Swimming Inks Four

Head coach Russell Hunt announces addition to 2011-12 squad

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University swimming and diving team announces the National Letter of Intent signing of four swimmers on Tuesday morning.

“The Marshall swimming & diving family is proud to welcome in a very talented assembly of student athletes,” said head coach Russell Hunt. “I am thrilled with our coaching staff’s dedication to continuing the growth of this program, and Alex, Kaley, Emily, and Lauren are all certain to play major roles in the future of Marshall swimming.”

Those joining the Thundering Herd for the 2011-12 squad include Alexandra Dschaak (Loveland, Ohio), Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.), Emily Heniken (Northbrook, Ill.), and Lauren Hurd (Orange Village, Ohio).

“This group is exceptional in the pool and the classroom, is driven to learn and improve, and will be immediate players in the fall,” Hunt continued. “I look forward to working with them as individuals and as teammates.”

Alexandra Dschaak | Loveland, Ohio | Backstroke/Freestyle
A four-year letterwinner at Loveland High School for head coach Dan Ketchum. Has a list of accomplishments which include being the 2005 Central Zone 11-12 Girl’s Open Water Champion, a five-time Ohio LSC Junior Olympic Champion, a six-time FAVC All-Conference First Team member, a five-time FAVC All-Conference Second Team member, state finalist in the 100 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay in 2010, USA Swimming sectional qualifier for the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke (2010 Finalist) and 200 Backstroke.

“Alex has unique focus, and comes from a great high school program.  The fundamentals in training she is developing with her prep coaches will allow her to transition smoothly into NCAA competition.”

Kaley Gregory | Hurricane, W.Va. | Freestyle
A four-year letterwinner at Hurricane High School, where she was also a member of the cross country team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mu Alpha Theta and National Honors Society. Has a special tie to Marshall as father, John, was on the football team and mother, Karen, was a cheerleader. A two-time state champion in the 200 Freestyle and a state champion in the 100 Freestyle. Competed for club teams Sleepy Hollow, Wild Waves and HYCAT while also finishing as a four-time YMCA National Qualifier.

“Kaley is a versatile athlete who is only starting to realize her potential in the water. She is a proud legacy of the great traditions at Marshall and possesses a true passion for her teammates; all of which will guide her to the next level.”

Emily Heniken | Northbrook, Ill. | Freestyle/Butterfly
Letterwinner at Glenbrook North High School where she was a state qualifier in the 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle Relay, 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay. Finished in first at conference in the 100 Butterfly, 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay during her entire high school career; as a junior, finished first in the 200 IM. Outside of swimming, is a member of the Relay For Life Committee and member of the Varsity Club.

“Emily brings a mental toughness and a vision of what she plans to accomplish at Marshall. She is enthusiastic to contribute and significantly adds to our depth at several important positions.”

Lauren Hurd | Orange Village, Ohio | Sprint/Freestyle
Product out of Orange High School where she swam for head coach Todd Boyle, a team co-captain her junior and senior seasons, was named the Athlete of the Week during her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, named to the Chagrin Valley Conference first and second team during her high school campaign, a two-time Ohio-State Qualifier while also qualifying each year with two relay teams. Swam 13 years with the University Swim Club and Total Performance Swim Camps.

“Lauren has remarkable athletic ability and it will be exciting to watch her harness her unique talent. Her competitive nature is accompanied by a no nonsense approach that will lead her to success in Conference USA.”

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