STANDISH, Maine – Head Coach Jared Felker is pleased to announce the women's swimming Class of 2023.
Coach Felker's third recruiting class features five swimmers – two men and three women – and helps fill the roles vacated by the team's two departed seniors: Stephen Quinlan and Julia Rowlett.
The SJC women return nine swimmers this year after placing seventh in the GNAC Championship and 19th in the NEISDA Championship last winter. On the men's side, three individuals return from a team that placed fifth in the GNAC Championship and 12th in the NEISDA's during the 2018-19 campaign.
"I am really excited to welcome our Class of 2023," adds Felker. "On the men's side, Joseph Spurling sat out his last high school season due to injury but is now healthy and we have very high hopes for him as a college swimmer. He adds depth and speed in our backstroke, IM, and middle distance freestyle. Evan Whaley is coming off an impressive senior year. His high school times already put him at the top of the GNAC in distance free and butterfly. Though our roster is on the small side, the nucleus of our team has never been stronger!"
"On the women side, Delany Young has great middle distance speed and will add to a strong backstroke group. She is versatile and will also help deepen out middle distance and distance freestylers. Both Madison Mills and Haley McCullough come in with great sprint speed. They will not only bring speed but depth to one of the strongest sprint groups we have had in school history."
"When it comes to dedication and character this group has it all. I am looking forward to seeing what they are capable of!"
SWIMMING CLASS OF 2023:
Why Saint Joseph's? The food is outstanding, and the college is only eight miles from my house.
High School: Swam at Gorham High School…Helped the Rams win the 2018 and 2019 Maine State Championships and South-Westerns…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll…Swam for Portland Pine Tree Swim Club 2009 – 2013 and Westbrook Seals 2013 – 2015.
Community Service: Assistant swim coach for the Gorham middle school swim team.
Personal: Haley Jane McCullough, daughter of Ann and Owens McCullough…Has two siblings, Mathew and Sarah.
Why Saint Joseph's? The community based feel of the campus and the connections between the professors and students, the small classroom settings means that the professor will know my name, not just a number. Also, the academic opportunities that school has for students like tutoring, academic help center, and the office hours of the professors when help is needed. Lastly, the coaching staff for swimming and the small and family feel of the team, which was a big factor in deciding which college I was going to.
High School: Four-year varsity swimmer at Timberlane Regional High School…Swam legs for several school record relay teams…Earned High Honors, listed on the Honor Roll, and a member of the Business Honor Society and Student Council.
Community Service: Volunteered at local library, volunteered at Cedardale Aquatics before working there
Personal: Madison Anne Mills, daughter of Joann and Stephen Mills…Has two siblings, Allison and Connor.
Why Saint Joseph's? Close knit community, Sebago Lake, lively atmosphere, swimming
High School: Participated in swimming, football, and volleyball at Natick High School…Selected as a team captain…Bay State League Undefeated Champions (two consecutive years; 2018-2019), Massachusetts Division 1 States, Massachusetts South Sectionals…Listed on the Academic High Honor Roll and Honor Roll.
Community Service: Wayland Fire Department, Wounded Warriors
Personal: Joseph William Spurling, son of Heather and Daniel Spurling…Has two siblings, Shannon and Connor.
Why Saint Joseph's? SJC has every aspect I wanted such as size and location plus it's a beautiful campus.
High School: Swam at Merrimack High School…Earned the Coaches' Award…Helped his team win New Hampshire State Championships his sophomore, junior and senior seasons…New Hampshire Scholars honoree…Swam club for Storm Swim Team for 11 years and Executive for one year.
Community Service: Dominican week long mission trip, day away Alzheimer's program, senior service day (yard cleanup for senior citizens).
Personal: Evan James Whaley, son of Cynthia and Francis Whaley…Has three siblings, Kate, Russell, and Emily.
Why Saint Joseph's? I love everything about the college!
High School: Participated in swimming, basketball, and soccer at Morse High School…Selected as a team captain and earned All-Conference honors…Helped lead MHS to four State Championship appearances and competed in the Junior Olympics for two years…Honor Student…Swam club for Long Reach Swim Club.
Personal: Delaney R. Young, daughter of Deb and Tim Young…Has one brother, Tyler.