DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) - Centre swimming and diving head coach Dean Brownley recently announced the Colonels' 2017 recruiting class which features a total of 18 additions to the program for the 2017-18 campaign. Eleven women and seven men are slated to join the Colonels this upcoming season.
"We are very excited about this class," said Brownley, who enters his 17th year with the Centre program in 2017-18. "This group of guys and girls gives us more power at the top of our events and gives us the much needed depth that we need to make a run at winning a conference championship."
Athletes from seven states are represented in the Centre swimming and diving class of 2021 as well as a student-athlete from the Bahamas.
Below are the members of the Colonels' incoming recruiting class.
Abi Bosworth - Denver, Colo. - Denver Center for International Studies
Keeton Crowe - Lexington, Ky. - Paul Laurence Dunbar
Amanda Flatt - Lawrenceville, Ga. - Mountain View
Laura Fryar - Louisville, Ky. - Ballard
Martha Helsley - Prospect, Ky. - North Oldham
Makena Mette - Sioux Falls, S.D. - Brookings
Shelby Montgomery - Georgetown, Ky. - Scott County
Sarah Phillips - Lexington, Ky. - Paul Laurence Dunbar
Christina Pyfrom - Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas - The Asheville School
Kaya Winchell - Rineyville, Ky. - Home School
Collin Cummins - Danville, Ky. - Boyle County
Ben Hammond - Cincinnati, Ohio - Clark Montessori School
Jimmy Kelley - Cincinnati, Ohio - Saint Xavier
Luke Martin - Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg
Race Pellant - Danville, Ky. - Danville
Greyson Pendery - Fort Thomas, Ky. - Highlands
Matt Sweden - Asheville, N.C. - Carolina Day School
The Colonels are coming off a successful 2016-17 season in which Brownley was named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Men's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year, junior Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C. / Spartanburg) earned SAA Men's Swimmer of the Year accolades and junior diver Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind. / Reitz Memorial) was an NCAA Division III All-American in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives along with garnering SAA Women's Diver of the Year for the third consecutive season.
In addition, junior Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky. / Paducah Tilghman) became the first the first Centre men's swimmer to compete at the NCAA Championships since Centre Athletics Hall of Famer John Oldham in 1996.
The Centre men's swimming and diving team finished second at the SAA championship while the women's team posted a third-place mark. The Colonels featured 11 First Team All-SAA performers along with four second-teamers and a pair of Honorable Mention honorees, all of which return for the 2017-18 season.