Jan. 27, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's swimming and diving head coach Mike Bottom announced on Monday (Jan. 27) the additions of Mitchell Gartland (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and Ryan Sebastian (Summit, N.J./Summit) to the 2014-15 recruiting class.
"Mitchell and Ryan are two swimmers that will add a lot to our team, both in the water and in the classroom," Bottom said. "They are perfect fits for the University of Michigan and are exactly the kind of people we want in our program."
Gartland is primarily a breaststroke and individual medley swimmer that trains with Suburban Seahawks Club. At the 2013 Speedo Champions Series in Buffalo last August, Gartland won the 200-meter breaststroke (2:19.86) and finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:06.17). He represented his high school (Radnor) in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2012-13 Pennsylvania Boys & Girls AAA State Championships as a junior, finishing 18th (58.89).
Sebastian can swim in multiple events and primarily specializes in the individual medley with Scarlet Aquatic Club. He was the 2012-13 Union County (NJ) Swimmer of the Year and was an All-State second team selection in the 200-yard IM, helping him get chosen for USA Swimming's 2013 National Select Camp. He is a four-time All-County first team pick and holds Summit High School records in five events. He swam six events at the 2013 USA Swimming Junior National Championships last August, finishing as high as 28th in both the 200-meter IM (2:07.15) and the 400-meter IM (4:31.13).
Their additions further bolster the team's star-studded class, which includes three U.S. Junior National Team members (Alex Katz, Paul Powers, Aaron Whitaker) and two Canadian Developmental Team members (Bryce Kwiecien-Delaney, Evan White). Six of the team's eight swimmers were ranked among the Top 80 Prospects in the Class of 2014 (via CollegeSwimming.com).
Eight Swimming Standouts Make Up 2014-15 Class (11/13/2013)
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