Roth Adds Eight During Early Signing Period
Mean Green Aim To Replace Large Graduating Class
DENTON - North Texas head swimming & diving coach Brittany Roth announced the signing of eight swimmers during the early signing period.
"I'm really excited about each of the young ladies who will be joining the Mean Green family," Roth said. "This class has a lot of personality and drive. I'm excited about the future that each individual has in front of them. We're adding depth in many areas."
The eight-member signing class is the largest group since the program added 10 in the early signing period in 2012 and will replace a graduating class of eight swimmers.
"Our expectations for this class are the same as any incoming class," Roth said. "Our goal is to raise the level of the program. We are graduating a strong class, but this team is filled with strong athletes and each year, our expectation is that everyone will rise to the next level."
Brooke Beddingfield, Oak Ridge High School, Conroe, Texas
Beddingfield is a four-year letterwinner for Oak Ridge High School under head coach Jeffery Spoon. A three-time regional qualifier in the 100-yard breaststroke, she qualified for the 2017 Texas 6A State Championships, where she took 10th with a time of 1:04.62. Beddingfield competes for The Woodlands Swim Team under head coach Timothy Bauer.
Jordan Gorham, Seminole High School, Seminole, Fla.
Gorham is a four-year letterwinner for Seminole High School under head coach Daniell Spurgeon. She placed in the top eight in the state in the last three seasons and served as a team captain as a senior. Gorham competes for West Florida Lightning Aquatics under head coach Cashel Mack.
Brianna Hanley, Arkansas Dolphin Laser Swim Team, Sherwood, Ark.
Hanley swims with the Arkansas Dolphin Laser Swim Team under head coach Carl Bernard Auel. She placed in the top eight in five events at the 2016 Arkansas State Championships, including a second-place finish in the 400 individual medley (5:31.13).
Robyn Lee, Woodvale Secondary College, Perth, Australia
Lee is a four-year letterwinner for Woodvale Secondary College under head coach David Hopkins and served as team captain in her final season. A native of Harare, Zimbabwe, Lee represented her home country at the 2013 Junior World Championships and the 2017 FINA World Championships, where she posted personal-best times in the 100-meter backstroke (1:05.05) and 100-meter butterfly (1:02.84).
Urszula Michalczyk, PZSOMSIT, Oswiecim, Poland
Michalczyk swims for PZSOMSIT under head coach Marek Dorywalski. In May's Polish Seniors Championships, she posted personal-best times in the 50-meter (33.21), 100-meter (1:11.62) and 200-meter (2:30.62) breaststroke.
Karigan Stanley, First Colony Swim Team Inc., Katy, Texas
Stanley competes for First Colony Swim Team, Inc., under head coach Pete Wright. At the 2017 Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championship, she took third place in the 100-meter butterfly (1:03.15) and posted personal best times in the 200-meter (2:10.27) and 400-meter (4:36.80) freestyle.
Adelyn de Tassanyi, Club Wolverine, Farmington Hills, Mich.
de Tassanyi competes with Club Wolverine under head coach Gunnar Schmidt. Last month, she placed in the top eight in four events at the Michigan Oakland Live Y'ers (OLY) Fall Classic including a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:06.75) and a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (59.56).
Alvena Walpole, Ronald Reagan High School, San Antonio, Texas
Walpole is a four-year letterwinner at four different high schools in Kansas and Texas. As a freshman, she was named Academic All-State and helped Free State High School (Lawrence, Kan.) to a Class 6A State Championship, finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly (56.79) and 200 individual medley (2:08.12). Walpole was a state qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle and 200 IM. She competes for Alamo Area Aquatics Association under head coach Derek Howorth.