July 21, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee swimming and diving head coach Matt Kredich announced the 10-member signing class who will be joining the program this season.
This year's class includes two finalists and one semifinals at the 2013 FINA Junior World Champions, including 50-meter breaststroke champion Peter John Stevens. Top in-state recruit and national champ Sam McHugh is also joining the Tennessee squad this fall.
Kredich and his staff are starting their third season as a combined men's and women's program. The 2014 season ended with the women finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships and the men taking 15th. Kredich is now in his 10th year at Tennessee, having led the women's team for seven seasons.
Tennessee's 2014-15 season begins Sept. 26 with a road dual meet at UNC-Wilmington. Several members of the UT squad will swim next month at the Phillips 66 National Championships, which runs Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif.
For a look inside UT's signing class:
Hometown: Phalaborwa, South Africa
Note: Coatzee placed fifth in the 50-meter butterfly and seventh in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships in Dubai. In 2013, he later placed second in the 100 butterfly at the South African Senior Championships. He set the South African -- and African -- record in the 50 butterfly in 23.91. He was part of South Africa's third-place 400 medley relay team.
Hometown: Canton, Ga.
Note: Hendrickson trains with Stingrays Swimming in Georgia. He has only been swimming competitively for a few years but has shown remarkable improvement during that time. He wants to design cars in the future.
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Note: McHugh attended Baylor School in Chattanooga and was part of the Baylor Swim Club. He is the top recruit from Tennessee and has been ranked 16th nationally in the signing class by collegeswimming.com. He was on the 2013 USA Swimming Junior National Team. At the NCSA Junior National Championships in March, he won the 200 butterfly (1:43.23) and was third in the 200 IM (1:46.64) and second in the 400 IM (3:45.81) and second in the 200 backstroke (1:42.82). He won both the 200 IM and 500 freestyle at the Tennessee State Championships.
Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Events: Sprint Freestyle
Note: Romany is among the internationally experienced swimmers in this signing class. He was a semifinalist in the 100-meter freestyle at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships (50.83). He also swims the 50 and 200 freestyles in addition to butterfly. He trained with the Davie Nadadores and has recently worked with Azura Florida Aquatics. His father, Dean Romany, was the manager of Trinidad & Tobago's junior world championship team. Among Romany's goals is qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Hometown: Kranj, Slovenia
Note: Stevens notably won the 50-meter breaststroke at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships last summer, setting the meet record and Slovenian junior national record in 27.74. He took second in the 50 breaststroke at the 2013 European Junior Championships. He came in fifth in the 50 breaststroke at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in December. He swims on the club team PK Triglav Kranj. Like Romany, Stevens wants to improve at Tennessee and prepare for the 2016 Olympics.
Hometown: Summerville, S.C.
Note: Bohon is the No. 2 ranked recruit from South Carolina by collegeswimming.com. As a part of Ashley Ridge High School's squad, she finished second in the 100-yard backstroke at the state meet as a senior, dropping 1.7 seconds of her career best. On the club level, she trains with Mount Pleasant Swim Club. A versatile swimmer, she competed in five events at the 2013 USA Swimming Junior National Championships (100 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 IM). She and her twin brother, Jeremiah, will both be swimming in the SEC; he signed with South Carolina.
Hometown: Zionsville, Ind.
Note: Cleveland trains with the Zionsville Swim Club. She is the No. 2 recruit from the state of Indiana and 45th nationally by collegeswimming.com. At the 2014 Indiana State Championships, she finished second in the 50-yard freestyle (22.68) and second in the 100 freestyle (49.76). Last summer, she competed at both the USA Swimming Junior National Championships and the NCSA Junior National Championships. She was the recipient of the 2014 IHSAA Mental Attitude Award for girls swimming.
Hometown: Chantilly, Va.
Note: Haddock competes as a member of the Mason Makos Swim Team on the club level and was the team captain of the swim team at Chantilly High School. The last two years, she has been a participant at the NCSA Junior National Championships.Her mother, Heather Coulson, swam for the Lady Vols (1988-91).
Hometown: Folsom Calif.
Note: Hailing from California, Lehr competes for the Sierra Marlins Swim Team. As a member of Ponderosa High School's team, Lehr was fourth in 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle at the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Finals in May.
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Events: Sprint Freestyle/Butterfly
Note: Lubawy is the No. 1-ranked recruit in the state of Nevada by collegeswimming.com. She competes on the club circuit as a member of the Boulder City Henderson Heat Wave. She competed at the 2013 USA Swimming Junior National Championships. As a member of Bishop Gorman High School, she won the 2013 Nevada state championship in the 50 freestyle and was second in the 100 freestyle. She followed that performance with a record-breaking senior meet, winning the 50-yard freestyle (22.98) and the 100 freestyle (49.82) in state record times.