Emmitsburg, Md. (August 29, 2016) -- Mount St. Mary's University swimming & diving Head Coach Neil Yost has announced the freshmen classes for the men's and women's squads for the 2016-17 season.
Brock Cudahy (Manassas, Va.), Matt Hart (Haddon Township, N.J.), Vincent Huang (San Ramon, Calif.), Andrew Quinan (Manassas, Va.), Michael Rebarchak (Harrisburg, Pa.), Liam Taylor (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Will Twizell (Adelaide, Australia) and Matt Wehmeyer (Point Pleasant, N.J.) make up the men's freshmen class for the inaugural season of Mount St. Mary's men's swimming & diving. The eight freshmen join sophomores Eiann Bulatao (Reisterstown, Md.) and Michael Kenney (Livonia, Mich.) and juniors Roland Edge (Mechanicsville, Md.), Aidan McCormick (Yorktown, Va.) and Sean Smith (Severn, Md.) on the roster for the first season in school history.
On the women's side, the Mountaineers bring in freshmen Victoria Aung (Springfield, Va.), Maggie deTar (Post Falls, Idaho), Peyton Fuller (Ellicott City, Md.), Shannon McCloskey (Earleville, Md.), Brianna Rizzo (Pequannock, N.J.) and Colette Robinson (Hershey, Pa.). Fuller will be the team's first diver in program history after the Mount added diving prior to the start of the school year.
"We are really excited to announce not only another strong incoming group of women for the fall of 2016, but also our first class of men," said Yost. "All of these first-year athletes display the hard work, determination, and grit that we look for in Mount students. These qualities have already carried them to success in the classroom and the pool, and will continue to do so through their time with us and beyond."
"There was some doubt thrown our way when we announced the addition of the men's program about whether we could put together a team in such a short amount of time. Not only did we accomplish that, but we brought men to campus that are not just swimmers but are great people who will be strong contributors not only in the pool but to the entire campus community," said Yost.
MEN'S FRESHMEN CLASS
Brock Cudahy * Manassas, Va. * Osbourn Park HS
∙ Named an all-conference performer in each of his final three seasons of high school
∙ Earned all-state and all-region honors in 2016
∙ Helped lead his team to a conference championship his freshman season
Yost on Cudahy: "Brock shows good speed in butterfly events and will lead our sprint events along with fellow freshman Andrew Quinan."
Matt Hart * Haddon Township, N.J. * Haddon Township HS
∙ Team captain for his senior season at Haddon Township High School
∙ Named first team all-conference as a senior
∙ Helped lead his squad to an undefeated regular season and an Atlantic Division Title in 2015-16
Yost on Hart: "Matt will help provide depth for us and we're looking forward to seeing where he grows in our lineup."
Vincent Huang * San Ramon, Calif. * California HS
∙ Named a Scholastic All-American his junior and senior years
∙ Helped lead his team to a sixth-place finish at NCA and 12th place at state championships in 2016
Yost on Huang: "Vincent is another strong breaststroker and will swim sprint free for us as well."
Andrew Quinan * Manassas, Va. * Seton HS
∙ Four-year swimmer at Seton High School
∙ Was a state qualifier during the 2015-16 season
Yost on Quinan: "Andrew will lead our sprint events along with fellow rookie Brock Cudahy."
Michael Rebarchak * Harrisburg, Pa. * Bishop McDevitt HS
Yost on Rebarchak: "Michael will provide some depth for our team and we're excited to see where he grows in the lineup."
Liam Taylor * Saskatoon, Saskatchewan * Centennial Collegiate
Yost on Taylor: "We look for Liam to bring a strong presence to our distance events."
Will Twizell * Adelaide, Australia * Scotch College
∙ Took gold in the 100 breaststroke and bronze in the 200 breaststroke at the Pacific School Games in 2015
Yost on Twizell: "Will is our go to/do anything guy. While his greatest strength is breaststroke, he can go anywhere in the lineup and go head to head with the other teams' best."
Matt Wehmeyer * Point Pleasant, N.J. * Point Pleasant Boro HS
∙ Four-year swimmer at Point Pleasant Boro High School
∙ Helped lead his team to a 2016 Ocean County Championship
Yost on Wehmeyer: "We're excited about Matt's potential and looking forward as he grows throughout his career with us."
WOMEN'S FRESHMEN CLASS
Victoria Aung * Springfield, Va. * Lake Braddock Secondary School
∙ Four-year swimmer at Lake Braddock Secondary School
∙ Helped lead her team to division championships in two straight seasons
Yost on Aung: "Victoria will help provide us with great depth across the lineup."
Maggie deTar * Post Falls, Idaho * St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
∙ Earned Scholastic All-American honors two times
∙ Helped lead her squad to a second-place finish at states in 2015
Yost on deTar: "Maggie has a very high ceiling and is extremely versatile. We can put her anywhere in a lineup and she will excel."
Peyton Fuller * Ellicott City, Md. * Mt. Hebron HS
Yost on Fuller: "We're excited to bring in Peyton as she'll be the first freshman diver in team history."
Shannon McCloskey * Earleville, Md. * Bohemia Manor HS
Yost on McCloskey: "Shannon will help provide us with great depth across the lineup."
Brianna Rizzo * Pequannock, N.J. * DePaul Catholic Wayne HS
∙ Named first team all-county her junior and senior seasons and earned Second Team Big North honors as a senior
∙ Collected all-county second team honors as a sophomore
∙ Named to the all-county honorable mention team her freshman season
Yost on Rizzo: "Brianna adds another strong breaststroker to our lineup. Our depth in that discipline is going to be a real strength for the next three years."
Colette Robinson * Hershey, Pa. * Hershey HS
∙ Earned All-American and All-American Honorable Mention recognition in her high school career
∙ State champion in both the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay in 2013 and 2014.
∙ Helped lead her team to state championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Yost on Robinson: "Colette was a member of Pennsylvania powerhouse Hershey High School's state team. We are really looking forward to seeing Colette bring her sprint capabilities to our relays and freestyle events."