Swimming Signs Four In NLI Early Period
Mean Green Adds Variety Of Experience With Fall Signing Class
DENTON - Mean Green swimming and diving head coach Brendon Bray announced the signing of four swimmers this week to cap off the fall signing period. Breaststroke specialists make up the core of the signing group as the team prepares to fill the voids of this year's senior class. Three of the signees inked national letters of intent, while another signed a formal scholarship agreement.
Claudia Kitching - Skema Business School, Euralille, France
Originally from the outskirts of London, the Mean Green add an extensive resume of European swimming experience in Claudia Kitching. The breaststroker is the only member of the 2015 class that has signed a formal scholarship agreement. Kitching won the French Junior Short Course championship in the 200 breaststroke in November 2013, and she was the French national age group champion in both the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke from 2008 through 2010, setting the meet record in the 200 breast in her final year. Guided by French national coach Lionel Volckaert, Claudia qualified for the 2012 British Olympic Trials. Her best times include 2:34.19 in the 200 breast (long course meters) and 1:12.41 in the 100 breast (LCM). She is a member of the CN Cannes club in France.
"Claudia has really been on a great trajectory in her breaststroke events and should make a significant impact at the conference championships in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke," Bray said. "As an international transfer student and European swimming veteran she will also bring a mature swimming and training outlook to our team that will be on the younger side next season."
Kathleen Rousset - Cedar Ridge HS, Round Rock, Texas
Hailing from Round Rock, twins Meghan and Kathleen Rousset decided to keep their talents in-state. Kathleen Rousset was a three-time all-state selection in high school. Additionally, she was a state finalist in the 400 freestyle relay and 100 breaststroke throughout her career. Kathleen's top finishes include a time of 2:20.92 in the 200 breast and a 1:05.25 in the 100 breast that is a school record at Cedar Ridge High School.
"Kathleen will provide much needed breaststroke depth that we will be losing with the graduation of two senior breaststrokers," Bray said. "She and Meghan will also fit in well with the strong academic tradition on our team as both of them have high academic ratings. They will help us set the tone in the classroom as well as the pool."
Meaghan Rousset - Cedar Ridge HS, Round Rock, Texas
Meaghan Rousset joins her twin sister in signing with the Mean Green. She is a three-time all-state selection at the 4A and 5A levels. Additionally, she was a 4A state finalist in the 100 breast and 400 free relay as a freshman. She holds the 200 IM record at Cedar Ridge, where she and her sister were coached by David Partenheimer. Meaghan's top times include a 1:05.56 in the 100 breast and a time of 2:21.42 in the 200 breast.
"Meaghan will be able to help us in a wide variety of events," Bray said. "They come from one of the best club programs in Texas at Longhorn Aquatics under Mike Laitala and we are so excited that they decided to keep their talents in state with us."
Kelsey Opiela - Kingwood HS, Kingwood, Texas
Sprint specialist Kelsey Opiela rounds out the fall signing class. She brings with her an array of experiences at the state, regional and junior national levels. Her career-bests include a 24.30 finish in the 50 free, a 56.80 time in the 100 fly and a 100 free time of 53.10. She currently swims for the Blue Tide Aquatics club under coach Charlie Fry.
"Kelsey was somebody we found out about late in the recruiting process but she has as much upside as anyone else on our roster," Bray said. "Sprint events are very important on any team and I expect Kelsey to come in here and challenge our more established sprinters right away for relay spots."