@CentreSwimDive Releases 2017 Recruiting Class

@CentreSwimDive Releases 2017 Recruiting Class

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.