North Texas Swimming & Diving announced the signing of six student athletes to National Letters of Intent and the addition of a diver who will be eligible to compete in January.
“I am so excited to welcome these six amazing student-athletes into the Mean Green Family,” said head coach Joe Dykstra. “This is the best group we’ve ever signed during the fall period, and once we add a few more pieces in the spring, we will have by far the best incoming group of swimmers and divers in North Texas history.”
“Mona Groteguth and Krista Rossum are tremendous up-and-coming talents from Germany and Canada respectively and will be the front half of a formidable medley relay over the next four years. Mckenzie Calkins and Jessica Rodriguez fit the mold of dynamic mid-distance/distance freestylers and flyers that we’ve had so much success with the past couple years. Chloe Tong will add needed depth to our breaststroke group and help us in the medleys. Jarmila Gupta is a fascinating young lady who was born in Germany, moved to the USA as a youngster, and is legally deaf. She competes as a member of the German Deaf Olympic Team, is an exceptional student, and an incredibly versatile swimmer who has the potential to score points for us in about 8 different events.”
McKenize Calkins is a mid-distance freestyle and fly swimmer from Universal City, Texas who attends Judson High School in Converse, Texas and swims club for Alamo Area Aquatics Association. She was a member of the 11th place 400 yard free relay at 2010 Texas 5A State meet. She finished sixth in the 200 yard freestyle, and seventh in the 500 yard free at 2010 5A-Region VII meet. She was a four year letterman in swimming, and was a sectional finalist in 2010. She received All-State and All-American honors while in high school.
Mona Groteguth is a backstroke swimmer from Springe, Germany who swims for SGS Hannover Swim Club and attends Otto-Han Gymnasium. She had a strong showing at the German National Championships during November of 2009, finishing 6th in the 200 backstroke, 11th in the 100 backstroke, and 12th in the 50 backstroke.
Jarmila Gupta is a versatile swimmer, who can swim fly, IM, breast, and distance freestyle events. Gupta, who is legally deaf, was born in Germany but lives in San Antonio and swims club for Alamo Area Aquatics Association. Gupta won the silver medal and set the European Deaf Swimming record in the 400 IM at the Deaf Olympics in Taiwan, and is a two-time European Deaf Swimming Champion. She has earned the Silver Bay Leaf, the highest athletic German award and the Junior Athlete Special Award.
Jessica Rodriguez is a distance freestyle and fly swimmer from Stafford, Texas. She attends Dulles High School and swims club for First Colony Swim Team.
Krista Rossum is a versatile swimmer who can swim breaststroke, individual medley, and freestyle from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Rossum attends Kelvin High School and swims club for the Manitoba Marlins. She ranked either 1st or 2nd in the Provence of Manitoba in the 50-yard breaststroke, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM. Rossum has been a Canadian age group National qualifier since she was 12, and was a Canadian senior national qualifier in 2009-10. She was the cross country provincial champion in 10th grade, and she won the Swimming Award of Merit in 2009-10. She received the Award of Excellence from the Manitoba Marlins, in 2009-10.
Chloe Tong is a breaststroke and individual medley swimmer from Katy, Texas. Tong attends Seven Lakes High School and swims club for Fleet Swimming. She was a member of the seventh place 200 medley relay at the 2010 Texas 5A State Championships. She finished third in the 100 breast, and sixth in the 200 IM at 2010 5A-Region V Championships
Catherine Johnson is a diver from Swindon, England, who will enroll and be eligible to compete at North Texas in January. She competed at New College in Swindon, where she finished in the top six in the National Schools finals for both of the seasons she was there. She was awarded the Athlete of the Year Cup in 2007 & 2008 while at the Commonwealth School. She held the 100m sprint record at the Commonwealth School, and competed for the United Kingdom in the 100m and the high jump.