Bucknell Swim & Dive Declares 2023 Freshman Lessons


Courtesy: Bucknell Athletics

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Head coach Dan Schinnerer introduced Tuesday that 16 newcomers have joined the Bucknell swimming & diving program. The incoming rookie class will be part of the Bison girls’s and males’s groups that graduated a mixed 16 student-athletes in Might.

The ladies’s group will welcome 9 incoming first-years this fall, and the boys’s group can have seven in its class of 2027. Each stroke specification is represented, and each groups added a diver.

The ladies’s group welcomed newcomers hailing from seven states: Connecticut (2), Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York (2) and Pennsylvania.

“This group will certainly make an instantaneous influence and supply each depth and high quality to all our occasions,” Schinnerer mentioned. “We’re excited by the potential right here and stay up for watching this group mesh with our returners to assist us proceed to progress as a program,”

The seven student-athletes becoming a member of the boys’s group hail from 5 completely different states in addition to Canada: Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ontario.

“Whereas we now have some large sneakers to fill with our senior class graduating, fairly actually in Leo Kuyl’s case, we’re excited that this group will are available in and make an instantaneous influence on the success of the group,” mentioned Schinnerer. “A number of members of the category will assist us on the dash facet whereas additionally including depth in different occasions. We really feel that this group will assist us proceed to enhance as a group.”

Bucknell’s girls’s group positioned third on the 2023 Patriot League Championships and posted a 6-2 (5-2 PL) file in twin meets final season. The group graduated two of its 5 2023 All-Patriot League honorees, together with 1650 gold-medalist Sabrina Vumbacco.

The boys’s program positioned third on the Patriot League Championships as nicely and matched the ladies’s file in twin meet competitors. Each applications additionally took second on the ECAC Championships. The boys graduated 2023 All-Patriot honoree and 50 freestyle champion Leo Kuyl.

Ladies’s Newcomers

Samantha Benzija
Again/Fly/Free, Kinnelon, N.J., Kinnelon

Earlier than Bucknell: Served as a group captain for the Kinnelon Colts … five-time All-New Jersey Athletic Convention Second Workforce honoree and four-time All-NJAC First Workforce honoree … helped lead her group to a 2023 sectional title and state championship … holds Kinnelon Excessive Faculty data within the 200 medley relay and 100 backstroke … captured the 2023 Morris County breaststroke title … 2023 Morris County Scholar-Athlete Award winner … additionally competed for Jersey Flyers Aquatic Membership … Futures qualifier within the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.

Private: Samantha Rose Benzija … born Dec. 30, 2004 in Pompton Plains, N.J. … daughter of Lisa and Walter Benzija … has one sibling: Alyssa … sister swims on the College of Scranton.

Talia Bugel
Again/Free, Pittsburgh, Pa., Fox Chapel

Earlier than Bucknell: Workforce captain for the Fox Chapel Foxes … All-State honoree … 2021 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League particular person champion within the 100 backstroke … two-time WPIAL 200 medley and 400 freestyle champion … Pennsylvania state runner-up in 200 medley (2022) and 400 freestyle relay (2023) … helped information the Foxes to a 2022-23 WIPAL runner-up end and three part championships … holds faculty data within the 100 backstroke, 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay.

Private: Talia Marie Bugel … born Oct. 21, 2004 in Pittsburgh, Pa. … daughter of Christy Bugel … has one sibling: Garrett Lynn … brother performed soccer at California College of Pennsylvania.

Kelly Byrne
Free/IM, Mount Kisco, N.Y. … Horace Greeley

Earlier than Bucknell: 4-time All-League, three-time All-Part and two-time All-State honoree … additionally earned All-American relay honors and All-American Tutorial recognition … helped information the Quakers to 2 undefeated seasons and a state championship title in 2021 … earned a 2022 third-place end in New York state within the 500 freestyle … positioned first in Part 1 within the 500 freestyle in 2022 … garnered All-American honors in 2021 with a first-place end within the 500 freestyle relay at states … four-time Futures finalist … Nationwide Workforce Member for Westchester Aquatics Membership.

Private: Kelly Platt Byrne … born July 28, 2005 in Mount Kisco, N.Y. … daughter of Susan and Tim Byrne … has two siblings: Scott and Nina … mom swam at Duke.

Sydney Dettmann
Free/Fly/Again, Marine, Minn., Stillwater Space

Earlier than Bucknell: Served as group captain for the Stillwater Ponies … three-time All-State honoree … 2022 200 freestyle highschool champion … part champion 10 occasions … a part of Ponies group that has captured convention and part championships 21 years in a row and gained 195 consecutive twin meets … additionally competed for St. Croix Swim Membership.

Private: Sydney Jane Dettman … born Jan. 5, 2005 in St. Paul, Minn. … daughter of Christine and Jon … has one sibling: Hannah … sister swims at San José State.

Kate Handley
Breast, Weston, Mass., Weston

Earlier than Bucknell: Workforce captain for the Weston Wildcats … set the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation sectionals 100 breaststroke file … holds the varsity file within the 100 breaststroke as each a first-year and on varsity … captured a 100 breaststroke win at sectionals and positioned third at states as a first-year … additionally competed for Commonwealth Swimming and NASA Wildcats … named a 2022 Scholastic All-American.

Private: Katherine Isabel Handley … born Feb. 8, 2005 in Greenwich, Conn. … daughter of Alison and George Handley … has one sibling: Ethan … mom swam at Yale.

Virginia Hastings
Free/again/IM, Wilton, Conn., Wilton

Earlier than Bucknell: Served as group captain for the Wilton Warriors … All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Convention and All-State honoree … two-time FCIAC champion within the 500 freestyle … 2022 Excellent Senior Award recipient … Wilton’s school-record holder within the 500 freestyle … additionally competed for Wilton YMCA Wahoos … junior nationwide qualifier and scorer … two-time Janel Jorgensen Award winner as most inspirational swimmer of the 12 months … Connecticut Swimming Scholar-Athlete honoree.

Private: Virginia Ruth Hastings … born June 11, 2005 in Wilton, Conn. … daughter of Kim and Peter Hastings … has three siblings: William, Liela and Charlie … sister, Liela, swam at Fairfield College.

Sara Ketron
Free, Atlanta, Ga., The Westminster Faculties, Briarcliff

Earlier than Bucknell: Swam for each the Westminster Wildcats and the Briarcliff Bears … served as group captain … obtained All-League and All-State honors … captured Georgia state championship titles within the 500 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 200 freestyle relay … helped set the Georgia state file within the 400 freestyle relay … additionally competed for Empire Swimming and Dynamo Swim Membership.

Private: Sara Jordan Ketron … born Feb. 5, 2005 in Atlanta, Ga. … daughter of Cheryl and Greg Ketron … has two siblings: Anna and Emily … sister swims at Lafayette.

Natalie Penman
Diving, New Canaan, Conn., New Canaan

Earlier than Bucknell: Served as group captain for the New Canaan Rams … earned All-State and All-American honors … captured a Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Convention championship title … helped the varsity’s diving group win each twin meet … maintain’s the New Canaan Subject Membership file (6 dives, 261.38 factors) … additionally competed for Whirlwind Diving and was a YMCA nationwide qualifier and finisher.

Private: Natalie Elizabeth Penman … born Aug. 17, 2005 in Stamford, Conn. … daughter of Tammy and Gregg Penman … has two siblings: Samantha and Jessie.

Ashley Piacentino
Free/Fly, Carmel, N.Y., North Salem

Earlier than Bucknell: 4-time All-League honoree and one-time All-Part honoree … served as group captain … competed at each sectionals and states 4 occasions for the North Salem Tigers … four-time Scholar-Athlete Award winner … Futures qualifier.

Private: Ashley Shaye Piacentino … born Jan. 21, 2005 in Mount Kisco, N.Y. … daughter of Kristen and Frank Piacentino … has two siblings: Victoria and Isabella … father competed in rowing at Villanova.

Males’s Newcomers

Drew Greene
Free/Fly/Again, Annapolis, Md., McDonogh Faculty

Earlier than Bucknell: Obtained All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation and All-American honors … helped lead the McDonogh Eagles to 4 MIAA championship titles … Alec Cosgarea Award recipient.

Private: Andrew Ellis Greene … born April 16, 2005 in Annapolis, Md. … son of Nancy Greene and Andrew Skopp … has 4 siblings: Mitchell, Elliot, Theo and Nicholas.

Caleb Kubiak
IM/Fly/Again/Free, Cedarburg, Wis., Dwelling Phrase Lutheran

Earlier than Bucknell: Swam for the Dwelling Phrase Lutheran Timberwolves … additionally competed for Ozaukee Aquatics membership group … 2023 Nationwide Membership Swimming Affiliation finalist within the 200 IM … 2023 quick course state third-place finisher … 2022 lengthy course Wisconsin state champion within the 400 freestyle … seven-time NCSA qualifier and five-time Futures qualifier.

Private: Caleb Aiden Kubiak … born July 14, 2005 in Milwaukee, Wis. … son of Christi and Chad Kubiak … has one sibling: Katie … father performed baseball at College of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

James Lombardi
Breast, Marlboro, N.J., Marlboro

Earlier than Bucknell: Two-year group captain for the Marlboro Mustangs … Monmouth County file holder within the 200 medley relay … multi-year finalist on the YMCA Nationals … Winter Junior Nationals qualifier.

Private: James Christopher Lombardi … born Oct. 24, 2005 in Lengthy Department, N.J. … son of Carol and James … has two siblings: Jeannette and Joseph.

Finn Russell
Free/Fly, Caldwell, N.J., James Caldwell

Earlier than Bucknell: Workforce captain for the Caldwell Chiefs … earned Third Workforce All-State honors … set faculty data within the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay … 2022 first-place finisher within the 50 butterfly on the 2022 YMCA Lengthy-Course Nationals.

Private: Finn John Coogan Russell … born Jan. 13, 2005 in Montclair, N.J. … son of Elizabeth Coogan Russell and Brendan Russell … has one sibling: Owen … mom competed in swimming at Delaware.

Colin Smith
Free/Fly, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute

Earlier than Bucknell: Ontario Excessive Faculty Championships medalist … additionally competed for North York Aquatic Membership … Canadian Junior Trials qualifier … Canadian Junior Championships qualifier … was an Japanese Championships medalist, capturing silver within the 50 freestyle and bronze within the 4×100 freestyle relay.

Private: Colin Samuel Vivash Smith … born Nov. 12, 2004 in Toronto … son of Catherine Vivash and Matthew Smith … has three siblings: Katie, Campbell and Connor.

Connor Thurston
Diving, Doylestown, Pa., Central Bucks East

Earlier than Bucknell: Served as a diving captain for the East Patriots … earned All-State and All-American honors in diving … earned a runner-up end at league championship in 2023 and positioned fourth on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation state meet … positioned seventh at PIAAs in 2022 … helped information the Patriots to an Eleventh-place end at PIAAs in 2023 … additionally competed for Germantown Academy Dive Membership … additionally lettered in in observe & subject and obtained All-League honors.

Private: Connor Michael Thurston … born July 12, 2005 in Fairfax, Va. … son of Amy and Michael Thurston … has two siblings: Claire and Cody … mom competed in observe & subject at William & Mary.

Riley Twiss
Free/Fly, Westport, Conn., Staples

Earlier than Bucknell: Workforce captain for the Staples Wreckers … named First Workforce All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Convention honors … obtained All-State recognition in Connecticut … was the 2023 YMCA nationwide runner-up within the 1000 freestyle … additionally competed for the Westport Water Wrats.

Private: Riley Thomas Twiss … born Dec. 20, 2004 in Norwalk, Conn. … son of Candace and Robert … has one sibling: Austin.


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