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Aggies’ 2014 signing class ranked No. 1

August 08, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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Another milestone has been achieved by the Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team as its 2014 signing class was ranked No. 1 nationally by CollegeSwimming.com for the first time in program history.

The Aggies signed an 11-member class that featured 10 swimmers and one diver, although only the swimming signees were accounted for in the ranking. CollegeSwimming.com assigned a star rating system to the top 250 swimming signees in its database to rate the top five signing classes.

“Thanks to CollegeSwimming.com for the ranking,” Aggie head coach Steve Bultman said. “We lost a great group of seniors, so it was imperative to sign a quality class in 2014. This class is a testament to the hard work put in by our team and by the staff. This is a solid class of signees that can cover all the events and will help us replace what we lost to graduation last year. It will be a lot of fun to coach this group the next four years.”

Bultman and the Aggies signed three “five-star” recruits, which means that they ranked among the top 50 swimmers in CollegeSwimming.com’s database. Leading the way was Beryl Gastaldello of Miramas, France, who ranked No. 12 overall and was the top international signee. Bethany Galat of Mishawaka, Ind., and Lisa Bratton of Richland, Wash., were right behind at No. 16 and No. 18, respectively.

Ranking as four-star recruits or Nos. 51-100 in the CollegeSwimming.com database were Kristin Malone of Shorewood, Wisc. (No. 54) and Esther Gonzalez of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (No. 69).

Garnering three-star recognition (Nos. 101-150) were Laura Norman of Keller, Texas (No. 113) and Caitlynn Moon of DeKalb, Ill. (No. 142), while Jessica Sloan of Magnolia, Texas  rated one-star (No. 245).

2014 Texas A&M Women’s Swimming & Diving Signees

Swimmer/Diver

Ht.

Class

Hometown (High School)

Club Team

Lisa Bratton

5-9

Fr-HS

Richland, Wash. (Delta HS)

Tri-City Channel Cats

+Lauren Crown

5-7

Fr-HS

Southlake, Texas (Carroll HS)

GC Divers

Bethany Galat

5-8

Fr-HS

Mishawaka, Ind. (Penn HS)

South Bend Swim Club

Beryl Gastaldello

5-8

Fr-HS

Miramas, France

Cercle Des Nageurs de Marseille

Esther Gonzalez

5-6

Fr-HS

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Ross Sheppard HS)

Olympian Swim Club

Kristin Malone

5-4

Fr-HS

Shorewood, Wisc. (Shorewood HS)

Shorewood Swim Club

Caitlynn Moon

5-9

Fr-HS

DeKalb, Ill. (Home School)

DeKalb County Swim Team

Laura Norman

5-5

Fr-HS

Keller, Texas (Keller HS)

North Texas Nadadores

Nancy Schuchhardt

6-0

Fr-HS

Berlin, Germany (Coubertin Gymnasium)

SSC Berlin Reinickendorf

Jessica Sloan

5-6

Fr-HS

Magnolia, Texas (West HS)

Magnolia Aquatic Club

Sarah Vinezeano

5-10

Fr-HS

Allen, Texas (Allen HS)

Metro Aquatics

+ -- Denotes diver

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