Catawba College Men's Swimming Team Adds Four


Catawba College Swimming Team Coach Betsy Graham has announced four incoming freshman for the 2012-2013 academic year. The incoming class is one of the best classes yet to join the team and will take the team one step further toward its national NCAA Division II goals.

Men's Team
The Men's Team is coming off its best season yet breaking almost every school record, posting dozen of NCAA B cuts, receiving All Conference Honors, All Academic Honors, and a CSCAA All-American Academic Honors. Four student athletes on the team received CSCAA All-American Academic Honorable Mentions. The Men's Team had a fifth place finish in the Blue Grass Mountain Conference.

Team Coach Betsy Graham said, "I am very excited for this incoming class. We had a very young team on the Men's side that was very successful last year. With this incoming class, I see a lot of great things for the guys. I am confident that we are going to meet some of our national level goals as well as the conference level goals that we have established for ourselves."

Sebastian Holmberg, Stockholm Sweden.
Sebastian won Swedish Nationals for juniors in 2010, earning 6 gold and 2 bronzes. In 2011, Sebastian returns to the Swedish Nationals to earn another 8 medals in the backstroke and individual medley events. He was a part of the national team to the Nordic Youth Games earning another 6 gold medals.

Sebastian is going to be one of the key swimmers to qualify for the NCAA National Team and also improve Catawba's standing in conference championship. Graham explained, "Sebastian will be a tremendous help to the team in backstroke and individual medley events. He is very versatile and will be a fantastic addition to the team."

Javgeni Gamper, Villena Lithuanian
Javgeni will swim mostly breaststroke. This year, Javgeni qualified to the Junior European Championship in the breaststroke events. He finished as high as 17 and just missed the semi-finals of his 100 Breaststroke event. He also was a Junior National Medalist in Lithuania and improved a lot in the last year.

Graham noted: "Javgeni is going to be strengthening our breaststroker and freestyle strokes. In the last year, Javgeni showed a significant improvement and I am sure that we will be able to take him to the next step."

Zach Hatley, Albemarle North Carolina
Spring Freestyle
A native of North Carolina, Zach is coming from the local RAC club team where he participated for four years and qualified to the YMCA Nationals.

Alex Griffin, Monroe North Carolina
Graham said of Alex and Zach, "Both are very talented and young in swimming. They have a lot of room to grow and improve inside the pool."

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