ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University women's swimming and diving team head swimming coach Skip Nitardy and head diving coach Stephanie Fleming have announced the addition of five student-athletes to the roster for the 2019-20 season.
Joining the Bonnies from East Aurora, N.Y. is Allison Lenda. She swam in the freestyle and the backstroke at Iroquois Central High School. Lenda's best times include 24.36 in the 50-freestyle, 54.58 in the 100-freestyle, 58.26 in the 100-backstroke and 2:11.41 in the 200-backstroke. She was the Officials Choice for the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet at the ECIC Division "A" Championships and earned a 15th place finish in the 100-back at the NYSPHSAA Championship meet. Lenda will be a finance major at St. Bonaventure.
NITARDY ON LENDA: "Allison is a young swimmer that is getting used to the grind of a college season. She is getting better every day and is really surprising herself early this year."
Mary Wilson joins the Bonnies as a diver from Thorndale, Pa. and Bishop Shanahan High School. Wilson's brother, Aidan, was a four-year member of the men's swimming team who graduated in 2018. Mary will major in accounting at St. Bonaventure.
FLEMING ON WILSON: "Mary is a great kid that has been working really hard and has a ton of potential. She is fitting in well with team personality and chemistry. There are still some things to learn, but she has the will to work and get better as time goes on."
Beth Thomas joins the Brown and White from Staffordshire, England. She swims in the breaststroke and IM events. Thomas won a gold and silver medal in the 50-breaststroke at nationals and was a two-time finalist at the British Championships. Thomas plans on majoring in psychology.
NITARDY ON THOMAS: "Beth is doing really well so far in practices. Her transition to the United States has gone smoothly and has really turned some heads, including her own in practice."
Joining the Bonnies is Maria Mangini from Porter Corners, N.Y. She was a distance freestyle swimmer for Corinth High. Her personal best times are 18:01.32 in the 1650-freestyle, 10:46.65 in the 1000-freestyle and 5:16.29 in the 500-freestyle. Mangini will major in business at St. Bonaventure.
NITARDY ON MANGINI: "Maria is one of the hardest workers I've ever coached. She is someone that is never going to back down from a challenge and we really like that about her."
Hayley Tasselmyer joins the Bonnies after spending her first two collegiate seasons at Niagara University. Tasselmyer is a junior and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. In the breaststroke her personal best times are 1:03.75 in the 100-breast and 2:20.00 in the 200-breast. At Cortland High, she was a two-time national qualifier and had multiple second place finishes at the NYS Championship meet. Tasselmyer was a Mid-American Athletic Conference Champion in the 100-breaststroke as a sophomore at Niagara and placed second in the 200-breaststroke. Tasselmyer also holds three individual school records at Niagara. She plans on majoring in physical education.
NITARDY ON TASSELMYER: "Hayley is a wonderful girl and has so much untapped talent. She is great with the team and is going to give us a lot of experience on a young squad. I cannot wait to see what she accomplishes."
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