Nov. 25, 2007
HUNTINGTON - Marshall swimming and diving coach Leonard Kraus recently announced that five swimmers had signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Herd, beginning in the 2007-08 season. Among Marshall's new additions are Megan Dementer, Lindsey Stock, Jessica Sweeney, Kim Melinsky and Liz Greenway.
"Overall, I am excited about the possibilities when these five young ladies join us next year," Kraus said. "It shows that this program is continuing to improve and get better and we now have some great building blocks for the future."
Dementer, a native of Duluth, Ga., is an outstanding girl that takes care of business in the classroom as well as the pool. She comes from a strong club team and can swim any event from the 100 freestyle to the mile and should play a major role in the 100 and 200 fly.
"Megan has a bubbly personality and wants to get better," Kraus said. "She has the physical tools to be special. Megan comes in with scoring times that would place in both fly events as well as the 100 free at conference."
Lindsey Stock of Coral Springs, Fla. is a strong swimmer and was a top-eight finalist in the 500 freestyle at the Florida H.S. State Meet her senior year. "Lindsey is coming-to with times that will score in the 500 and mile at the Conference USA Championships. She is a good student and will fit in with our team nicely.
"I expect her to come in and fight for the No. 1 spot in the 200 event through the mile," Kraus said. "She expects to be fast in every swim she competes in no matter what part of the season she's in, which is great because incoming college swimmers normally have to learn that you can swim fast while you are tired.
Kraus feels that Sweeney can add to Marshall's already solid group of distance swimmers. The Hampton, N.H. native swims at the club level for Mike Parratto at the Seacoast Swimming Association.
"Jessica is very solid distance swimmer that I believe has her best swimming ahead of her," Kraus said. "She is very coachable and wants to improve. Coach Parratto believes in setting up his athletes to excel in college and I think she can."
Kim Melinsky is the sister of Ally Melinsky
, who is a sophomore on the Herd's swim team this season. The younger Melinsky is a member of the Club Wolverine swim team and should be a solid addition to Marshall's middle distance and backstroke groups.
"Kim is a very nice girl who has made steady progress over the last four years," Kraus said. "I look forward to her doing the same in her four years here at Marshall. I'm also excited because this will be our first sister combo."
Liz Greenway comes to the Herd from Greer, S.C. An outstanding distance swimmer with good front speed, Kraus expects Greenway to develop into a top notch distance swimmer. Greenway comes in with C-USA scoring times in the 200, 500 and mile events.
"I think Liz can provide our distance group with something we have not had since Erika Nilsson was in the pool," Kraus said. "Her 200 is developing and becoming faster which in turn will allow her to go out faster and more comfortable in the distance events and lead to faster times there."
Marshall will return to action this week at the Miami Invitational on Thurs., Nov. 9 - Dec. 1.