@BonniesMSwim Bolsters 2013-14 Roster With Nine Commitments

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team has added nine commitments who will join the defending Atlantic 10 champions in the fall, head coach Sean McNamee announced Friday.

The group consists of seven swimmers and two divers, with their hometowns ranging from as far west as Arizona to as far south as Florida. Below is more information on each new member of the team.

Michael White
Hometown: Gilbert, Ariz.
High School: Dobson

High School:
As a senior was the state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley … earned a plethora of awards in his final season, including All-Arizona First Team, Mesa City Swimmer of the Year and All-Tribune First Team … as a junior he finished ninth in the state final in the 100-yard freestyle and seventh in the 200 IM … named Mesa City Swimmer of the Year … finished eighth in the 200 IM as a sophomore in the state final, and 15th as a freshman … coached by David Larson … named Male Athlete of the Year at Rhodes Junior High as a freshman where he also lettered in cross country and track as a freshman.

Personal:
Born on Oct. 22, 1995, in Mequon, Wisc. … parents are Michael White, Sr. and Laura Hansbury … has one younger sibling, Mya … also swims club for the Arizona Gold … has a goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials in 2016 and making the team … lists Muhammad Ali as his role model … avid movie watcher … student council member during his junior year … plans to major in business and marketing.

Preston Schilling
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
High School: Trinity

High School:
A breaststroke specialist who was named by USA Swimming as a Scholastic All-American in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke as a senior … was also an All-American nominee in the 100-yard breaststroke … finished as the state runner-up in the both the 100- and 200-yard breast as a senior … his 57.69 time in the 100 butterfly was just one second off the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship average (56.65) … was named to the All-State Second Team as a senior … team captain … set two school freestyle relay records in his final year … was also the team captain as a junior … named the Most Outstanding Freshman during his first year.

Personal:
Born on Nov. 15, 1994 … son of Baxter and Carla Schilling … has four siblings: Jeb, Ellie, Gavin and Blair … honor roll student … also swam club for the Lakeside SeaHawks … chose St. Bonaventure because of the team atmosphere … aspires to be an A-10 Champion and NCAA finalist in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke … intends to major in business.

Mike Le
Hometown: Amherst, N.Y.
High School: Clarence

High School:
Section VI Class A Champion in the 200-yard freestyle relay as a senior … also placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke in the same meet … named the team's Most Outstanding Swimmer in his final season … led the squad to a 12-1 record … posted season-best times in the 100 breast (1:02.76), 200 individual medley (2:07.69) and 50 free (22.85 – relay split) … as a junior he claimed the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 medley relay titles at the state final … also lettered in track and field as a freshman.

Personal:
Born on Aug. 3, 1995 … son of Dinh and Huong Le … has a sister, Leeann, and brother, Ryan … National Honor Society Scholar Athlete in 8th and 10th grades … has more than 100 hours of community service through his high school and the National Honor Society … has also volunteered at the Seneca Manor Nursing Home and the YMCA Turkey Trot … has competed for STAR Swimming at the club level since 2008 … plans to major in accounting.

Matthew Goettler
Hometown: Butler, Pa.
High School: Home Schooled/SPIRE Institute

High School:
Was home schooled, but swam at the SPIRE Institute, an academy which trains student-athletes and is home to the Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships … as a senior he posted season-best times in the 100-yard breast stroke (57.69), 200 breast (2:06.88), 200-yard individual medley (1:56.93), 100-yard butterfly (56.16) and 100-yard backstroke (55.05) … swam all four years of high school … coached by Todd Clark and Jim Bocci.

Personal:
Born March 1, 1994, in Stoneboro, Pa. … son of Stephen and Jennifer Goettler … is one of nine children … has an older brother, David, and an older sister, Jessica … six younger siblings are Maggie, Laura, Megan, Gideon, Anna and Ella … only started swimming during his freshman year … chose St. Bonaventure for a myriad of reasons, including its academic offerings, competitive swimming program and people … five-year volunteer at State Representative Brian Ellis' Community Day in his hometown of Butler … lists six-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen as his athletic role model … undecided major.

Jack Hughes
Hometown: Williamsville, N.Y.
High School: Williamsville South

High School:
As a senior he posted season-best times in three freestyle events: the 100-yard (50.48), the 200-yard (1:48.08) and the 500-yard (4:46.54) … swam his portion of the 400-yard freestyle relay in 49.78 … touched in 2:03.98 in the 200-yard individual medley … on average from his freshman year to his senior year he lowered his 500-yard freestyle time by more than 26 seconds per year … also lettered in cross country and track and field all four years.

Personal:
Born on Jan. 18, 1995 in Washington, D.C. … son of Julie and Keith … has one younger sibling, Kerry … made honor roll in high school for nine marking periods … volunteered at the Williamsville Public Library … father swam at Niagara … can run a sub 5-minute mile (4:44) … has a goal of making the Olympic Trials in 2016 … intends to major in finance.

Daniel D'Amato
Hometown: Elma, N.Y.
High School: Iroquois Central

High School:
A freestyle specialist who posted season-best times as a senior in the 50-yard free (24.28), 100 free (53.43), 200 free (2:05.23) and 500 free (5:44.09) … also had a season-best time of 1:03.05 in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley (2:23.98) … served as the team captain his senior year and was a scholar athlete … significantly lowered his times in each event every year from his freshman through his senior campaign … has also swam for the Tri Town Aquatic Club for the last four years.

Personal:
Born Sept. 4, 1995 … son of Amy and Daniel … has two younger sisters, Abby and Mia … received an advanced regents diploma … has volunteered with his church for the last four years … his father and uncles played soccer at the University at Buffalo, and his mother played softball at Herkimer Community College … a three-sport athlete since the 7th grade, he also lettered in golf and baseball … made honor roll every year from 7th grade through 12th … intends to be a pre-medical major.

Alex Szakelyhidi
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
High School: Riverside

High School:
As a senior he finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle at the state final … touched in seventh place in the 500-yard freestyle at the same meet … set team records in both events in his final season … as a junior he finished third in the 200 free and fifth in the 500 free at the state final … won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League title in both events as a junior … finished in the top-10 in the state in both events as a sophomore and qualified for both as a freshman.

Personal:
Born on Aug. 4, 1994 … son of Sherry and Robert … has an older brother, Jonathan, who swam at the University of Maryland and who he lists as his role model … president of the Science Club in high school where he was also on the high honor roll … also swam for Seneca Valley Swim Club … chose St. Bonaventure due in large part to the business school's reputation and new building … plans to major in business and finance.

Keanue Carter
Hometown: Reading, Pa.
High School: Exeter

High School:
As a senior diver claimed fourth place in the Central Penn League and fifth place at the PIAA District III Championships … at the PIAA State Diving Championships he finished in 20th place … honor roll student … four-year diving letterwinner … coached by Chris Heebner and Jen Ciatto … also dove for the Westchester Diving Club.

Personal:
Born on June 15, 1995 … son of Jay and Sheila Carter … has served as a volunteer in soup kitchens and has gone on mission trips … his brother played rugby for Penn State Berks … chose St. Bonaventure because of its community feel and quality education … lists Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker as his personal role model … intends to major in SBU's newest degree offering, strategic communication and digital media.

Harry Cruz
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
High School: First Coast

High School:
Was the captain of the diving team which went undefeated in head-to-head meets during his senior season … the team placed in the top-five in the district and the Gateway Conference … also served as the team captain during his junior year in which the club again placed in the top-five in the district and league … coached by Ron Sodor … dove for one year at Atlantic Coast … was also the captain of the wrestling and tennis teams as a senior.

Personal:
Born on April 20, 1995, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico … son of Alan and Maria … member of the National Honor Society … is a fanatical surfer who lists Kelly Slater, an 11-time world champion, as one of his role models … plans to major in biology.