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Lafayette Swimming and Diving Programs Welcome 12 Student-Athletes

May 12, 2003

EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette head swimming coach Jim Dailey has announced 12 recruits in the Leopards' Class of 2007. Four student-athletes will join the men's squad, while the women's team will see eight new faces.

Michael Rossos (Perrinville, N.J./Peddie) will showcase multiple strokes and compete in the butterfly, freestyle and individual medley events. Greg Schwager (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) and Ben Doremus (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) bolster the Leopard lineup in the breaststroke events, while Alex Hess (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) is the only diver on the roster.

"I am looking forward to having these four student-athletes join us in the fall," Dailey said. "They will be able to come in and contribute significantly to the success of our men's program."

Dailey is also excited that several of the recruits on the women's side may be taking aim at the Leopard record books. Elizabeth Helwig (Basking Ridge, N.J./Madison) will swim in the fly, sprint free and IM events, with Sara Berberich (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) striving for the distance free and fly records. Backstrokers Allison Paul (Southampton, N.J./Lenape) and Michelle Oswald (Timonium, Md./Carber Center) are also capable of swimming record-breaking times.

Ashley Posey (Martztown, Pa./Brandywine Heights) and Kara Boodakian (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) will look to challenge for starting positions in fly and sprint free races, respectively. Breastroker Emily Gillespie (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) and freestyler Rachel Gallagher (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) will also add depth to the Leopard roster.

"It's exciting to see the type of depth our women's program has now with the incoming freshmen and the upperclassmen," Dailey said. "We graduated some talented swimmers and have big spots left to fill. I believe this class goes a long way in helping to replace those student-athletes."

The Lafayette men's team finished sixth at the 2003 Patriot League Championships, while the women's squad placed eighth.

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