OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University head swimming and diving coach Hollie Bonewit-Cron announced her first signing class with the Red & White.
A total of 25 freshmen are heading to Oxford in the fall in Meredith Applegate, Noah Barr, Will Bowater, Blake Brockman, Kayleigh Cannon, Hope Christy, Madison Folta, Jacob Halem, Nicholas Haller, Josef Hanson, Megan Hetzler, Madison Hoehn, Spencer Klinsky, Colleen McDermott, James McGuire, Michaela Mitchell, Martin Nitzken, Harrison Paul, Kathryn Robinson, Kate Scrimizzi, Grace Taylor, Austin Theobald, Hannah Wessel, Gordon Wheeler and Sam Wiedemann.
“I am excited to bring in this solid class of student-athletes to Miami University and having the talents of each of these swimmer and divers contribute to our program from the start,” Bonewit-Cron said. “They all hail from successful club programs and I look forward to developing their success further while with the RedHawks both short term and long term. I see an immediate impact with this class and am very excited about the strides we can make competitively in the Mid-American Conference and beyond.”
Applegate has developed at Charlotte Catholic High School’s powerhouse swimming team, helping the program win a pair of state titles to extend its streak to 14-straight state crowns in North Carolina. Her top three events coming to Miami are the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.13), 400-yard individual medley (4:27.32) and 200-yard backstroke (2:05.00).
Barr was named Metro Conference Swimmer of the Year in 2016 and helped Papillion Lavista South High School finish runner-up in the Nebraska State Championships. A 200-yard breaststroke specialist (2:04.05), he was also a member of the Midwestern All-Star Team in 2014.
Bowater, an academic All-American, joins the RedHawks from Hinsdale Central High School and West Swim Club in Hinsdale, Ill. A two-time captain and four-time letter-winner, he qualified for the Illinois state meet four times, helping his team win three relay titles and place in the top 3 each year. Bowater will specialize in the 200 (1:42.33) and 500 (4:47.70) freestyle for Miami.
Brockman earned four letters for St. Xavier High School’s vaunted program which earned three-straight Ohio High School state titles from 2014-16 and two National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association national titles from 2015-2016. He enters the program with conference-scoring times in the 100- (56.52) and 200-yard breaststroke (1:59.99).
Cannon comes from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., where she specialized in the 100- (56.13) and 200-yard (2:05.87) butterfly. She qualified for the National Club Swimming Association in both events in 2016 while also placing eighth in the state meet in the 100 and swimming on the school’s third-place medley relay team that same year. Cannon was a two-time all-conference and academic all-conference as well.
Christy competed for North Central High School and the Washington Township Swim Club in Indianapolis, where she specialized in the 100- (1:03.93) and 200-yard (2:23.00) breaststroke. In her career, Christy has been a school record holder, four-time sectional champ and four-time state qualifier. She was named to two all-conference teams and is an All-American.
Folta helped Fishers High School win a pair of conference titles in her prep career. She finished fifth in the three-meter dive at the 2017 USA Diving Junior Region 6 Championships and previously qualified for the 2016 USA Diving National Zone D meet.
Halem helped Clarksburg High School win a Maryland State title in 2014 and garnered second-place finishes at that meet in the 200-yard individual medley in 2015 and 2017. He looks to make an immediate impact for Miami in the 400-yard individual medley (4:01.46) and 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.
Haller comes to Miami from the Anderson Barracudas in Cincinnati, Ohio. He will add depth to Miami’s roster in both breaststroke events, with lifetime bests of 58.23 and 2:05.34 in the 100 and 200, respectively.
Hanson is a five-time letter winner for Minnetonka High School, which itself qualified for the Minnesota High School state meet four times in his time there. He earned all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior and was an All-American his sophomore year as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay. Hanson enters the program with impact times in the 50- (21.74), 100- (46.14) and 200-yard (1:39.96) freestyles.
Hetzler comes to Miami from Parkway South High School and STL Diving in Ballwin, Mo. She is a school record holder for 6 (264.3) and 11 (440.45) dives and is the reigning team MVP. She placed 6th at the Missouri state meet, 9th at the 2016 USA Diving National Zone D meet and 10th at the 2016 AAU Diving National Championships.
Hoehn set records at Valor Christian High School in the 100-yard butterfly (56.39), the 100-yard backstroke and three different relays. She helped her team to the 2016 state title and is a state record-holder (200 medley relay) and four-time state qualifier.
The brother of graduating senior Logan Klinsky, Spencer brings scoring times to the RedHawks in the 100- (49.39) and 200-yard butterfly (1:49.15). As a senior, he served as Brentwood High School’s team captain, earning his fourth varsity letter in the process. He was a four-time state qualifier who was a member of his school’s record-setting 200-yard medley relay team. He was also a member of the Regional “A-Team” as a junior.
McDermott has been a mainstay at the regional and state finals for Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Ky., helping the team qualify for the state meet in all four of her years there. She has also made it to the state, sectional and junior national meets for her Lakeside club team, specializing in the 100- (56.80) and 200-yard (2:02.16) backstroke.
McGuire helped Mount Vernon Presbyterian High School qualify for the state meet all four years he competed with the high point being a state runner-up finish in 2016. He was named his team’s MVP all four years and joins the RedHawks with impact times in the 100- (57.90) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.18) and 400-yard individual medley (4:00.51).
Mitchell brings potential in the 100- (56.74) and 200-yard (2:03.77) backstroke to Miami. She was a first-team all-conference performer in 2015 while guiding Lincoln-Way East High School to conference and sectional titles that same season.
Nitzken comes to Miami from Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, Ky., where he was first-team all-state and contributed to two state-record relay and three team championships. He brings immediate help to Miami’s backstroke corps, with lifetime bests of 50.70 in the 100 and 1:48.94 in the 200.
Paul is a school-record holder and state-meet qualifier from All Saints Academy in Lakeland, Fla. He was a district champion and was named First-Team All-County and Swimmer of the Year. He will look to contribute to the Hawks in several events, including the 200 freestyle (1:43.32).
Robinson hails from Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Conn, where she was a captain her senior year. She is a former state and YMCA national qualifier.
Scrimizzi, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, joins the RedHawks from Ursuline Academy and Countryside YMCA, where she was an honors student, two-sport athlete (cross country) and annual national team member. A three-time all-star, she will specialize in the 100 (56.81) and 200 (2:04.33) butterfly for Miami
Taylor is a four-year letter winner from Edina High School, where she was all-conference and all-state and contributed to four state teams and a state title. She will specialize in freestyle (1:51.72 in the 200) and IM for the RedHawks.
Theobald stepped onto the state championship stage and earned a 16th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle as a junior. He is a two-time state qualifier for Archbishop Moeller and a seven-time national qualifier for his Countryside YMCA team. A distance specialist, he will bring scoring times to Miami in the 500- (4:31.86) and 1650-yard (15:53.19) freestyle.
Wessel comes from Naperville North High School in Naperville, Ill., where she was a three-time state qualifier. She will add depth to the RedHawk breaststroke (1:06.37 in the 100) and IM events.
Wheeler competed in swimming and water polo at St. Xavier High School, winning a state title every season in swimming and also claiming two undefeated state crowns in water polo during that time. He is a two-time all-state selection and enters his freshman year with a top-8 time in the MAC in the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.45). Wheeler will also contribute to the RedHawks in mid-distance freestyle, butterfly and IM.
Wiedemann, a native of Centerville, Ohio, comes to the RedHawks from Centerville High School and WTRC Dive Team. There, he was an NCSA and AAU All-American, school-record holder (317.55 for 6 dives) and four-time state meet team member.
The Red & White are coming off fourth-place finishes in both the men’s and women’s Mid-American Conference Championships last season. The team saw returning diver Pei Lin earn All-America honors for the third-straight year with a runner-up finish in the three-meter dive along with a seventh-place showing in the one-meter dive at the NCAA Championships.