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Women’s Swimming and Diving Brings In Top-10 Recruiting Class for 2011-12 Campaign

Harvard's incoming class is ranked ninth in the nation (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Collegeswimming.com "Ranking the Classes"

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team will welcome eight members of the class of 2015 to its roster for the 2011-12 season, Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving, announced Wednesday. The incoming class hails from eight different states and provinces and features two divers and eight swimmers.    

"They are an incredibly talented group of individuals who, among them all, have every event covered," said Morawski. "Not only will this class add depth to our lineup, but the combination of speed, determination and heart will have an immediate impact on the league. We are thrilled to have not only a talented group of swimmers and divers joining us, but an amazing group of young women."

The Harvard women's swimming and diving class of 2015 garnered attention from Collegeswimming.com, as the website ranked it the No. 9 recruiting class in the nation. In the poll, Harvard was the only Ivy League school in the top ten and the only New England program in the top 25.

The octet of freshmen will look to help push Harvard to the top of the Ivy League. Last season, the Crimson placed second at both the Ivy League and ECAC Championships, and had 10 student-athletes earn All-Ivy League accolades.

Here's a look at the class of 2015:

Ana Anaya, Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson
Four-year member and three-year captain of the John A. Ferguson swimming team … Helped team to back-to-back state titles in 2010 and '11 … Named to the all-state swimming and diving team in 2009 and '10 … Three-time scholastic All-American … Posted All-America qualifying times and named to the All-Dade high school swimming first team all four years of high school … Two-time state champion and first state champion in school history … Holds all but two school swimming records … Miami Herald Swimmer of the Year as a senior … Dr. Donald A. Hoecherl Athletic Female Award recipient … Helped club team, Ferguson Falcons, to two league championships … Captured 16 club league individual championships during high school career … Spanish Honor Society member and Outstanding Student in Legal Award recipient.

Cassandra Corneau, Diving, Providence, R.I./LaSalle Academy
 Attended LaSalle Academy all four years of high school … Junior Olympic national qualifier in 2008, 2009 and 2011 … Seven-time AAU national qualifier and three-time AAU All-American … AP Scholar with distinction … Member of the National Honor Society, Rhode Island Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society … Rhode Island Scholar … 2010 Harvard Book Award recipient … Involved with LaSallian Youth, calculus league and Spanish tutors … Enjoys freestyle skiing, jewelry making and music.

Stephanie Ferrell, Breaststroke/IM, Verona, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy
Four-year letterwinner on the Mount Saint Mary swimming team, serving as captain of the squad as a senior … An eight-time NISCA All-America selection in the 100 breaststroke, 200 IM and 200 medley relay … Named to the Star Ledger all-state team as a junior and a senior … Three-time Somerset County Swimmer of the Year … Named Mount Saint Mary Academy Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year as a senior … Led team to three non-public B high school state titles … Part of title-winning 200 medley relay team at 2011 New Jersey Meet of Champions … Four-time winner in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke at Somerset County and Skyland Conference meets … Recorded pair of top-five finishes in 100 and 200 breaststroke at long course YMCA nationals in 2010 and '11 … NISCA All-Academic and three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and National English Honor Society member … Enjoys history, art, scrapbooking and biking.

Kelsey Hojan-Clark, Freestyle, Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Academy
Four-year member of the varsity swimming team at Brookfield Academy and team co-captain as a junior and senior … Named Brookfield Academy Athlete of the Year, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Swimmer of the Year and Wisconsin State Coaches Swimmer of the Year for three consecutive seasons … Named Sports Illustrated MVP all four years of high school … Three-time high school state champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle … High school state record holder in the 200 and 500 free … Qualified for the Olympic trials … Named to USA Swimming scholastic All-America team … Academic Merit Award recipient … Honored in Midwest Academic Talent Search … School Ambassador, Wisconsin Leader of Tomorrow and student council member … Enjoys playing the piano, running and reading.

Amanda Largent, Diving, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands
Four-year letterwinner on the The Woodlands varsity diving squad … Seven-time Speedo Junior National Diving Championship qualifier during high school career … Competed in eight USA Diving national championships, qualifying for finals four times in individual three-meter competition and three times in three-meter synchronized … Four-time All-American in diving … NISCA High School Super Five Diver as a junior … Named a scholastic All-American … National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta member … Corresponding secretary and Vice President of National Charity League.

Faith Martin, Freestyle, Bristol, Conn./St. Paul Catholic
Lettered all four years for the St. Paul Catholic swimming team and served as team captain as a senior … Earned all-city, all-league, all-state and All-America honors every year of high school … Three-time Connecticut High School Girls Swimmer of the Year and Hartford Courant Swimmer of the Year … Named City Athlete of the Year in 2010, Naugatuck Valley League Outstanding Senior and league championship Swimmer of the Meet as a junior and senior … Four-time team MVP and two-time conference MVP … Earned seven individual state titles, six individual division titles and eight individual league titles … Graduated with school record in seven events and was undefeated in the regular season from 2008-11 … Set eight state individual and relay records in the girls 15-16, 17-18 and senior divisions … Also set two state and three league records … National Merit Commended Student in 2010 … Member of National Honor Society and Foreign Language National Honor Society … Salutatorian … Recipient of 2011 Judge Joseph P. O'Connell Award, 2010 CISCA Scholar Athlete recognition, 2011 CASCIAC Scholar Athlete Award, 2010-11 Fr. Robert Saunders Memorial Scholar Athlete Award, 2010 Harvard Book Award, 2010 Michaels' Jewelers Award and the William Kolsun Memorial Scholarship Award for Science … Volunteered with Bristol Family Center and Bristol Association of Retarded Citizens Prom … Enjoys science, reading and writing … Mother, Meegan Wright Martin, swam at Texas A&M.

Courtney Otto, Freshman, West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca West
Lettered three years on the West Seneca West varsity swimming team … Three-time school MVP and two-time league MVP … Named the West Seneca Bee Athlete of the Year twice and was named the West Seneca West Athlete of the Year in 2010 … Graduated with every individual swim record at West Seneca West and multiple section records as well … Took home two state championships in 2010 and was also a member of the NCSA National Youth Team that same year … Member of National Honor Society, French Honor Society and Peer Counseling group … Was a middle school tutor as a senior … Cousin, Aaron Miller, played hockey at Vermont, in the NHL and on the 2002 U.S. Olympic hockey team … Brother, Joe Otto, was an All-American track runner at RPI and sister, Amanda Otto, captained swim team at Army.

Sarah Sumner, Freshman, Freestyle, Calgary, Alta./National Sport School
Attended National Sport School from 2009-11 and Western Canada High School during 2008-09 academic year … Alberta provincial record-holder in the 400-meter freestyle … Member of junior national team and competed at the North American Challenge Cup, where she won gold in 50, 100 and 200-meter free events, along with relays … 2009 Canada Summer Games team member … 2010 Pepsi Athletic Scholarship recipient … Ranked in the top 10 in four events in Canadian under-18 division … Helped club team, Cascade Swimming, to Canadian age group championship in 2010 … Captured three golds and a silver at the 2009 Paul Bergen International Swim Meet in Portland, Ore. … Took home a gold, two silvers and a bronze at the 2010 Western Canadian Championships … Four-year honor roll member … Alexander Rutherford Scholarship recipient in 2011 … Volunteered for Joe's Team Triathlon … Enjoys music and playing the piano … Mother, Kate Wiley '85, ran track and cross country at Harvard … Aunt, Alison Wiley, ran track and cross country at Stanford.