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DU Menís Swimming and Diving Gets Five Commitments for 2011-12 Class
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 12/08/2010

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DENVER -University of Denver men's swimming and diving head coach Brian Schrader announced today that Eric Anderson, Daniel Ettelson and Parker Quackenbush have committed to swim for the Pioneers beginning next season. Also committing to the Pioneers is Ross Edfort and Simon Latimer as divers for the 2011-12 squad, diving coach Aaron D'Addario announced.

"The goal for our fall signing period was to strengthen our men's diving program, make sure we were addressing needs in freestyle and fly events, and continue to bring in athletes that are national level kids, and I feel like we did that," Schrader said. "We signed five athletes (two being divers), and the swimmers we signed will be strong contributors here. We will continue to recruit the spring signing period to continue to grow this incoming class, but it is really what we wanted and needed for this class to start with."


At 6-foot-2-inches, Anderson comes to DU with a wealth of experience in the Butterfly and Freestyle events. A former swimming for the Canadian Junior Pan Pacific Championship team, Anderson graduated from Bowness High School and also swam for the University of Calgary Club team. (view complete bio)

"Eric is a very talented butterflyer and freestyler, among the best in Canada, and he will be helping our relays immediately, as well as being able to come in and race for wins in any of his Freestyle or Butterfly events," Schrader said. "Our goal is to have him compete at NCAA's and to continue to represent Canada during his career at the international level on national teams. I don't underestimate the impact he will have on our program during his career."

A 6-foot-3-inch swimmer from San Diego, California, Ettelson was a club swimmer for 12 years and was named a First Team All-CIF while swimming for the Mount Carmel High School swim team. An Academic All-America selection, Ettelson was also named his high school's Swimmer of the Year. (view complete bio)

"Daniel is tall, has great technique, is an awesome student and will come in and compete for relay spots and help our team right away in the Freestyle sprints," Schrader said. "He is also a talented water polo player, and I think his swimming is just starting to blossom. I think in our program he is going to be really fast. He is one of the fastest sprinters in southern California and we are excited to have him join our team next season."

A 6-foot swimmer from Orlando, Florida, Quackenbush joins the Pioneers from Lake Highland Preparatory School. A three-time winner of the Highlander Award for character, Quackenbush brings with him experience in the Backstroke and the Butterfly events. (view complete bio)

"Parker is going to bring some great energy to our program and help us immediately with depth in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly," Schrader said. "He is an outstanding student, and had a great high school career in Florida, making the State Finals. I anticipate that he is someone who will thrive in our program as well, and be competing for one of the top-three spots at the conference level in his best events. I believe he will be an athlete that will be great to coach and have in the pool helping other people be better."


"This is an exciting time for diving at DU," D'Addario said. "We have two great young men coming into the program, both bringing different strengths to the team. It will be great to see Simon and Ross work together pushing each other to get better, this dynamic duo will help keep the University of Denver on top of diving in the rocky mountain region."

Born in Heidelberg, German, Latimer comes to DU from Broomfield High School where he was a member of the team's diving program. An All-State and All-American selection, Latimer is fairly new to the sport of diving, but has progressed in such a quick amount of time to finish fourth at the State Championships in 2010. (view complete bio)

"Simon began as a swimmer, but once he saw diving, he became hooked," D'Addario said. "He is a fast learner and a hard worker and he has worked with area club coaches in the offseason to enhance his diving ability. I'm really excited about the opportunity to work with Simon and develop him into an outstanding collegiate diver. He has a phenomenal amount of talent and potential, and he will be a great addition to our program."

A club diver for 12 years, Edfort comes to DU from New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he was a three-year varsity diver for Franklin High School. Edfort was the 2006 Junior National Champion in the 1 and 3 Meter diving events and was also the 2006 AAU National Champion. (view complete bio)

"Ross has been a diver for over 10 years, and has been qualifying and competing at Nationals since 2005," D'Addario said. "He has won countless Regional and Zone meets and this past year as a 16-18, he finished 20th on the 1-meter, 23rd on the 3-meter, and seventh in the 3-meter synchronized competition. He is extremely talented and experienced, and I cannot wait to coach him and watch him succeed at the conference and national level."



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