Mundt adds six athletes to 2007-08 swimming and diving roster
Courtesy: Katie Kane, Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Saturday 05/03/2007
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MACOMB, Ill. Western Illinois swimming and diving head coach Nathan Mundt has announced six signees to the 2007-08 roster.

The six student-athletes include a diver and five swimmers, which will join diver Mikayla Mareno and swimmer Mike Regan who committed to Western Illinois in November 2006.

Diver Molly Carrignan from St. Charles, Ill., is a three-time sectional champion and a three-time state qualifier out of St. Charles East High School. Carrignan also participated in gymnastics and softball throughout her high school career.

“Molly is a natural athlete,” said Western Illinois diving coach Kaitlin Schneider. “She will be a great addition to the diving program next year and we are looking forward to having a full group of female divers to represent Western Illinois. Molly is very well rounded in the classroom and is dedicated to athletics.”

Whitney Kropp will join the Westerwinds from Moline High School. The Moline, Ill., native is a free style sprinter and is a four-time state qualifier in relays.

“Whitney has been one of the top swimmers for Moline High School,” Mundt said. “She will add depth to our freestyle events and will improve rapidly during her career as a part of the Westerwinds.”

From Canton High School, swimmer Kaley Rowe, is a state finalist in the 200- and 100-yard free style events as well as a top-16 finisher in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events at the 2007 YMCA Nationals.

“Kaley will have an immediate impact on our freestyle events,” Mundt said. “With the greatest impact on the sprint and middle distance events, she will be a nice addition to an already talented women’s team.”

From Elkhart Central High School, swimmer Phil Kurz is a top-16 finalist in the state of Indiana in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard free style events.

“Phil is a multi-talented swimmer,” Mundt said. “He is very versatile and can swim a number of different strokes, from sprints to individual medley. He will be an excellent addition in our fly events and will contribute in the 200-yard free style. He will make an immediate impact as part of the Leathernecks in relays.”

Jeff Davis will come to Macomb from Schaumburg, Ill. Davis is a middle-distance to distance free styler. He was a 2007 state qualifier in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events.

“I think that Jeff will come in and add great depth to a solid distance core that already exists on our men’s team,” said Mundt. “He will also have the opportunity to swim some butterfly and other events that will make an impact on our relays.”

Transferring from Lincoln Junior College, Dillon York performs in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events, as well as, sprint freestyle events. The Crawfordsville, Ind., native swam at the Junior College Nationals the past two seasons and helped his team to a runner-up team finish each time.

“Dillon is a welcomed addition to the butterfly events,” Mundt said. “He will also have the opportunity to swim in our relays and should be a contributor right away.”

The Western Illinois swimming and diving team will open the 2007-08 season at home against St. Louis, Friday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.

WIU Swimming/Diving


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