West Virginia Wesleyan to Add 3 Women, 7 Men to The Class of 2019

West Virginia Wesleyan College, in Buckhannon, West Virginia, is a program on the rise. The women’s and men’s teams are both part of the very competitive Bluegrass Mountain Conference, where despite a rapidly-improving field, they have shown strong growth over the last several years.

BMC Women Men
2014 272 (9 of 14) 246 (12 of 14)
2013 63.5 (11 of 12) 104 (10 of 12)
2012 92 (12 of 13) 139 (9 of 14)
2011 98 (11 of 13) 246 (7 of 13)


Both programs have seen their rosters grow in numbers and in depth over the last four years. According to head coach April Gitzen, “We are a young program who has experienced steady growth. Looking into the future, there is no doubt that this program is going to be unstoppable. As we continue to grow and develop as a team we become stronger. As a team we will strive to achieve our goals while maintaining high grade point averages. Ultimately, we are students before we are athletes. As Wesleyan continues to rise as a private college, the men’s and women’s swim teams will continue to develop into one of the top 25 NCAA Division II programs.”

The incoming freshmen will include:

Mackenzie Robatin – Uniontown, PA – backstroke & butterfly
Emily Kroll – Clarksburg, WV – freestyle
Nina Flores – Cross Lanes, WV – freestyle
Michael Muller – Wheeling, WV – freestyle
Daniel Williams – Allison Park, PA – freestyle
Andrew Goode – Bucyrus, KS – butterfly
Alex Montpetit -Ottawa Canada – freestyle, IM
Brennan Nettleton – Bakersfield, CA – butterfly
Tyler Ducar – Hampton, VA – freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke
Dominik Schopper – Vienna Austria – breaststroke

WVWC swimming is a team founded on perseverance, hard work, and dedication. We strive for excellence through every stroke, flip turn, and dive. We come together to cheer each other on and support one another through our ambition. We go by the motto “records are meant to be broken” to push our limits and to achieve what we only dream of doing and becoming. Though our school is small the friendliness is everywhere. Knowing someone everywhere you go makes you feel more at home than your home away from home. Not only is excellence striven for in the pool but also in the classroom. Everyone works together to push you to your best ability in and out of the classroom. Although we are considered to be two teams, we are one big family.  – April Gitzen, Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach, West Virginia Wesleyan College

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Mackenzie Robatin

Proud to be a WVWC Bobcat! Can’t wait for the new journey to began!


Very exciting for the school and the community of Buckhannon. Cant wait to see what the Bobcats have in store!

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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