South Dakota head swimming and diving coach Jason Mahowald is pleased to announce three commitments for the recruiting class of 2013-14 in Samantha Schuttinger, Greysen Herrting and Michael Pellechia.
"This early signing class is small but packs a big punch," said Mahowald. "Samantha and Greysen will both make an immediate impact for our team. Being able to attract a swimmer like Samantha shows how much the University of South Dakota has to offer."
Samantha Schuttinger is from Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, and specializes in freestyle and backstroke. In high school Schuttinger set three school records and won two Ohio State Championship titles. She has also won six All-American titles and been named all-district, all-Central Catholic League and all-state three times.
Greysen Hertting, a diver from Neenah High School in Appleton, Wis., was the Division One State Champion as a senior after finishing third as a junior. Herrting was a four-time Fox Valley Association diving champion, three-time FVA Diver of the Year and garnered All-American status as a junior. Hertting won every invitational meet she entered this fall and holds a personal-best 11-dive score of 507.85.
"We are very excited about Greysen's potential and really believe that she is going to be a big addition to our diving program," Mahowald said.
Michael Pellechia is a distance swimmer from the Waukesha Express Swim Team. Pellechia boasts career-best times of 4:49.87
in the 500 freestyle, 9:58.99 in the 1,000 freestyle and 16:46.65 in the 1,650 freestyle.
"Michael is going to add some much needed depth to our middle distance and distance freestyle events. Michael comes from a very strong club program and should transition very well to the college level," said Mahowald.