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    Swimming Recruits from Alberta to Israel

    The men’s swimming and diving team had fewer recruits for the 2006-07 season than the women’s team. Regardless of how both teams performed this season, each of the new recruits have made great strides in winning meets and instilling school pride. This season’s talent is from all over the world, from Alberta to Israel.

    One of the new recruits, freshman Eben Coenen, is a History major and a graduate of Stissing Mountain High School. Originally from Stanfordville, NY, Coenen helped the Seawolves win fifth place in the 200-yard medley relay and in the 100-yard breaststroke against Maine University on Nov. 12, 2006. He placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke and placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay against Fordham University on Nov. 18, 2006. He also placed fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke against University of Massachusetts on Oct. 21, 2006. In high school, Coenen swam for the Northern Dutchess Aquatic Club for Coach Kevin Storrs.

    New recruit, freshman Jacob Dorfman is a Mechanical Engineering major who graduated from Tappan Zee High School. Originally from New York, NY, he took second place in the 200-yard freestyle and first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay against Maine. He also placed fourth in the 400-yard medley relay and placed second in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay against Fordham University on Nov. 8, 2006. He placed third in the 200-yard Individual Medley (IM) and in the 400-yard freestyle relay against UMass. In high school, Dorfman swam sprint freestyle for Coach Dan Rafferty. He was team captain in his senior year and won the Good Sportsmanship Award as a junior.

    Matt Florio is a Biology major and a graduate of Middletown High School. Originally from Middletown, NY, he placed third in the 400-yard freestyle relay against Fordham. He also placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle against UMass. Florio has had a flourishing athletic career in high school. He was a five year letter winner for the Middies under Coach Frank Woodward. He was team captain from 2005-06 and he played baseball.

    Ray Sato, will major in the School of Arts and Science. He graduated from Tuckahoe High School and is originally from Eastchester, NY. He helped Stony Brook win fifth place in the 200-yard medley relay, third place in the 50-yard freestyle and in the 100-yard backstroke against Maine. He placed third in the 200-yard IM and second in the 200-yard backstroke against Fordham. He also placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay against UMass. In high school, Sato swam for the Gael Aquatic Club of Iona College.

    In the women’s team, new talent was discovered with recruits like Kari Albery, a Business Management major and a Valley Northwest High School graduate. Albery is majoring in Business Management. All the way from Overland Park, KS, she has swum an impressive season. She placed fourth in the 1000-yard freestyle against Maine, fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, fifth in the 500-yard freestyle, and second in the 400-yard freestyle relay against Fordham. She also placed second in the 1000-yard freestyle, third in the 500-yard Freestyle, and fifth in the 400-yard freestyle relay against UMass. A four year letter winner for the Huskies under Coach Keri Schumacher, Albery has been a state qualifier and a top 16 finisher all four years. She was also in the National Honor Society of her high school and was the principal honor roll achiever.

    Rebecca Sayles is a Business major and a graduate of Bishop Carroll High School. She is originally from Calgary, Alberta. Sayles been one of the strongest recruited players and is already swimming at the level of the senior players. She took second place in the 200-yard freestyle, second in the 500-yard freestyle, and first in the 200-yard freestyle relay against Maine. She placed fourth in the 1000-yard freestyle, second in the 200-yard backstroke, and first in the 400-yard freestyle relay against Fordham. She also helped the Seawolves take first place in the 200-yard medley relay, first in the 200-yard freestyle, second in the 500-yard Freestyle and second in the 400-yard freestyle relay against UMass. She swam 200- and 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke for the Cardinals under Coach Mike Meldrum.

    Brittany Whipple, also a Business major, has swum just as impressively as Sayles this season. She is a graduate of Lake Forest and is originally from Kildeer, IL. She placed second in the 50-yard freestyle, first in the 100-yard breaststroke, and first in the 200-yard freestyle relay against Maine. She took fourth in the 400-yard medley relay, first in the 50-yard freestyle and first in the 200-yard breaststroke against Fordham. She also helped the Seawolves take first place in the 200-yard medley relay, first in the 100-yard breaststroke, third in the 100-yard freestyle and second in the 400-yard freestyle relay against UMass. She was a four year letter winner for the Scouts under Coaches Lea Maurer and Bob Kizer. She was an all-American, all-state and all-conference at Lake Forest and has competed in the breaststroke and freestyle sprint.

    Miriam Brizendine is majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a graduate of the Denver School of the Arts and is originally from Denver, CO.

    Jayme Burns is a graduate of Lindenhurst High School and is an Education major. Originally from Lindenhurst, NY, she has helped the Seawolves place fifth in the 200-yard medley relay and fourth in the 200-yard IM against Maine. She also placed fifth in the 200-yard IM, and second in the 400-yard freestyle relay against Fordham. She placed fourth in the 200-yard IM against UMass. A six year letter winner for the Bulldogs under Coach Diane Pollard, she has competed in the 400 and 200 IM in the past. She was also named all-league 200 in 2006 and Most Valuable Player in 2005-2006.

    Liav Cohen is a Computer Science Major and is originally all the way from Reut Modi’in, Israel.

    Anjelica D’Espositio is a Journalism major and is a graduate of Sachem East High School. Originally from Holtsville, NY, she has helped the Seawolves take fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay and third place in the 100-yard butterfly against Maine (11/12). She took fourth place in the 400-yard medley relay, fourth in the 200-yard butterfly, and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay against Fordham She has also placed first in the 200-yard medley relay, fourth in the 200-yard butterfly, fifth in the 100-yard butterfly, and fifth in the 400-yard freestyle relay against UMass (10/21). D’Espositio is a four year letter winner for the Flaming Arrows under Coaches Scott and Kozlowski under whom she has competed in the fly and backstroke. She was all-league and all county for four years, all-Long Island her sophomore and senior year and team MVP her junior and senior year.

    Maeve Leong is majoring in business. She graduated from Mary Louis Academy and is originally from Forest Hills, NY. This season, she helped the Seawolves take fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay, fourth place in the 100-yard backstroke and second place in the 200-yard freestyle relay against Maine. She also took fourth in the 400-yard medley relay, fifth in the 200-yard backstroke against Fordham. Against UMass, Leong helped take fifth in the 200-yard medley relay, fourth in the 100-yard backstroke, fifth in the 200-yard backstroke and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. She has been a four year letter winner and has swum backstroke for the Hilltoppers under Coach Stephanie Cascio. She was most improved player in 2003 and MVP in 2004.

    Originally from Farmingdale, NY, Tracey Klicpera is majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a graduate of Farmingdale High School and has helped the Seawolves take fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay and second in the 200-yard freestyle relay against Maine. She helped place fifth in the 400-yard medley relay and in the 100-yard freestyle against Fordham, and in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay against UMass. A four year letter winner for the Dalers under Coach Ken Ilchuk, she was MVP and All-Conference in 2006. Klicpera also ran track and bowling. She is the sister of Krista Klicpera, who also swims for Stony Brook.

    Shelby Mirabelli is a Psychology major and a graduate of Suncoast High School. She is originally from Wellington, FL and has helped the Seawolves take fifth place in the 200-yard medley relay and in the 200-yard IM against Maine. She has also helped take fifth place in the 400-yard medley relay, second in the 200-yard breaststroke and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay against Fordham. She is a four year letter winner for the Chargers under Coach Kent Roberts, under whom she swam 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM. She was a three year state qualifier, regional and district finalist, Palm Beach County All-Star and first team all-conference for all four years.

    Jessica Peters, who is majoring in Nursing, graduated from Chicopee High School. She is from Chicopee, MA and has helped the Seawolves take fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay and second place in the 100-yard breaststroke against Maine. She also took fourth place in the 400-yard medley relay and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay against Fordham (11/8). She also helped take fifth in the 200-yard medley relay, third in the 100-yard breaststroke, second in the 200-yard breaststroke and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay against UMass. Peters is a four year letter winner. She swam the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM for the Knights under Coach Trish Walker. She was first and second Team All-Western Mass. She also played soccer and ran track.

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