PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers women’s swimming and diving head coach Chuck Warner announced that high school All-Americans Kierstin Koronowicz (New Windsor, NY), Catherine Hetzel (Metuchen, NJ) and Ashley Dunphy, (Palm Springs, CA) have signed National Letters of Intent to swim for the team in the 2004-05 season.
“ These three young women are in an excellent position to begin the process of becoming world-class swimmers, world-class students and world-class people,” Warner said.
In addition to being a high school All-American, Koronowicz, of Newburgh Free Academy, was a Senior National qualifier in the 200 (1:49) and 500 free (4:50). She is also the New York high school record holder in the 200 free and a five-time high school state champion.
“One of the most impressive characteristics of Kierstin as an athlete is her competitiveness. She has the kind of desire to succeed that champions have,” Warner said.
Hetzel, who swims for Metuchen High School, was a Senior National qualifier in the 200 breastroke. She was a YMCA All-American in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, placing sixth and third, respectively, at Y-Nationals.
“We felt like Cat is a person and a swimmer that we wanted on our team. Her desire and potential is what we want the Scarlet Knights to be made of,” Warner said.
Dunphy, who attends Palm Springs High School, continues the strong Rutgers ties to California. She was a Senior National qualifier in the 400 freestyle. At the 2003 summer Junior Nationals, Dunphy placed third in the 400 and won the consolation final in the 200 free. She has shown excellent range, competing in each freestyle event from the 50 to the 1500.
“We feel very fortunate to have Ashley Dunphy coming to Rutgers,” Warner said. “Ashley has enormous ability as a student, as an athlete and as a person. Most importantly she has the desire to explore that ability.”
Heading into this weekend’s Holiday Classic, the Rutgers women’s
swimming and diving team is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in BIG EAST competition.