Nov. 28, 2012
The swimming and diving program inked 12 athletes during the early signing period, including six swimmers ranked in the top 50 nationally.
The early signing class includes 10 women - eight swimmers and two divers - and two men's swimmers.
The women's signing class has shaped up to be another strong one for head swimming and diving coach Matt Kredich and his staff, with five of the eight swimmers ranked in the top 50 by collegeswimming.com.
Versatile freestyler Camryne Morris of Lutherville, Md., is the highest ranked of the women's signees at No. 8, followed by butterflier/freestyler Michelle Cefal (22), backstroker Christina Leander (41), breaststroker Colleen Callahan (42) and butterflier Heather Lundstrom (44). Additional swimming signees include Morgan Dickson, Trisha Forrester and Madeline Tegner.
On the diving side, coach Dave Parrington has picked up Gaffney Taylor of Atlanta and Bailey Wind of Latham, N.Y.
On the men's side, the Vols only inked two during the early period but both are proven champions on the national and international stage. Local Knoxville standout Evan Pinion is a two-time junior world champion and finished in the top 12 in two events at last summer's US Olympic Swimming Trials. David Heron of Mission Viejo, Calif., won the 10k open water race earlier this year at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships
More to follow.
For a quick look at each signee:
WOMEN'S SIGNEESColleen Callahan
Atlantic City, N.J. | Breaststroke | Egg Harbor Township Seahawks
One of the best breaststroke swimmers in the 2013 class nationwide, Callahan is ranked No. 42 nationally by collegeswimming.com and is the top swimmer this season coming out of the state of New Jersey. She attends Atlantic City High School, where she has competed for four seasons on the swim team and served as captain for a year. She is a three-time New Jersey high school state champion in the 100 breaststroke (2:01.54) as well as the 200 individual medley (1:01.29), setting state records in both events. She was named the Atlantic City Press Athlete of the Year in 2012 and the Swimmer of the Year the last three seasons. A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Callahan competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials.
Portland, Ore. | Freestyle/Butterfly | Tualatin Hills Swim Club
Ranked 21st nationally by collegeswimming.com, Cefal is also the top swimmer out of the state of Oregon. She was among the many Lady Vols to compete at the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Trials, finishing 29th in the 200 butterfly. She was named to the 2012-13 USA Swimming Junior National Team. She had a busy summer in which she swept the 100-meter (59.31) and 200-meter (2:10.35) butterfly titles at the Summer Junior Nationals. She was named to the junior national team to compete in the FINA World Cup Series. She was also named the 2012 Oregon female swimmer of the year.
Libertyville, Ill. | Freestyle | Patriot Aquatic Club
The fifth-ranked recruit out of Illinois by collegeswimming.com, Dickson attends Libertyville High School, where she has competed in swimming four years and served one season as captain. She was an All-American in the 500 freestyle in 2011 and 2012 and received all-conference honors in 2011 and 2012. Placed eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle at the 2011 Winter Junior Nationals and clocked a time of 4:49 in the 500 freestyle.
Savannah, Ga. | Butterfly | Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team
The second-ranked recruit from Georgia, Forrester will add immediate depth to the Lady Vols' butterfly races, particularly following the pending graduation of Kelsey Floyd. She has both national and international race experience and competed at the 2012 USA Olympic Team Trials. She attends Calvary Day School, where she has served as captain of the swimming team for four years and was a two-time state champion, winning the 100 freestyle in 2010 and the 100 backstroke in 2012. She also ran cross country for three years. Butterfly excellence runs in the family. Her father, Bill Forrester, was a bronze medalist in the 200-meter butterfly at the 1976 Olympics.
West Chester, Pa. | Backstroke/IM | Suburban Seahawks
Leander, ranked fourth from Pennsylvania and 41st nationally by collegeswimming.com, will bring backstroking depth to the Lady Vol squad next season. As a member of the West Chester East High School swimming team, Leander has won four individual Pennsylvania state championships (100 backstroke in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 200 IM in 2012) and set the PIAA state record in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 54.14. She has earned All-American honors five times. She competed at the 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials. Her best time in the 200 backstroke is 1:58.21 and her best performance in the 200 IM is 2:00.61.
St. Louis, Mo. | Butterfly | Parkway Swim Club
Ranked 44th nationally and first in Missouri by collegeswimming.com, Lundstrom in another swimmer that will bring strength to the butterfly events following Floyd's graduation. She is a two-time Missouri high school state champion in the 100-yard fly (2011, 2012) and picked up the 200 IM title in 2012 while competing for Parkway North High School. Her time of 54.51 in winning the 100 fly this year set a new state record. She earned All-American honors in the 100 fly and 200 IM this season. She competed at the 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 butterfly events.
Lutherville, Md. | Freestyle | North Baltimore Aquatic Club
Morris is a versatile freestyle swimmer and the highest-ranked swimmer in the Lady Vols' signing class, coming in at No. 8 nationally according to collegeswimming.com. She competed in two events at the 2012 USA Olympic Team Trials, finishing 23rd in the 400-meter freestyle and 28th in the 800 freestyle. She was named to the 2012-13 USA Swimming National Junior Team for her performance. In 2011, she won the gold medal in the 1500-meter freestyle at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. She has the 52nd-fastest time in the world this year in the 1500-meter freestyle (16:44.66). She attends Orion High School.
Atlanta, Ga. | Diving | Georgia Elite Diving
One of two diving signees for Dave Parrington, Taylor attends Westminster High School in the Atlanta area and competes at the club level for Georgia Elite Diving. She primarily competes on the springboard and has excelled on the 1 meter. She was sixth in the 2012 USA Diving Age Group National Championships and won the event at the 2011 competition. In her first career senior competition, she finished 12th on the 1 meter at the USA Diving National Preliminary Zone B Championships, which is the qualifying meet for summer nationals.
Rochester Hills, Mich. | Butterfly/Freestyle | Oakland Live Y'ers
The No. 2 recruit from the state of Michigan by collegeswimming.com, Tegner swam at the 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Trials in the 200 butterfly. She attends Rochester High School.
Latham, N.Y. | Diving | Flip and Rip
Another diving signee on the women's side for Parrington, Wind attends Shaker High School and competes for the diving club, Flip and Rip. She finished 25th on the 3 meter earlier this year at the USA Diving Age Group National Championships with a 10-dive score of 368.35. She put together a 10-dive list of 415.35 en route to taking third at the USTA Diving Summer Junior Region 1 Championships. She is also a three-time champion on the 1 meter and 3 meter competition at the Kimball Cup.
MEN'S SIGNEESDavid Heron
Mission Viejo, Calif. | Freestyle | Mission Viejo Nadadores
Distance freestyler Heron will be teaming up again with associate coach Tyler Fenwick, who had previously served as Heron's coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores before joining the Volunteers' staff. Heron has enjoyed a dominant year in open water competition, winning the 10k race at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships. He also won the 5k and placed third in the 10k at the 2012 Open Water Nationals. At the 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials, he finished 22nd in the 1500-meter freestyle. He is a member of the 2012-13 USA Swimming National Junior Team. Attends Mission Viejo High School, where he has been a member of the swimming team for four years.
Knoxville, Tenn. | Freestyle | Pilot Aquatic Club
Not only is Pinion the only local recruit for Tennessee in the early signing period, he is probably the most decorated of the incoming swimmers as well and ranked 23rd nationally by collegeswimming.com. In a breakout performance at the 2011 FINA Youth World Championships, he broke meet records en route to winning the 800- and 1500-meter freestyles. He was named to the 2012-13 USA Swimming National Junior Team thanks to a pair of top performances at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, finishing 10th in the 1500 freestyle and 12th in the 400 freestyle. He also finished seventh in the 1500 free at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships. While competing for Bearden High School, he won the state title in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle.