TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State swimming and diving teams collected 12 prospects for the early signing period this fall. The eight swimmers and three divers will join the Seminoles for the 2013-14 season.
"I'm very excited about the class that we signed," head coach Neil Harper said. "I feel like we were able to hand pick this group. In diving we found athletes with great potential that have accomplishments in both high school and club events. Their talent can keep us at the top of the conference and in the NCAA. For the women this class is deep with a group of six that all have the ability to help at the ACC and NCCA level. The men's class is small, but high in quality. We have some of Florida's best and both are going to be phenomenal college talents and they should be All-Americans for years to come."
Of the 12 in the class, seven are women and five are men. The women have added two freestylers and four extremely versatile athletes in addition to a diver, whereas the men will welcome three highly talented divers in addition to a state champion sprinter and a multiple event threating swimmer.
"This class just shows how hard the staff worked to get the right prospects to FSU," Harper said. "Thanks to all of the hard work, this class could go down as one of the best in our program's history"
The 12 signees are as follows:
Jason McCormick - Boca Raton, Fla. - Boca Raton High School - FLA Aquatics A five- time 3A state champion for Boca Raton High School, McCormick joins the Seminoles as a specialist in the sprint events. At the 2012 state meet in Orlando, McCormick was a perfect 4-of-4 in his races, defending his title in the 50 free before earning another crown in the 100 free. He also anchored both the gold medal winning 200 and 400 free relay events. In 2011, McCormick won his first state title in the 50 free. As a member of FLA Aquatics, McCormick is a national qualifier.
Caroline Page - Pace, Fla. - Pace High School - GPAC A seven-time 2A State finalist for Pace, Page posted her best finish at the state level in 2011 with a silver medal performance in the 100 back and a bronze in the 100 fly. While representing the Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club, Page is a junior national qualifier in the 100 back.
Lydia Ware - Jacksonville, Fla. - Bishop Kenny - YMCA of Florida's First Coast While competed in the 1A state championships for Bishop Kenny, Ware has appeared in four individual finals over the past two seasons, where she has earned silver in the 100 free in 2011 and bronze in the 100 free in 2012. Ware added a fifth place finish in the 200 IM in 2012. As a member of the YMCA of Florida's First Coast, Ware is a junior national qualifier in the 200 IM and a national qualifier in the 100 back. Ware is a versatile prospect and can contribute in the stroke, sprint and IM events for the Seminoles.
Caroline Neil - Winston- Salem N.C. - Ronald Reagan - Star Aquatics Following the 2011-12 season, Neil was named the Swimmer of the Year by the Winston-Salem Journal for a fifth place finish in the 200 IM and the second place showing in the 100 breast at the state championships while representing Ronald Reagan High School. As a member of Start Aquatics, Neil is an Olympic Trial qualifier in the 200 breast.
Katy Stringfield - Waynesville, N.C. - Tuscola - Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club Stringfield is a three-time state champion over the past two seasons for Tuscola High School. In her sophomore season, Stringfield captured both the 200 and 500 free titles, while in adding her third in the 500 as a junior. As a member of the Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club, Stringfield is a national qualifier in the 200 free.
Chelsea Britt - Orlando, Fla. - Boone - Central Florida YMCA As a three-time Central Florida swimmer of the year, Britt has split her high school years between Lake Highland and Boone High Schools. Britt will be looked to contribute in fly, back and IM races as she has both national and junior national time standards in six events. She is a member of FLA Aquatics.
Jason Coombs - Oviedo, Fla. - Hagerty High School - Blue Dolphins Aquatics As a member of the Blue Dolphins Aquatics, Coombs is a national qualifier in the 100 free. Coombs also has junior national time standards in the 100 back, 400 IM, 200 IM, 50 free and 1650 free and will be used in many different areas for the Seminoles next season.
Dominic Girodano - Pittsburgh, Pa. - Pine Richland High School - Pitt Aquatics Club Divers As a junior, Girodano earned his first WPIAL championship in 2012 while representing Pine Richland High School before finishing fifth at the PIAA AAA State Championships. Aside from competing in high school, Girodano is a world championship trials qualifier after he burst into the national spotlight this past summer with a 11th place finish on platform at the 2012 USA Diving Nationals following a fourth place showing in the event at Eastern Nationals. Girodano took 11th in both 3-meter and 1-meter at junior nationals while adding a seventh place showing on platform. Girodano is a member of the Pitt Aquatics Club Divers, where he is coached by Julian Krug.
Charlotte Philpotts - Vancouver, British Columbia - Sentinel Secondary - Chena Swim Club Philpotts is a 2012 Canadian Olympic Trial qualifier in nine events however she participated in the 100 and 200 breast as well as the 100 fly and 200 IM. She also swam in the 2011 World Championship Trials, competing in the championship final in the 50 fly, placing eighth and swam in the B final for the 100 fly. As a member of the Junior Canadian team at the North American Challenge Cup in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, where she was a gold medalist in the 100 breast and 200 IM in 2012, in addition to her multiple medals in the event over the years. Philpotts swims for the Chena Swim Club and her coach is Patrick Paradis.
Dustin Miller - Lafayette, Ind. - Jefferson High School - BDA Miller placed 14th on 1-meter and 17th on 3-meter at junior nationals this summer. He is a three-time Indiana state finalist. Miller is also a national qualifier on 1-meter and 3-meter and is a member of the Boiler Diving Academy.
Dylan Grissell - Toronto, Ontario - Etobicoke Diving Club As a junior diver, Grissell is two-time Canadian National Champion in 1-meter and platform. While representing Canada, Grissell has been exposed to the international diving scene where he's competed in the UANA Pan American Junior Championships in 2009, Junior World Championships in 2010, the Amsterdam Diving Cup in 2010 and the International youth Meeting in 2012. He is a five-time Ontario Provincial Champion and finished in the top-12 at the 2012 Winter Senior National Championships on 3-meter and platform. He is also a 2012 Canadian Olympic Trial qualifier. He is a member of the Etobicoke Diving Club where he is coached by Anna Dacyshyn.
Alexia Gonzalez - Tampa, Fla. - East Lake High School - WFLA Diving
Gonzalez is a junior national qualifier in 1-meter, 3-meter and platform. She took second at the 2012 AAU National Championships on platform. Gonzalez is a three-time 3A state finalist in 1-meter, where she placed fourth in 2012, third is 2011 and seventh in 2010. She is a member of the West Florida Lightning Aquatics where she is coached by Perriello Anthony.