May 20, 2008
Columbia, Mo. - University of Missouri Head Swimming and Diving Coach Brian Hoffer announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to his men's program on Tuesday. The 2008 recruiting class is made up of swimmers from five states, including three from Texas, two each from Ohio and Illinois and one athlete apiece from Missouri, Tennessee and Poland.
The 2008 signing class includes Jan Konarzewski (Warszawa, Poland), Scott Martin (Columbus, Ohio), Jack Dwyer (Flower Mound, Texas); Michael Lopresti (Columbus, Ohio), Ethan Rose (Parkville, Mo.), Adam Abernathy (Bartlett, Tenn.), John Higgins (Saint Charles, Ill.) Erik Maczko (Wheeling, Ill.), Max Kerwick (Austin, Texas) and John Howell (Allen, Texas).
"This class has outstanding potential and brings us much closer to our goals of being one of the best team in the country," Hoffer said. "The team and staff worked really hard to bring these guys to Mizzou and I feel that all of them have the character and focus it takes to be the best."
2008 Missouri Men's Swimming and Diving Recruiting Class
Jan Konarzewski, Back, Warszawa, Poland
A native of Poland, Jan Konarzewski competes in the 50 backstroke, 100 back and has a career high of 1:45 in the 200 back. Konarzewski was coached by Dorota Chylak for the Polonia Warszawa
Hoffer on Konarzewski: "Jan is the best backstroker we've ever signed here at Mizzou. He'll arrive on campus a couple seconds faster than our school record in the 200 backstroke. We feel that he'll be a major player at the Big 12 Championship meet as well as NCAA Champsionships."
Scott Martin, Free/Fly/ IM/Breast, Columbus, Ohio
Martin has career best times of 45.79 in the 100 free, 1:42.12 in the 200 free, 49.51 in the 100 fly, 1:53.65 in the 200 IM and 57.07 in the 100 breast. Martin swam for New Albany Swim Club with fellow signee Michael Lopresti where they were coached by Brad Burget
Hoffer on Martin: "In the 400 free relay at the Ohio State High School Championship meet Scott dove in for the final leg in third place and ended up winning by a landslide. Because his team won that relay they won the State Championship. Not only is Scott extremely talented and versatile but he's also a tremendous racer and someone who'll contribute to our national success immediately."
Jack Dwyer, Free, Flower Mound, Texas
An outstanding student-athlete, Dwyer swam for Mook Rodenbaugh and the Dallas Mustangs. He has recorded top times of 20.87 in the 50 free and 46.15 in the 100 free.
Hoffer on Dwyer: "Jack is pure speed. We feel that he'll challenge to be a member of our A relays right away. Also, his potential as an up and coming sprinter in college swimming is endless."
Michael Lopresti, Breast, Columbus, Ohio
Lopresti joins fellow signee Scott Martin from the New Albany Swim Club, where they coached by Brad Burget. He has posted top times of 57.22 in the 100 breast and 2:06.51 in the 200 breast.
Hoffer on Lopresti: "Michael is one of the most talented breaststrokers we've ever signed. More importantly he brings a great work ethic as well as a willingness to learn and grow. Along with Martin Cernansky and Ted Harris, he'll form an extremely formidable trio in our breaststroke events for next season."
Ethan Rose, Free/Back/ Fly, Parkville, Mo.
The only member of the 2008 recruiting class from Missouri, Rose logged career bests of 1:42 in the 200 free, 4:40.67 in the 500 free, 52.90 in the 100 back and 52.36 in the 100 fly. He swam for the Tsunami Swim Team under coach Tom Kleiboeker.
Hoffer on Rose: "We've kept track of Ethan's progress over the past few years and have been impressed. His club coach, Tom, has done a great job developing Ethan throughout his high school years and we truly believe that he'll grow into a very successful college swimmer. We've love the way he competes and can't wait for him to join the Missouri Tiger family."
Adam Abernathy, Back, Bartlett, Tenn.
Abernathy has career highs of 52.55 in the 100 back and 1:52.98 in the 200 back. He swam for Bartlett Xtreme Swim Team coached by Richard Fadgen.
Hoffer on Abernathy: "With a tall, slim frame Adam is poised to make major strides as a college swimmer. Once he gets stronger and becomes comfortable in our program Adam will be poised to achieve many great things here at Mizzou."
John Higgins, Back/Fly, Saint Charles, Ill.
Higgins swam for coach Tim Lewarchick on the St. Carles Swim Team where he recorded personal best times of 52.06 in the 100 back, 1:53.71 in the 200 back and 52.57 in the 100 fly.
Hoffer on Higgins: "John is a speedy backstroker who will also compete for us in the 100 fly. When John came on his official visit this spring we could tell that it was an instant fit for both parties involved. There was a comfort level which will help ease his transition from high school to college here at Mizzou."
Erik Maczko, Back/Fly, Wheeling, Ill.
An outstanding student-athlete, Maczko has career highs of 52.67 in the 100 back and 52.55 in the 100 fly. He swam for the Patriot Aquatic Club coached by Karl Milkereit.
Hoffer on Maczko: "Erik's a very exciting young man. He permeates energy, which is a very important characteristic that we look for in our athletes. In addition to his energy we feel that he's got the talent and work ethic to become a major ingredient for our recipe for success."
Max Kerwick, Free/ Fly, Austin, Texas
Kerwick enters Mizzou with career highs of 21.48 in the 50 free, 47.66 in the 100 free and 51.93 in the 100 fly. He swam under coach Tim O'Brien for Nitro Swimming.
Hoffer on Kerwick: "Max is another sprinter that we're excited about. Like Jack and Scott, he gives us instant speed in our relays as well as our sprint squad. Also Max is a very accomplished student, which is our number one priority here at Mizzou."
John Howell, Back/Free, Allen, Texas
Coached by Brent Mitchell of Metroplex Aquatics, Howell comes to Missouri with career best marks in the 100-back (52.06), 200-back (1:52.76) and 100-free (47.51).
Hoffer on Howell: ""We are extremely excited that John decided to become a Missouri Tiger. He's really come into his own in the past year and we're looking for him to continue that progress once he arrives on campus this fall."