MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s swimming and diving team added seven signees for the 2013-14 year as announced by head coach Kristy Castillo.
“Overall I’m very happy with this fall signing class for 2013-14,” said Castillo. “These young ladies are eager to add to the direction of this program and are proud to be a part of the Ball State family. They are well-rounded individuals who come from supportive families and strong swimming backgrounds. The team, coaching staff, and I share the same excitement for this class and the potential opportunities that lie ahead for this program.”
Genevieve Hayes from Shorewood, Wis. (Shorewood) will be used in the distance freestyle races and the backstroke. She comes from a high school team that won the State Championship.”
“I felt a connection with Genevieve right away and throughout the recruiting process,” said Castillo. “The team felt a connection with her as well, which makes her a perfect match. Genevieve’s energy and work ethic is infectious. She will be an immediate impact for our program and for the MAC conference. I’m extremely excited to add Genevieve to our distance and backstroke groups.”
Not too far down the road comes Courtney Mudd, from Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern). She will be utilized in the backstroke and IMs.
“Courtney has natural talent and versatility, which will be a powerful addition to the Ball State family,” noted Castillo. “Courtney comes from an outstanding high school and club team. She will add depth and I see her moving up in the conference as her swimming career continues. I’m excited to coach someone like Courtney who shares the same passion or the sport that the team and I have.”
Sprint freestyler and breaststroker Jessica Extine hails from Muncie and goes to Yorktown High School.
“Jessica is an outstanding three sport athletes for her high school but is excited about continuing her swimming career,” said Castillo. “She has a raw ability and feel for the water. I can’t wait to see Jessica continue her improvement and at the same time be an immediate impact for our sprint group. I also felt a great connection with Jessica throughout the recruiting process and am so happy she has decided to continue to call Muncie home.”
Next for the Cardinals is Kimberly Scott. Scott will be utilized in the breaststroke and IM events and she hails from St. Charles, Ill. (St. Charles East).
“Kimberly comes from a well-coached and established club program,” said Castillo. “She will add depth for us in the breaststroke and IM events primarily, but will show versatility in the freestyle events. We share the same excitement for her to join the Ball State family. She is a swimmer on the rise, which makes me eager to see what Kim can do in the MAC environment as she continues her progress in the sport.”
Katie Horn is from Noblesville, Ind. (Nobelsville) and is a butterfly and freestyle specialist.
“I admire Katie’s persistence and positivity,” said Castillo. “From the very start of the recruiting process she knew what she was looking for in a university and academic program. Ball State was the match for her. I'm happy the feeling was mutual when she came to campus and met the team. She will fit in well and add the depth we need for our butterfly and freestyle events. I have no doubt she will move up in the conference with her desire and dedication to the sport. She shares the vision our program has to rise in the conference."
Kara Berg hails from Novi, Mich. (Novi) and will be utilized in the freestyle and relays.
“I’m excited to work with Kara and watch her progress,” said Castillo. “I see a lot of upside to her as an athlete. She is very diligent with her school work as well as her swimming, which will mesh well with our current student-athletes in the program. She had a successful senior year and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for her.”
The final signee for the fall is Alexandra Kolz. Kolz is a backstroke and butterfly specialist from Lindenhurst, Ill. (Lakes Community).
“Allie has a strong desire to compete and improve, which is in line with how our current team feels,” noted Castillo. “Allie will provide depth to the back and fly events as well as offer versatility in the freestyle events. I believe Allie will thrive in our team environment and excitement for our program to improve on a MAC and national level.”
Ball State would like to welcome these seven swimmers to the family. You can keep up to date with more information on Ball State women’s swimming and diving by checking ballstatesports.com or following the team on Twitter @BSUswimdive.