Jan. 23, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou swimming program signed 10 standout swimmers to National Letters of Intent, Head Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh announced on Wednesday. All 10 will join the Tigers for the 2013-14 season.
Missouri's signing class includes Michael Chadwick (Charlotte, N.C.), Carter Griffin (Parker, Colo.), Eddie Mapel (Hinsdale, Ill.), Kevin Poskin (Chesterfield, Mo.), Andrew Sansoucie (Wentzville, Mo.) and Martin Wallace (Broomfield, Colo.) on the men's side and Arianna Bernstein (Crownsville, Md.), Brittany Hammond (Delray Beach, Fla.), Katharine Ross (Des Moines, Iowa) and Ellie Suek (Eden Prairie, Minn.) on the women's side.
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A native of Charlotte, N.C., Chadwick swam for both SwimMAC Carolina and the Charlotte Latin School. He qualified for Junior Nationals in 2012 in three events (100 breast, 200 IM and 100 free) and made the finals in both the 200 IM and the 100 free. Chadwick also won the 2012 200 IM state title.
Why Michael chose Mizzou:
"I chose Missouri for the outstanding coaching staff and the overall family environment. The facilities are amazing and the campus is beautiful. I knew from the moment I walked on campus that I wanted to be a Missouri Tiger."
One of two signees from the state of Colorado, Griffin hails from Parker, Colo., and swims for the Denver Hilltoppers and Chapparal High School. He competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 back and was a Junior National finalist. Griffin is also a two-time Colorado state champion in the 200 and 500 free.
Why Carter chose Mizzou:
"I chose Mizzou because I am really excited about the coaching staff and the direction of the program. I also really enjoyed the athletes and the team environment. I can't wait to be a Tiger!"
Maple comes to Missouri from Hinsdale, Ill., where he swims for Hinsdale Central High School and the Westmont Swim Club. He is a USA Swimming Senior National qualifier and competed at the USA Swimming Summer Junior Nationals in the 100 and 200 breast. Maple also earned All-America honors in the 200 medley relay in 2012.
Why Eddie chose Mizzou:
"Mizzou is the perfect fit for me. I feel that the Mizzou coaches are going to take the team to new levels in the NCAAs - I really want to be a part of that! Mizzou offers a great blend of academics and athletics, and Columbia is an awesome town that has great Tiger spirit."
A native of Chesterfield, Mo., Poskin will join his sister Liza, a current sophomore, on the Tiger squad next season. He swims for Rockwood Swim Club and Marquette High School, where he earned third-place finishes in the 100 fly at the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Championship meet in 2011 and 2012. Poskin also finished fourth in the 200 IM in 2011 and placed fifth in both the 200 IM and 200 medley relay in 2012. In the classroom, he earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-America honors in 2011.
Why Kevin chose Mizzou:
"I chose Mizzou because of its excellent academics, top-of-the-line facilities and strong team bond."
Sansousie, the top-rated recruit in the state of Missouri, swims for Rex Plex Sharks and Timberland High School is his hometown of Wentzville. He competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials after qualifying in both the 50 free and 100 fly. Sansoucie claimed both the 50 free and 100 fly Missouri state titles in 2011 and 2012 and holds the Missouri state record in the butterfly (47.96).
Why Andrew chose Mizzou:
"Mizzou is the perfect fit for me as a student, an athlete and a person. On my recruiting trip, it was the school that "just felt right." Being a Missouri resident, I have performed at Mizzou before and absolutely love the pool - I can't wait to swim in it every day and take advantage of all the amazing facilities. The campus size and population are a perfect fit for me as well. On my recruiting trip I bonded well with both the coaching staff and team, both groups were extremely welcoming. I can't wait to get to know all of them better next year when I being my Mizzou career."
Wallace hails from Broomfield, Colo., where he swims for Broomfield High School and the North Jeffco Swim Team. He is a Junior Nationals qualifier in five events (200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free and 200 fly) and was the Colorado 4A state runner-up in both the 200 free in 100 fly in 2012. Out of the pool, Wallace earned Scholastic All-America honors in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 free, the 100 and 200 fly and the 200 back.
Why Martin chose Mizzou:
"I chose the University of Missouri because of the opportunities this great university has for me. The coaches have created an environment where I feel I will be able to succeed as an athlete and student at the highest level. The opportunities outside the pool helped seal the deal. The Mizzou Athletic Training Complex, combined with the exceptional support staff surrounding the team, made this choice an easy one. Go Tigers!"
A native of Crownsville, Md., Bernstein attends St. Timothy's School and swims for the Retriever Aquatic Club. She has qualified for Winter Nationals in the 100 back and participated in Winter Junior Nationals in both the 100 and 200 back. In the classroom, Bernstein was named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America team in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Why Arianna chose Mizzou:
"I chose Mizzou because of the incredible bond the team has with one another, the wonderful coaching staff, the support systems offered athletically and academically, and Mizzou's College of Business. The team has a bond with one another that will allow me to feel like I am at home. The coaching staff and team are all highly motivated, which I know will create an excellent atmosphere for me to train and perform at my best. I do not think you will find another team as motivated as Mizzou."
Hammond, who hails from Delray Beach, Fla., attends and swims for Pine Crest School. She qualified for USA Nationals in the 200 and 500 free, as well as the 400 IM, and earned automatic All-America times in the 200 and 500 free. At the Florida state championships, Hammond placed third in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 free.
Why Hammond chose Mizzou:
"During my recruiting trip at Mizzou, I felt so welcomed, like I was already part of the team. I got along with the team really well and I knew I wanted to go there, that I couldn't see myself anywhere else. Also, the coaches at Mizzou are incredible; they are by far the best set of coaches I could ever imagine. I can't wait to be a Mizzou Tiger."
Ranked as Iowa's top 2013 female recruit, Des Moines native Ross swims for Central Iowa. She qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 breast and is a three-time high school All-American (2009, 2011 and 2012). In November, Ross claimed the Iowa state 100 breast title in record time.
Why Katharine chose Mizzou:
"I am confident that at Mizzou I can have a wonderful swimming experience in both training and character building. I love the campus, as well as all the coaching staff and team."
Suek, who hails from Eden Prairie, Minn., comes to Mizzou from Eden Prairie High School and Team Foxjet. A 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200 back, she earned high school All-America honors in the 200 IM and was a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Additionally, Suek is the Minnesota state record holder in the 200 back (LCM) and won state titles in the 200 back (SCY and LCM) and the 400 IM (LCM).
Why Ellie chose Mizzou:
"The coaching staff at Mizzou really impressed me. The team is full of great, dedicated athletes and the facilities are excellent. I am excited to be part of a program that I believe can take my swimming to the next level. The school has a great atmosphere and the campus is beautiful. I can't wait to be a Tiger!"