Nov. 27, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head swimming coach Mike Bottom and diving coach KZ Li announced on Tuesday (Nov. 27) the signings of four women's swimmers and two female divers to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 season. The signees include swimmers Madeline Frost (Saline, Mich./Saline), Elizabeth Harty (Powell, Ohio/Dublin Scioto), Madison Horton (Milton, Ga./Milton) and Julia Salem (São Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae), and divers Keegan McCaffrey (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) and Carly Schaefer (Okemos, Mich./Okemos).
"We feel extremely fortunate to bring these six women into our program here at the University of Michigan," Bottom said. "We started the process late. On the swimming side, to be able to get athletes of that caliber is so incredibly exciting. Each of them competes at a very high level and they all have great work ethics. They will fit in perfectly with the culture we're creating."
"Both Carly and Keegan are very talented divers, and are among the best in the state of Michigan this year," Li said. "Their additions will only strengthen our team. They are extremely dedicated individuals that strive to make the team better."
Frost is a sprint freestyle and backstroke swimmer who trains with Club Wolverine. She is ranked the third-best swimmer in the state of Michigan according to CollegeSwimming.com. Frost won a state title as part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team at the 2012 MHSAA D-I state championships (swimming the anchor leg) and also set two career-best times, finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle, and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. A team captain, Frost was an all-state selection all four years at nearby Saline High School and is also a 10-time All-American.
Harty swims in multiple events for Westerville Aquatic Club. She finished eighth in the 100-yard butterfly and 16th in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2012 D-I Ohio State High School Swimming and Diving Championships. Additionally, she is a high school All-American as part of the 400-yard freestyle relay, holding the high school record in that race, and on the 200-yard medley relay and in the 100-yard butterfly. She's also a two-time team captain.
Horton focuses primarily on the breaststroke, and swims club for Swim Atlanta. She is ranked No. 116 in the nation and No. 6 in the state of Georgia by CollegeSwimming.com. She scored three top-30 finishes at the 2012 NCSA Junior National Championships, including 13th in both the 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter breaststroke and 23rd in the 50-meter breaststroke. She also took third place in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2011 American Short Course Championships.
Salem, a sprint freestyle swimmer, comes from Brazil, where she swam with Pinheiros Sports Club. She is ranked as the 54th-best swimmer in the Class of 2013 by CollegeSwimming.com. In October, Salem won gold medals and set meet records in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke at the São Paulo Junior State Championships. She was a Brazilian Olympic Trials semifinalist in the 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter backstroke. In June, Salem won four medals (bronze in 50-meter freestyle, silver in 100-meter backstroke, gold on two relays) at the 2012 Brazilian Junior National Championships.
McCaffrey is one of two divers in this year's recruiting class, competing for Legacy Diving Club. She finished third on the one-meter at the 2012 MHSAA D-II state championships and finished 10th in that event in 2010. McCaffrey has participated at numerous USA Diving Zone and Regional Championship meets, including a ninth-place finish on the one-meter board at the 2012 USA Diving Summer Junior Region 4 Championships.
Like McCaffrey, Schaefer also competes with Legacy Diving Club. She took sixth on one-meter at the 2012 MHSAA D-II state championships. Last year, Schaefer was named the Michigan Diver of the Year by the Lansing State Journal. Earlier this year, she finished 16th on three-meter at the USA Diving Spring Region 4 Championships and also competed at the Summer Junior Region 4 Championships.
Michigan loses 10 student-athletes to graduation at the end of the year.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423