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WVU men’s swimming squad adds seven

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Murrysville's Miles Molinaro among Mountaineers new recruits

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (July 19, 2011) - West Virginia University swimming and diving coach Vic Riggs announced today the addition of seven student-athletes to the men’s program for the 2011-12 season.

Bryce Bohman (Moline, Ill.), Daeton Davenport (Austin, Texas) and David Palley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) each signed a National Letter of Intent, while Eric Dillemuth (Spring, Texas), Scott Fetsko (Morgantown, W.Va.), Liam McLaughlin (Medina, Ohio) and Miles Molinaro (Murrysville, Pa.).

“I am especially pleased to be adding such a strong class of student-athletes for the 2011-12 season. Bryce, David, Daeton, Eric, Miles and Scott each bring not only their strong athletic ability, but also great character qualities to the men’s swimming program,” Riggs says. “With the addition of Liam to an already talented group of divers, it creates a nice foundation for Mike (Grapner) to build on and continue our goal of competing at the top of the BIG EAST in the pool and on the boards.”

A Moline, Ill., native, Bohman comes to WVU after spending two seasons at Lincoln College where he set the NJCAA national record in the 100 back (48.11). Bohman holds the school record in the 200 back (1:46.59), 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. At the 2011 NJCAA National Championships, Bohman finished first in the 100 back, first in the 200 back, second in the 200 free relay, second in the 400 free relay, second in the 200 medley relay, third in the 50 free and third in the 400 medley relay en route to being named the NJCAA Swimmer of the Year.

“Bryce comes to WVU from one of the top junior college programs in the country and was arguably the top swimmer on the junior college circuit,” Riggs comments. “He adds to an already strong backstroke program and we look for him to continue to develop into an NCAA qualifier. Bryce will also be a key member of our relays at the dual, BIG EAST and NCAA levels.”

Davenport joins the Mountaineers from Austin, Texas, where he swam for Erin Murphy at Vista Ridge High. Davenport took third in the 500 free, third in the 200 medley relay and fifth in the 200 free at the 2011 Texas 4A state championships. He also qualified in 2010, finishing 13th in the 500 free. At the 2011 Region 7 4A championships, he finished second in the 200 free and 500 free, while taking first in the 200 free and second in the 500 free at the District 25 4A championships. Davenport also qualified for the Region 7 5A championships in 2009 and 2010. Davenport holds school records in the 200 free, 500 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay.

"Daeton is a great addition to the distance program and comes highly recommended by Tim O’Brien from Nitro Swimming. Daeton is also a motivated student and we are looking forward to having him bring our distance program to the level we know it should be,” Riggs says. “I believe Daeton can develop into one of the best distance swimmers WVU has seen and I was pleased when he accepted that challenge on his visit here to WVU.”

Dillemuth, a native of Spring, Texas, captained Klein Oak High under the guidance of Kyle Subda. Dillemuth finished 12th in the 200 IM, 13th in the 100 breast and 15th in the 200 free relay at the 2011 Texas Region IV 5A Championships and also finished 18th in the 200 free relay in 2010. Dillemuth also swam for PACK under coach Mike McCauley

“Coming from Texas, Eric has been around good swimming his entire life and we are looking forward to him coming to WVU,” Riggs says. “Eric will help add depth in both our breast and IM events. Eric has the talent and drive to continue our breaststroke tradition here at WVU.”

A Morgantown native, Fetsko attended Morgantown High, coached by Jennifer Nieusma Karolchik, while also swimming for West Virginia Aquatics under the guidance of WVU assistant coach Kyle Gallo. A sprint freestyler, Fetsko was the West Virginia state champion in the 50 free and 100 free, earning first team all-state honors in 2011. The three-time all-region and all-conference honoree was named the 2010 and 2011 NCAC Conference Swimmer of the Year. As a four-year letterwinner, Fetsko holds the school records in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 100 back. At the 2010 state championships, Fetsko finished second in the 50 free and 100 free, while earning second team all-state honors. With West Virginia Aquatics, Fetsko was the 50 meter free long course state champion in 2009, as well as the 100 yard free short course state champion in 2010.

“I feel it is very important that the West Virginia swimming talent stays in the state and come to WVU,” Riggs comments. “It is always good to get one of the best from the state of West Virginia and one of your own as Scott swam at West Virginia Aquatics. Scott has untapped talent and we are looking for him to potentially score at the BIG EAST level.”

A native of Medina, Ohio, McLaughlin attended Medina High where he was a four-year letterwinner and captain. As a 2010 all-state member, McLaughlin was a three-time all-county and all-conference honoree. He was also three-time all-Medina Gazette, three-time all-Medina Post and was named the Medina County MVP in 2010. At Medina High, McLaughlin holds the 6-dive (296.95) and 11-dive (451.85) school records. At the 2010 OHSAA state championships, McLaughlin took second (444.40) on the 1-meter dive. He also dove for Berea Diving Club under Tim Croy.

“Liam will bring a solid background of diving after training with the Akron Rippers this summers,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “His determination to perform well on the boards is evident and he will make a solid contribution to our men’s diving program.”

Molinaro, hailing from Murrysville, Pa., swam for the Jewish Community Center Sailfish under Al Rose and John Lynch. Molinaro was also a four-year letterwinner for Vic Santoro at Franklin Regional High. At the 2011 Pennsylvania state championships, Molinaro placed 11th in the 200 IM, 10th in the 200 free relay and 14th in the 400 free relay. As a four-year member of the 200 free relay team at the state championships, Molinaro placed sixth three years and was also a four-time National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) All-American.

“Miles will add depth to our men’s program in the sprint free and IM events,” Riggs adds. “He also has experience in the freestyle relay events and Miles has the ability and dedication to develop into a very fine IMer and freestyler.”

Palley comes from Walnut Creek, Calif., and swam for Paul Stafford with the Terrapins Swim Team, while attending Acalanes High, coached by Mark Cavallero and Jeff Miller. Palley was a four-time NICS Scholar-Athlete and a three-time DFAL all-league swimmer. Palley is a four-year qualifier in the North Coast Section finals. At the 2011 championships, he finished second in the 200 medley relay, eighth in the 100 back and ninth in the 200 IM. In 2010, Palley finished fourth in the 200 medley relay, third in the 100 back and 14th in the 200 IM. At the 2011 DFAL finals, Palley took second in the 200 medley relay, third in the 200 IM, third in the 100 back and fourth in the 400 free relay.

“David is what every coach is looking for, an excellent all-around student-athlete and comes from a great program in the Terrapins and a great coach in Paul Stafford,” Riggs says. “David will be pivotal in our dual meet success and compete for top 8 in the backstroke events at BIG EAST. I look forward to working with him towards his goal of making NCAAs during his career here at WVU. I am very excited about his addition to this team.”

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