Louisville, Ky. (WHAS) -- The University of Louisville Men’s Swimming and Diving program, coming off a first-ever Top 10 finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships and Swimming Awards Break Out Program of the Year, has announced the signing of ten student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early fall signing period. The Cards’ list for the 2013-2014 campaign include newcomers Brennen Berger, David Boland, Joe Brown, Trevor Carroll, Christian Garkani, Aaron Greene, Nicholas Hasemann, Josh Quallen, Jake Schultz, and Grigory Tarasevich.
“This is a solid group of young men that will have the opportunity to impact our program the moment they step on campus. We set out to bring in a strong group in quality and in numbers, and under the leadership of Men’s Recruiting Coordinator, Coach Ryan Wochomurka, our staff put together a “blockbuster class”. I believe this is a group who will come in hungry to get better. As we continue to improve in the national rankings, these young men are very much in-tune with the lofty goals we have as a program” said Arthur Albiero, U of L head coach.
Brennen Berger joins the Cardinals by way of Carmel, Indiana. Coached by Chris Plumb of Carmel High School, Berger is a US National qualifier in both the 100- and 200-breaststroke events, and a finalist at the 2012 Indiana High School State Championships. He is also a strong IMer. His best times: in short course yards (SCY) breast: 56.41; IM 1:51.16; and in long course meters (LCM) breast 2:21.69.
“Brennen has only scratched the surface of his potential. He will join a top breaststroke group, and I am eager to watch his development,” said Albiero.
Saline, Michigan native Samuel Blair is a natural talent on the diving boards. A USA Diving Junior Zone Championship qualifier, Blair finished third at the 2012 Michigan High School State Division I Championships. Under the tutelage of Buck Smith at the Legacy Dive Club, Blair has qualified for the USA Diving Regional Championships for the past three years.
“It was clear Sam was a great fit for our program the moment we walked on our campus. He will impact our diving program including platform events,” said Albiero.
David Boland comes to Louisville via Club Wolverine and Saline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Coached by Kelton Graham, Boland is the 2011 Michigan “Swimmer of the Year”, and owns the Michigan State records for both the 100 Butterfly (48.95) and 200 Individual Medley (1:49.47). He has been the State Champion in both events as a freshman, sophomore, and as a junior. His best times: (SCY) fly 48.95, 1:49.48; IM 1:49.47; and (LCM) fly 55.95 and IM 2:08.91.
“David’s versatility will serve him well in our program. We will enjoy playing a role in his development,” said Albiero.
Joe Brown of El Paso, Texas and the Desert Shark Swim Club is a High School All-American in the 200 Individual Medley, and was a finalist at the Texas High School State Championships in the same event. The Eastwood High School standout is also a US Nationals qualifier in the 200 Butterfly and 400 Individual Medley. His best times: (SCY) IM 1:52.16, 3:56.73; fly 50.81, 1:49.85 and (LCM) fly 2:05.40; IM 2:09.88, 4:32.64.
“Joe was excited about being a Cardinal from the very beginning of the recruiting process. He will bring a flawless work-ethic and he will fit right in with a great group of IMers,” said Albiero.
Freestyle specialist Trevor Carroll joins the Cards from South Bend St. Joseph’s High School, and the PRO Swimming/Penn Aquatic Club. Carroll was the 2012 Indiana High School State Champion in the 200- freestyle, and runner-up in the 100-freestyle. Carroll was also a finalist at the 2012 USA Swimming Junior National Championships in the 200-freestyle. His best times: (SCY) freestyle 20.92, 45.19, 1:37.30, 4:28.70 and (LCM) freestyle 52.74, 1:52.61, and 4:03.64.
“I believe Trevor will have a significant impact on the program. He will bring fierce competitiveness combined with a humble hard-working mentality,” said Albiero.
Newport Beach, California native Christian Garkani comes to Louisville via the Aquazot Swim Club under the direction of Brian Pajer. Garkani is a multiple time High School All-American, CIF Champion and CIF Record Holder, while representing Corona Del Mar High School. Christian is also a US National Qualifier in the 100 Freestyle. His best times are: (SCY) freestyle 21.13, 45.30, 1:39.79.
“Christian’s improvement curve is nothing short of exceptional as he comes from a great club background. He will thrive in our program,” said Albiero.
Aaron Greene, 2012 USA Swimming Junior National Champion in the 200 Backstroke, joins the Cards by way of the North Texas Nadadores and Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Under the guidance of Coach Bill Christensen, Greene swam to a 22nd place finish at the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials in the 200-backstroke. Greene owns multiple US National and Olympic Trial qualifying times, and is a multiple time Junior National Champion and finalist in the backstroke events. His best times are: (SCY) back 48.35, 1:44.60; fly 49.71; and (LCM) backstroke 56.31, 2:01.31.
“I am excited to watch Aaron grow and mature physically during his college career. He is a talented and humble young man who will seriously impact the present and future of our program,” said Albiero.
Bartlett, Illinois native Nick Hasemann comes to Louisville from South Elgin High School, and the Academy Bullets Swim Club. A backstroke specialist, Hasemann is a US National qualifier in both the 100- and 200-backstroke events. Nick is also a multiple time High School All-American. His best times are (SCY) backstroke 50.59; freestyle 1:41.37; and (LCM) back 57.70, 2:05.21.
“Nick has just recently been exposed to high level training at the Academy Bullets and I believe his senior year will move him into another level of swimming,” said Albiero.
Josh Quallen, 2012 Olympic Trial Qualifier in the 200-butterfly, joins the Cards from Wilmington High School in Wilmington, Ohio and the Dayton Raiders Swim Club. Coached by Gary Galbreath, Quallen is also a two-time Ohio High School State Champion in the 200-freestyle, a multiple-time finalist at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals, and a USA Swimming Academic All-American. His best times are: (SCY) freestyle 1:39.93; fly 49.31, 1:48.93; IM 1:51.58, 3:57.42; and (LCM) fly 55.35, 2:03.38; IM 2:08.87.
“I believe Josh will flourish in all areas as a member of our program. He will bring great work-ethic in the pool and in the classroom. His improvement curve has been steady and college swimming will showcase his talent,” said Albiero.
Louisville native Jake Schultz makes the trip across town from Ballard High School and the Lakeside Swim Club. The Mike Deboor product owns US National qualifying times in the 400-freestyle, and was the 2012 Kentucky High School State Champion in the 500-freestyle. The USA Swimming Academic All-American is also a member of the National Honor Society. Best times: SCY FS 4:30.73; LCM FS 1:55.12, 4:00.52; IM 2:09.95, 4:34.96.
“We start our search for talent each year right here in the city of Louisville, and we are thrilled to be able to count Jake in as part of our program. He carries a “hard-work first” mentality that will serve him well in college,” said Albiero.
Grigory Tarasevich joins the Cards from Russia via the YCF Aquatics in Orlando, Florida. Tarasevich is a member of the Russian Junior National Team, and is a two-time Russian Junior National Champion. Under the guidance of Alec Rukosuev in Orlando, Grigory also recorded two wins at the 2012 YMCA Junior Nationals setting two YMCA National records in the process in both the 100- and 200-backstroke. His best times are: (LCM) backstroke 25.81, 55.58, 2:01
“Grigory brings raw natural talent. I expect his improvement curve to shift quickly as he adjusts into the new competition level in college. Very solid technique with good international experience,” said Albiero.
“These ten young men are not only extremely gifted student-athletes, but also great people,” said Albiero. “Getting to know each one of these guys through the recruiting process has assured us that each one is a great fit for our program, and all are eager to achieve great things in both the classroom and the pool.”