Entering his third season at the helm of the Rollins Swim programs, Head Coach Kyle Berg is welcoming 19 new swimmers for the 2018-19 season. The ten additions to the men's squad hail from three countries and seven different states and include one transfer, while the women's team adds nine swimmers from six states and two countries and one transfer student athlete.
Emily Curran, from Cranbury, New Jersey, will join Rollins after graduating from Princeton High School. Emily specializes in freestyle events, most notably the 50, 100, and 200 Yard swims. She, along with her high school team, broke a Guinness World Record last fall.
Marisa Gingerich hails from York, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Central York High School. However, she joins the Tars after previously swimming at the University at Buffalo. She specializes in backstroke events, with her best time a 56.13 in the 100 yard swim. Emily will be working for a judge this summer.
Alana Goodwin graduated from Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She swims the distance freestyle events, listing her best event as the 1000 Yard freestyle with a time of 10:49.98. Alana recently climbed Mount Oxford in Colorado, and plans on continuing to climb mountains of even high elevations in the future.
Ashley Gunter travels south to Rollins from Jacksonville, Florida, where she graduated from the Episcopal School if Jacksonville. She lists the 200 Yard Backstroke and the 100 Yard Backstroke as her best events. She also enjoys ceramics, participating in the craft fou all four years of high school.
Emma Jones, from Midlothian, Virginia, graduated from Cosby High School. She will look to help the Tars in both the Freestyle and Butterfly events, she lists the 500 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Freestyle, and 100 Yard Butterfly as her best strokes. Emma also has a twin brother.
Shae Knox comes to Rollins from Concord, North Carolina, where she graduated from Concord High School. With a time of 1:00.7 she lists the 100 Yard Butterfly as her best event, followed by the 100 and 200 Yard Freestyle swims. Shae's older sister is still upset at her because Shae upstaged her during a meet and greet with Justin Bieber, when Shae was 11.
Beatriz Barbosa Olivieri joins the Tars from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she attended Colegio e Vestibular de Aaz. Her best events are the 100 and 200 yard butterfly events. Beatriz also believes that everyone needs a soundtrack to their lives, and therefore listens to music whenever possible.
Samantha Shelly makes the short trip down I4 from Deland, after graduating from Deland High School. She lists the Backstroke and the Freestyle sprints as her favorite events. Samantha recently grew taller than her mom, and now stands at 6'2".
Sydney Willis hails from Raleigh, North Carolina where she graduated from Raleigh Charter High School. She lists the 200 Yard and 500 Yard Freestyle as her favorite events, followed by the 200 Individual Medley. As a child Sydney hoped to open a donut shop, on a farm.
Joe Dutton travels to Rollins from Troy High School in Troy Ohio. Specializing in distance events, he lists his two favorite swims as the 500 Freestyle and 1650 Freestyle. Joe hopes to become a veterinarian and work with wildlife conservation efforts in Africa.
Johnny Gush hails from Charleston, South Carolina where he graduated from Wando High School. His best event is the 200 Yard Butterfly, with a low time of 1:51.23. He also participates in the 100 Yard Butterfly, and Backstroke events.
Ben Hammond, a graduate of Hobbs High School, makes the trip to Winter Park from Hobbs, New Mexico. With a time of 1:02.39, he lists the 100 Yard Backstroke as his best event, while also participating in the 100 and 50 Yard Freestyle swims. Ben can hold his breath for an astounding four minutes.
Christian Huber will join the Tars all the way from Sindelfingen, Baden-Wuerttembrg, Germany, after attending Pfarrwiesen gymnasium Sindelfigen. A Freestyle specialist, he claims the 100, 50, and 200 Yard swims as his best events. Christian also served as mayor of a small Italian town for three minutes.
Michael Nicther attended Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He lists the 100 and 200 Yard Breaststroke events as his two best swims, with times of 1:02.94 and 2:18.13 respectively. Michael is also a certified scuba diver.
Joshua Duane Roberts hails from Nassau, Bahamas, and graduated from St. John's Prep. He lists the 200 Yard Backstroke as his best event, with a top time of 1:53.95; he also swims the 100 Yard Backstroke, and the 500 Yard Freestyle. Joshua is also an excellent free diver.
Harrison Robertson hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and graduated from Landstown High School before attending Emmanuel College. His best events are the 200 and 100 Yard Freestyle swims, with times of 1:46.46 and 48.08. Harrison has saved numerous people serving as an ocean rescue lifeguard.
Keegan Rose heads north to Rollins from Miami, Florida, where he was a graduate of Miami Killian Senior High School. He swims in the 50, 100, and 500 Yard Freestyle events, with times of 22.69, 50.31, and 4:59.84.
Brady Spear, a native of Springfield, Oregon, and graduate of Thurston High School will make the cross country trip to Rollins. He claims the 50 Yard Freestyle and the 100 Yard Freestyle as his best events, followed by the 100 Yard breaststroke. Brady is the oldest of 6 children.
Jake Varela is a local product who will stay home after graduating from Winter Park High School. He lists the 50 Yard Freestyle and the 100 Yard Freestyle as his best swims, while also participating in the 100 Yard Backstroke. Before settling in Winter Park, Jake had lived in four other states throughout his childhood.
The Rollins swim team will look to build upon another successful season when they take to the pool in the winter. During the 2017-18 campaign the Tars broke 18 school records, and qualified two swimmers for the NCAA Championships.
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