Nov. 19, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head swimming coach Mike Bottom and diving coach KZ Li announced the signings of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent today (Tuesday, Nov. 19) who will join the women's squad for the 2014-15 season. Six of the athletes are swimmers -- Gillian Ryan (Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown Area HS), Hannah Moore (Cary, N.C./Green Hope HS), Clara Smiddy (Miami, Fla./Home Schooled), 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 one is a diver -- Juliette Corboy (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier HS).
The class includes five women ranked in the top 35 in the nation by collegeswimming.com. One is a member of the US National Team, and two are a part of the US Junior National Team.
"We believe this is one of the top incoming classes in the nation," said Bottom. "This is a group of young women that showcase potential as students and athletes for the University of Michigan. They have all achieved high levels individually, and we believe they will fit well into Michigan's culture of swimming. We are excited to bring them to campus next fall and help them grow into examples of Michigan women, the leaders and best."
"Juliette has shown a great amount of potential and continues to improve," said Li. "She has a great attitude and wants to get better. One of my favorite things about her is what her current coaches say about her: that she is coachable and great to work with."
Gillian Ryan Kutztown, Pa. Kutztown Area Distance
Ryan is a distance swimmer who is currently on the US National Team. Collegeswimming.com and SwimSwam.com rank her the No. 4 recruit in this class. She currently trains at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club led by former U-M men's swimming and diving head coach Bob Bowman while taking online classes at Kutztown Area Senior High School in Kutztown, Pa., her hometown. She won the 800-meter freestyle at the 2011 U.S. National Championships while swimming for Parkland Aquatic Club. According to Swimming World Magazine, Ryan's best time in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:49.74) would have been good enough for third place at the 2013 NCAA Championships. In 2011, she won a silver in the 800-meter freestyle and a bronze in 400-meter freestyle at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. She also competed at the 2012 US Olympic Trials
4:07.26 LCM/4:36.99 SCY in the 400/500 freestyle
8:25.57 LCM/9:26.50 SCY in the 800/1,000 freestyle
16:14.67 LCM/15:49.74 SCY in the 1,500/1,650 freestyle
Hannah Moore Cary, N.C. Green Hope Multiple
Moore is ranked No. 20 in the nation by collegeswimming.com and No. 1 in the state of North Carolina and is part of SwimSwam.com's top-20 recruits. She swims multiple events with an emphasis on backstroke. She is from Cary, N.C., where she trains with the Triangle Aquatic Club Titans and Green Hope High School. Moore is a four-time state champion in North Carolina, claiming the 100-yard backstroke and 500-yard freestyle as a junior and the 200-yard IM and 500-yard freestyle as a sophomore. Moore competed at the 2012 US Olympic Trials in four events, finishing 11th in the 200-meter backstroke. She also took fifth in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2013 Long Course Junior Nationals.
2:13.02 LCM/1:54.46 SCY in the 200 backstroke
1:03.25 LCM/53.91 SCY in the 100 backstroke
2:18.22 LCM/2:01.30 SCY in the 200 IM
4:49.63 LCM/4:15.50 SCY in the 400 IM
4:16.83 LCM/4:43.93 SCY in the 400/500 freestyle
8:48.37 LCM/9:53.69 SCY in the 800/1,000 freestyle
Clara Smiddy Miami, Fla. Home Schooled Multiple
Clara Smiddy is the No. 25-ranked recruit according to collegeswimming.com and the top prospect in Florida. SwimSwam.com lists her in its top 20 for the 2014 recruiting class. She primarily swims backstroke and freestyle for the AK Sharks in Miami, Fla. Smiddy is home schooled and competes scholastically for the South Florida Home Educated Athletic Teams (HEAT). She recently won the Florida state championship in the 100-yard backstroke at 52.94 -- a new state record -- and took the title for the 200-yard IM as well. Smiddy is a member of the US Junior National Team (2013-14) and competed for the US at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships, where she took home a bronze medal in the 50-meter backstroke.
26.38 LCM/23.24 in the 50 freestyle
57.16 LCM/49.57 SCY in the 100 freestyle
1:00.51 LCM/52.46 SCY in the 100 backstroke
2:10.69 LCM/1:56.74 SCY in the 200 backstroke
2:19.44 LCM/1:58.39 SCY in the 200 IM
Emily Kopas Davie, Fla. University School Breaststroke/IM
Kopas also hails from Florida and is the No. 2-ranked prospect in the sunshine state and is ranked No. 30 in the nation, both according to collegeswimming.com. Like fellow incoming Floridian Smiddy, Kopas is also a member of the US Junior National Team (2013-14). Kopas primarily swims breaststroke but also competes in the 200 individual medley. She competes for the University School of Nova Southeastern Swim Club and recently won the state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her family has strong swimming ties to U-M: her father Bill was the 1986 Big Ten champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle while studying in Ann Arbor, and her uncle Brice was an All-American for Michigan in 1994.
1:09.94 LCM/1:01.92 SCY in the 100 breaststroke
2:32.58 LCM/2:12.50 SCY in the 200 breaststroke
Carolyn McCann Federal Way, Wash. Gig Harbor Breaststroke
McCann is ranked No. 35 in the country and No. 3 in Washington by collegeswimming.com. SwimSwam.com ranked McCann in its top 20 recruits for 2014. She focuses primarily on breaststroke for the King Aquatic Club, where she is coached by former Olympian Tommy Hannan. She helped set a national age group record for King Aquatic Club in the 200-meter medley relay at 1:56.39 in July. Just recently, McCann won the Washington Class 4A 100-yard breaststroke state championship in record-setting fashion, besting a five-year-old record with her time of 1:01.33. She also assisted in the 200-yard medley relay state championship by swimming the butterfly leg. This past August, McCann competed at the USA Swimming Junior National Championships.
1:10.66 LCM/1:00.93 SCY in the 100 breaststroke
2:14.33 SCY in the 200 breaststroke
2:18.13 LCM/1:59.56 SCY in the 200 IM
Gabby DeLoof Grosse Pointe, Mich. Grosse Pointe South Freestyle/Backstroke
DeLoof is listed as the No. 2 ranked recruit in Michigan and No. 112 in the nation. She focuses on freestyle and backstroke while competing for Grosse Pointe South High School and Pointe Aquatics. DeLoof clocked career bests of 51.63 in the 100-yard freestyle, 55.95 in the 100-yard backstroke and 1:59.04 in the 200-yard backstroke. She helped Grosse Pointe South to a third-place finish at the 2012 Michigan state championship while earning two All-State accolades. She competed at the 2013 USA Swimming Junior National Championships and at the 2012 US Olympic Trials. She is the younger sister of current Wolverine Ali DeLoof.
1:03.29 LCM/55.95 SCY in the 100 backstroke
2:16.42 LCM/2:03.57 SCY in the 200 backstroke
51.63 in the 100-yard freestyle
Juliette Corboy Winnetka, Ill. New Trier Diving
Corboy is one of the top divers in Illinois, receiving three straight all-state first team honors (2011-13) following two third-place finishes and a sixth at the state meet. She captured the Central Suburban League South diving title in 2013 with a score of 482.04 (11 dives) that set a new division and school record. She also was named to the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) All-America team three straight seasons as well. Corboy qualified for the USA Diving Junior National Championships each year from 2008-2013. She competes for the Chicago Diving Club under coach Alik Sarkisian.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423