Michael Litzinger has brought another banner recruiting class to Ute Natatorium.
May 21, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah Swimming and Diving team has signed 13 recruits that will join the team for the 2003-04 season. The group of eight men and five women include five singees from the state of Utah, a diver from New Zealand and a transfer from the University of Maryland. Here is a recap of head coach Michael Litzinger's recruiting class.
Matthew Bailey is from Draper, Utah, and attended Northridge High School. Bailey holds the Northridge school records in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, and will swim the sprint free for Utah. His best times: 50 Free (21.79), 100 Free (48.79). "Matt is a return missionary who grew five inches while he was away. His maturity and power will translate well into our sprint group," states Litzinger.
Sebastien Bedaw hails from Dallas, Texas, and swam at The Woodlands High School. "Sebastien will shore up the butterfly for Utah, which has been a weakness," comments Litzinger. Bedaw will swim the butterfly and IM for the Utes. He was a second-team all-state swimmer last year.
Damien Brown is a national champion diver from New Zealand. He graduated last November and is one of the top divers in New Zealand.
Andrew Cole is from Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, Calif. "Andrew is one of the top backstroke and freestyle sprint swimmers in Southern California," says Litzinger. Cole had times of 20.86 in the 50 free, 51.02 in the 100 back and 150.26 in the 200 back. Cole is the top incoming recruit for the men.
Corey Costomiris attended Tooele High School and is from Stansbury Park, Utah. Costomiris will swim the sprint free for Utah. He is the Utah 3A high school champion in the 50 free and 200 free relay. His best times: 50 Free (21.97), 100 Free (48.64). "Corey has made some tremendous improvements under former Ute Mel Roberts' coaching this year. He is the kind of athlete who has their best swimming ahead of them. Needless to say, I am excited about the opportunity to work with Corey," says Litzinger.
Nick Galen comes from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas. He will swim the breaststroke and IM for Utah. "Nick will continue a great Utah tradition in the breast and IM," states Litzinger. He was a first team all-state swimmer in 2002 and made second team all-state in 2001.
Wesley Johnson hails from Springville, Utah, and attended Springville High School. Johnson was the Utah high school state runner-up in the 500 free and set school records in 100 back, 200 free and 200-medley relay. He will swim the free and back for the Utes. His best times: 200 Free (1:48.79), 100 Free (4:49.49). "Wes has a lot of raw talent, and we began to see some of that this high school season. He will develop into a great contributor in our distance group, and add to our depth in the 200 back," comments Litzinger.
David Maasberg is from Skyline High School in Salt Lake City. He was the 5A state champion in the 100 breast and 200 IM, and also swam on the state record holding 400 free relay team. "David is a very physical swimmer," says Litzinger. "He has great potential to be awesome."
Rachel Curci is from Dakota High School in Clinton Township, Mich. She is the top distance swimmer in Michigan. "Rachel should continue the great distance freestyle tradition at Utah over the next four years," states Litzinger. Curci was an all-state selection in the 500 free in 2001.
Marissa Martin hails from Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas. "Marissa is an exceptional backstroke swimmer," states Litzinger. "She will help the team in the sprints and backstroke, an area Utah has been lacking in." Both of Martin's parents are graduates of the University of Utah.
Alison McInturff is from Century High School in Pocatello, Idaho. McInturff will swim the free, fly and IM for Utah. She is a four-time Idaho state champion, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle in 2001 and 2002. Her best times: 50 Free (24.20), 100 Free (52.57), 100 Fly (57.25). "Alison is an athlete that will make an immediate impact on our program. She brings an extra element to our sprint group, and also has the versatility to add to our butterfly and IM," comments Litzinger.
Erin O'Connor, a Salt Lake City native, swims for Brighton High School. She is the state champion in the 100 back. "Erin is a talented backstroke and freestyle swimmer," comments Litzinger. "She has her best swimming ahead of her."
Jamie Trapp is transferring from the University of Mayland, where she swam the backstroke and IM events. She placed 13th in the 200 back (2:05.10) at the 2002 ACC Championships. Trapp is a native of Portland, Ore., and graduated from David Douglas High School. She was a high school All-American and a four-time all-state recipient. Trapp also set five school records. "We are very fortunate to have Jamie come to the University of Utah," says Litzinger. "She is an extremely versatile athlete who will not only be a conference finalist in her individual events, but will help make our relays challenge for titles as well."