May 31, 2012
Siena swimming and diving has received six National Letters of Intent from current high school seniors. The sextet will comprise the program's Class of 2016, one that replaces a class that tied as the winningest one in program history.
"Overall, this class is very talented in the water," said Siena head coach Paul Kueterman. "In addition, they're all very strong in the classroom, which is tremendous for our team."
The Saints added two divers in the recruiting period. Kate Ackert, from Manhasset, N.Y., dove for Kellenberg Memorial High School. Of note, she finished 23rd at the CHSAA City Championships in 2011.
"Kate has a strong club diving background," Kueterman said. "She will be a welcome addition to our program and she will definitely help our team in diving."
The second new diver, Hailey Beers, dove for Brockport High School in Brockport, N.Y. She finished seventh at the 2011 Niagara District Championships, and also won an NYSPHSAA Scholar/Athlete Award this past fall.
"I am excited to have Hailey as a member of our team," Kueterman said. "She has a great work ethic and will make a considerable impact for our team. I look forward to seeing her progress throughout her career."
The Green and Gold will also add four swimmers. Emily Carideo, from Tampa Bay, Fla., was a two-time All-County selection, and finished third as part of Tampa Prep's 400 free relay team at the 2011 state championships. She also notched top-14 finishes in the 500 free and 200 I.M. as well.
"Emily had a great club and high school season, and is a very versatile swimmer," Kueterman said. "Her contributions to our team will be instant in all of her events. She has a great personality and will fit in well with the Siena community."
Also adding versatility is Lauren Daly, who hails from Middletown, N.Y., and swam for Pine Bush High School. A Varsity845.com All-Star, Daly was a state finalist in the breaststroke, and swam for the Pine Bush Aquatic Club as well.
"Lauren is incredibly motivated," Kueterman said. "She trains hard, and I am excited to welcome her to the team in the fall."
Megan Grace, from Dalton, Mass., comes to Siena after a standout senior season. In addition to her exploits at Miss Hall's School, she also set a new record at the Pittsfield YMCA, swimming the 400 free in 4:48.23.
"Megan had a very good year that culminated at the New England YMCA championships," Kueterman said. "She greatly improved her times throughout the past year, and I look for her to strengthen our mid distance and breaststroke events."
Finally, Valerie Zeffiro hails from Farmingville, N.Y., and will add depth to Siena's butterfly and backstroke events. She set Sachem East High School's record in the 100 back, and also shines in the classroom as well.
"Valerie is goal-oriented in everything that she does," Kueterman said. "She is a part of the Albany Medical school program, which is tremendous. Valerie will provide major contributions to the fly and back events and strengthen our relays."
Siena swimming and diving notched the program's fifth straight winning season in 2011-12, going 9-7. The Class of 2012 graduated with 34 all-time wins, tying the Class of 2011 for the most victories by such a group in program history.