Bernardino Announces Recruiting Class
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia head swimming coach Mark Bernardino announced the signing of four men and five women to National Letters of Intent to join the swimming and diving program next fall.
Brady Fox (Olnney, Md.), Matthew Houser (Greenville, N.C.), Kevin Moore (Englewood, Colo.) and Matthew Murray (Saratoga, Calif.) will join the Cavalier men’s team while Meredith Cavalier (Stafford, Va.), Anais Menguy (Rockville, Md.), Christine Olson (Gilbert, Ariz.), Lauren Perdue (Greenville, N.C.) and Casey Ridge (Cincinnati, Ohio) will join the women’s squad.
“We are extremely pleased with the young men and women who have chosen to accept the opportunity to become part of the Virginia swimming and diving program,” Bernardino said. “We feel as though we have filled needs for both genders. We have found men and women who we believe have the potential to be NCAA qualifiers as individuals or as members of relays, and that’s critically important. We feel that we have recruited young men and women of extremely high character, academic skill, and who possess leadership qualities and personal characteristics that will help us continue to produce the outstanding student athlete and community member that we’re looking for at UVa.”
Three signees, Fox, Houser and Perdue, are members of the United States National Junior Team. The three of them along with Olson competed at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., last summer. Olson placed ninth in the 200 breast, reaching the semifinals. Moore, a diver, is a High School All-American and Junior National Qualifier.
The Cavaliers return to action Jan. 24 at home against nationally-ranked North Carolina.
SIGNEE TOP TIMES
Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (Sue Chen)
Bernardino on Fox: “Brady is a very versatile swimmer with a great work ethic who comes from outstanding coaching. We believe Brady will put his name in the UVa record book many times during his career and will count on him to be an outstanding swimmer on both the NCAA and international levels. Brady is destined to accomplish some great things at UVa.”
Greenville Swim Club (Casey Charles)
Bernardino on House: “Matt is another very versatile athlete. He is a hard worker and is another one who has been around great coaching. We believe Matt is a hidden jewel in the class of 2013. He should rise to very high levels of excellence at both the conference and NCAA championship meets. Matt will become the next in a long time of great butterfly and IM swimmers at UVa.”
Rocky Mountain Diving (Jack Perkins)
Bernardino on Moore: Kevin has a tremendous amount of potential and a very bright future as a diver. His older brother is the defending NCAA champion, and his father is an Olympic diver, so his lineage is outstanding and we’re hopeful that Kevin continues to develop his talents to the highest level as a Cavalier.
Palo Alto Swim Association (Scott Shea)
Bernardino on Murray: “Matt has made significant strides forward over just the last nine months. He too comes from an outstanding program and we anticipate Matt continuing to move forward and do some great things. He is still in the process of developing the 200 distances of his strokes but his potential is definitely high.”
Curl-Burke Swim Club (Pete Morgan)
Bernardino on Cavalier: “We feel Meredith is one of the up-and-coming sprinters out of the state of Virginia. She has had an outstanding career to this point in time. She is a strong athlete and we anticipate Meredith will be competing hard for relay spots and in the back and free events.”
Rockville Swim Club (Scott Vekeman)
50 Free24.38100 Free
200 Free91:50.74100 Fly55.55
Bernardino on Menguy: “Anais is a member of the Rockville Montgomery team in Maryland. This program has also produced Brady Fox and has been a very strong advocate of the Virginia swimming program. She joins a long line of outstanding Rockville swimmers to attend UVa. Again, she is an athlete with a lot of versatility, a very big upside, and we believe a very bright future. She is someone who is going to contribute to a lot of relays during her career.”
Brophy East Swim Team (Dave Gibson)
Bernardino on Olson: “Christine was a highly sought-after and highly regarded recruit. What she will bring to our program is only going enhance our success for many years down the road. We expect Christine to be a force on both the NCAA and international levels in the immediate future. She has an impressive work ethic, a positive attitude and is hungry for continued success.”
Greenville Swim Club (Casey Charles)
Bernardino on Perdue: “Lauren was another highly sought-after and highly regarded recruit. What she will bring to our program is only going enhance our success for many years down the road. She is high-octane, mentally tough and very seasoned. She is a pure competitor, a racer-at-heart. It is our goal to assist Lauren in reaching high levels of NCAA and international success. She is very much all we could hope for in a swimmer.”
M.E. Lyons/Anderson Barraudas (Jeremy Bannon)
Bernardino on Ridge: “She is the only distance freestyler that we signed on the women’s side. She is a tremendous leader, has an outstanding work ethic and is a wonderful young lady. She has a very bright future in our outstanding distance program, and we really needed to bring in one distance freestyler to grow and to prosper with our current upperclass. We wanted to have someone waiting in the wings, somebody learning, somebody preparing, and somebody racing these ladies on a daily basis; so that within a years time, Casey will be ready to assume a very major role on the team.”