International Swimmer Yeo Joins Incoming Class of 2014-15

June 17, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Head swimming and diving coach Mike Bottom announced Tuesday (June 17) the addition of swimmer Samantha Yeo (Singapore/Raffles Girls' School) to the Michigan women's swimming and diving team. She will join the incoming freshman class of 2014-15.

Yeo joins the previously signed group of swimmers Gillian Ryan (Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown Area HS), Hannah Moore (Cary, N.C./Green Hope HS), Clara Smiddy (Miami, Fla.), Emily Kopas (Davie, Fla./University School), Carolyn McCann (Federal Way, Wash./Gig Harbor HS) and Gabby DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South HS), and diver Juliette Corboy (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier HS).

"This is a promising group of young women who are ready to become Michigan women," said Bottom. "Adding Samantha to this incoming class only solidifies our belief that it is one of the top incoming classes in the nation. We are excited about their collective work ethic and team spirit that will fit in well here at Michigan. Ann Arbor is a global destination for student-athletes, and we look forward to helping foster this group into the leaders and best. This class aspires to be and will be champions."

Samantha Yeo • Singapore • Raffles Girls' School • Breaststroke

Top Times
• 100-meter breaststroke: 1:10.49
• 200-meter breaststroke: 2:32.34
• 200-meter IM: 2:19.11

Yeo is the latest international swimmer in recent years to choose Michigan (Claudia Lau, Hong Kong; Marni Oldershaw and Sharalynn Missiuna, Canada; Julia Fiks Salem, Brazil; Claudia Goswell, Australia). She is a member of the Singapore National Team and holds several age-group records in her native country. Yeo specializes in breaststroke and continues to amass a great deal of experience in international competitions. Last year, she qualified for the Southeast Asian Games and took third in the 200-meter breaststroke. Before arriving in Ann Arbor, she will represent Singapore at the Commonwealth Games (July 23-Aug. 3) in Glasgow, Scotland. She will also race for her homeland at the Asian Games (Sept. 19-Oct. 4) in Incheon, South Korea.

Previous Signee Updates
All times are in short course yards, unless noted

Gillian Ryan • Kutztown, Pa • Kutztown Area • Distance

Notes: Current member of the US National Team ... Placed 17th in the 10K at the US Open Water National Championships ... Competed for the U.S. at the 2013 Duel in the Pool (Glasgow, Scotland) ... Won two events (200, 800-meter freestyles) at the CeraVe Invitational (Jan. 10).

Top Times
• 500 freestyle: 4:36.99
• 1,000 freestyle: 9:26.50
• 1,650 freestyle: 15:49.74

"The University of Michigan is a prestigious academic institution, which offers many opportunities for me to explore my interests, and this was definitely a key factor in my decision," said Ryan. "In addition, the athletic aspect was suited to my personality, as the swim team and coaches are driven, supportive, and disciplined in and out of the pool, and have an incredible school spirit. The atmosphere and energy of Michigan is phenomenal and I am extremely excited to be a part of this university."

Clara Smiddy • Miami, Fla. • Home schooled • Multiple

Notes: Recently nominated to the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team, which will compete in Nanjing, China (Aug. 17-22) ... Current member of the US Junior National Team ... Took first in the 200-meter backstroke at the Arena Grand Prix at Mesa (April 25) ... Won the 100-yard backstroke and set a new meet record (51.75) at the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior National Championships (Dec. 13, 2013).

Top Times
• 50 freestyle: 23.24
• 100 freestyle: 48.97
• 100 backstroke: 51.75
• 200 backstroke: 1:50.59
• 200 IM: 1:57.82

"I chose Michigan for its stellar academics, great swim team, exceptional coaching staff, and comfortable learning environment," said Smiddy. "I am also confident that with the athletic support, I will be able to achieve my goals in the pool. Finally, I chose Michigan because I know that I will be surrounded by a beautiful campus with people who are focused on preparing me to not only work but to live in the real world."

Hannah Moore • Cary, N.C. • Green Hope • Multiple

Notes: Recently nominated to the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team, which will compete in Nanjing, China (Aug. 17-22) ... Set a North Carolina state record in the 500-yard freestyle at the 4A state swimming championships (4:40.98) ... Won the 500-yard freestyle at the USA Swimming Junior National Winter Nationals (Dec. 11).

Top Times
• 100 backstroke: 53.91
• 200 backstroke: 1:54.46
• 200 IM: 1:59.20
• 400 IM: 4:10.95
• 500 freestyle: 4:40.98
• 1,000 freestyle: 9:42.56

"I chose Michigan because the team and the coaches create such a positive and passionate atmosphere," said Moore. "Mike Bottom's program is one of the best in the country, as seen by the men's success, and I want to be a part of his undoubted success with the women as well. Plus, Michigan is an incredible institution where I can receive a world-class education."

Emily Kopas • Davie, Fla. • University School • Breaststroke

Notes: Current member of the US Junior National Team.

Top Times
• 100 breaststroke: 1:01.92
• 200 breaststroke: 2:12.50

"The University of Michigan provides me with the perfect balance of academics and athletics," said Kopas. "Growing up with a Michigan alumnus in my family has played a vital role in determining my decision. Mike Bottom's goals for the Michigan women's swim team are also aligned with my high aspirations."

Carolyn McCann • Federal Way, Wash. • Gig Harbor • Breaststroke

Notes: Won both the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes at the Washington state championships (Dec. 23) ... Took first in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2014 Federal Way sectional meet (March 15).

"I chose Michigan because I want to be a part of something bigger than myself," said McCann. "The Michigan team is going to make huge strides in the next few years and I want to be a part of its success. I also fell in love with the Midwestern campus, the outstanding overall athletic support and nationally-ranked engineering program."

Top Times
• 100 breaststroke: 1:00.93
• 200 breaststroke: 2:14.33
• 200 IM: 1:59.56

Gabby DeLoof • Grosse Pointe, Mich. • Grosse Pointe South • Freestyle/Backstroke

Top Times
• 100 backstroke: 55.18
• 200 backstroke: 1:59.04
• 100 freestyle: 51.88

"I chose the University of Michigan in order to be part of something great," said DeLoof. "There is so much that Michigan has to offer from high-caliber academics to world-renowned athletics. I will have the chance to learn from highly acclaimed professors and an experienced coaching staff. This will afford me the opportunity to excel both academically and athletically. This group of women is very dedicated, hard-working and supportive. I am privileged to be a part of this team and to be able to compete with my sister, Ali, once again."

Juliette Corboy • Winnetka, Ill. • New Trier • Diving

"I chose Michigan because I felt that it was the school where I would be the most successful both in the pool and in the classroom," said Corboy. "Michigan seemed like the perfect place where I could accomplish both with its prestigious education and high level of athletics. Michigan's swimming and diving team has had a long history of being very successful, and I know that I'd like to be a part of that success in the future. I loved the atmosphere of the school, team and coaching staff."

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