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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio women's swimming and diving program will be welcoming nine newcomers to its roster for the 2019-20 season, as announced by second-year head coach Mason Norman today.
Joining the Bobcats for the 2019-2020 season will be swimmer Sam Bailey (George Town, Cayman Islands), diver Sienna Breton (Cheshire, Conn.), swimmer Maya Conte (Brecksville, Ohio), swimmer Emma Fortman (Cincinnati, Ohio), swimmer McKenzie Grau (Mason, Ohio), swimmer Madeline Marks (Bentonville, Ark.), swimmer Emma Reed (Cincinnati, Ohio), swimmer Grace Riddle (Canal Winchester, Ohio) and diver Halli Siwik (Fishers, Ind.).
Sam Bailey (George Town, Cayman Islands)
Club: Cayman Stingray Swim Club
50fr LCM: 27.68
200fr SCM: 2:08.09
400fr SCM: 4:29.09
Bailey, who is a six-time finalist at the CARIFTA Games, joins Ohio as an accomplished member of the Caymanian Swimming Federation. She placed second in the 800-meter free and 200-meter fly and took third in the 200-meter back and 400-meter IM in the 2018 Championship Games.
"Sam is joining our program after finding an opportunity here that will provide her with the training environment and support system to grow as a student-athlete," said Norman. "She has solid range in the freestyle and our program will allow her to maintain this versatility and continue to develop and drop time."
Sienna Breton (Cheshire, Conn.)
Club: Dive Haven Club
Breton comes to the Bobcats by way of Chris Bergere and the Dive Haven Club of New Haven, Connecticut. In September, Breton broke the 21-year-old school record for six dives with a score of 285.675. Breton has also been named to Hartford Courant 2017 Girls All Area Team. She placed second at the 2017 state meet with a score of 399.2 and was named a 2017 State Class L All-State Selection. Breton was also named 2017 All-SCC for her second-place finish at the 2017 conference meet with a score of 392.
"Sienna is going to be joining a developing diving program that has seen an over whelming growth in competitiveness over the last year," said Norman. "Her club experience and youth development alongside Division I athletes will only add to the direction (Head Diving) Coach Britni (Fisher) has built in our divers."
Maya Conte (Brecksville, Ohio)
High School/Club: Brecksville Broadview Heights/Cleveland Swim Institute
100fr SCY: 52.20
200fr SCY: 1:53.70
200IM SCY: 2:10.29
Conte joins Ohio from Brecksville Broadview Heights High School and Cleveland Swim Institute. She was a finalist in the 2019 Northeast Division I District Championship in both the 100 and 200 free. She was also a member of the champion 200 medley relay and third-place 400 free relay at districts, helping her team secure third place at the meet. Conte placed 14th in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2019 Division I OHSAA State Championship.
"Maya has an incredible feel for the water and combines that with great underwater work that is going to allow her to improve greatly at the next level," said Norman. "She comes to Ohio from the Cleveland area where there is no shortage of elite swimming. Her experience swimming at the highest level in our state is important for our entire program."
Emma Fortman (Madeira, Ohio)
High School/Club: Madeira/Blue Ash YMCA Swim Team
50fr SCY: 23.56
100fr SCY: 51.26
200fr SCY: 1:51.94
100bk SCY: 56.05
200bk SCY: 2:01.82
A dual sport athlete, Fortman decided to pursue swimming over volleyball in college. She qualified for the OHSAA State Championship her sophomore, junior and senior years, becoming a finalist in the 50 yard free, 100 free and 100 back. As a junior she placed sixth in the 50 free and eighh in the 100 free. She followed that up by placing third in the 100 free and fourth in the 100 back at the 2018 Division II State Championship.
"Emma has just begun to hit focus solely on her swimming," said Norman. "As a multi-sport athlete throughout high school, Emma has the characteristic needed to excel in college athletics. Her length and range both in freestyle and backstroke will be a great addition to the training pool and in meets."
McKenzie Grau (Mason, Ohio)
High School/Club: Mason/Mason Manta Rays
50fr SCY: 23.23
100fr SCY: 51.34
200fr SCY: 1:51.74
500fr SCY: 4:59.23
100br SCY: 1:03.67
200br SCY: 2:20.37
200IM SCY: 2:04.94
Grau is a two-time OHSAA state finalist in the 50 yard freestyle. Named USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American both her junior and senior years, she was also a B finalist in the 100 yard free and part of the fourth-place 200 medley-relay at the OHSAA Division I State Championship.
"McKenzie is an extremely versatile athlete who will contribute in many different events as a Bobcat," said Norman. "She is coming off a fantastic short course season in high school and for a great club program. McKenzie fit in with the girls and the vision of our program immediately upon visiting."
Madeline Marks (Bentonville, Ark.)
High School/Club: Bentonville/Razorback Aquatic Club
200fr SCY: 1:50.98
500fr SCY: 4:58.57
1000fr SCY: 10:13.96
200bk SCY: 2:04.94
200fly SCY: 2:02.91
Marks comes to Ohio after a successful high school career in Arkansas. She was the 6A-7A high school state champion in the 500 free her junior year. She also turned in a third-place finish in the 100 fly. As a senior she was the state champion in the 200 free and 500 free individually and contributed to second and third-place finishes in the 200 and 400 free relays, respectively.
"We are excited to have Madeline join our program in the fall," said Norman. "She is a great trainer and her mindset is a valued characteristic on our team. She will contribute in multiple events and have an immediate impact in creating depth in the freestyle and IM as well as add to our fly group from day one."
Emma Reed (Cincinnati, Ohio)
High School/Club: Walnut Hills/Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA
50fr SCY: 24.19
100fr SCY: 53.20
100fly SCY: 57.10
Reed qualified for the high school district meet her senior year and was a finalist in the 50 free and 100 fly. She swam at the Ohio AA Championship meet and qualified for the YMCA National Championships in both her junior and senior seasons.
"Emma is another Ohio swimmer who understands fast swimming and what it takes to improve in this sport," said Norman. "She has bought in to the direction that this program is heading and that mindset will set her up for success in all areas of being a student-athlete."
Grace Riddle (Canal Winchester, Ohio)
High School/Club: Canal Winchester/Greater Columbus Swim Team
100fr SCY: 52.60
100bk SCY: 56.77
200bk SCY: 2:04.13
Riddle qualified for the OHSAA Division I State Championship her senior year. She was a finalist in the 200 free and 100 back as a junior at the district championships and followed those performances up her senior year as a finalist in the 100 back and 100 free.
"Grace has a great long stroke that allows her to have a very high ceiling both in her freestyle and backstroke," said Norman. "She provides immediate depth to our free and back groups and will improve greatly in our program. Grace has been a Bobcat from day one in the recruiting process and played a huge part in shaping our 2019 class."
Halli Siwik (Fishers, Ind.)
Club: Royals Dive Club
Siwik is an NISCA All-America diver who comes to the Bobcats from the Royals Dive Club and is a two-time Indiana High School State Diving qualifier in the 1-meter dive event. Siwik finished third with a score of 423.10 in the 2018 Indiana Girls Sectional Championships and finished eighth with a score of 430.50 as a finalist in the 2018 IHSAA Girls State Championship.
"Halli is coming to the program from the Indianapolis area which is known for elite diving," said Norman. "She has elite competitive experience and natural skills that will flourish under the guidance of Coach Britni. Halli also has great leadership skills and attitude to be a champion for our program on and off the boards."