May 21, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- University of Wisconsin swimming and diving head coach Whitney L. Hite announced Tuesday the addition of four student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Wisconsin and join the class of 2013.
"We did very well in the fall and with these additions I think this class becomes that much stronger," Hite said. "You're looking at what I would consider a top-10 class in the country. Not everyone in the class is a recognizable name and that's a good thing. They'll know about them by the end of next year.
"We've got some kids who will make an instant impact and that's great because we do lose a great amount of talent in Dan (Lester) and Michael (Weiss), but this is the type of class that, as a whole, can replace two studs and hopefully build on that success they fostered."
MARIA CARLSON (Livermore, Calif.)
An NSCA Junior National Qualifier, Carlson competed in the Pacific Swimming All-Star meet last summer. The Livermore, Calif., native was rated the 46th-best swimmer in the state of California by CollegeSwimming.com.
Whitney Hite on Carlson: "Maria is an athlete with a lot of potential who made some huge drops on her times within the last year. She will help us tremendously in the breaststroke, as well as the freestyle and individual medley events.
"We are really excited about her and what she can bring to the program. I think she is just scratching the surface of her talent and will surprise a lot of people."
NICK CALDWELL (Sarasota, Fla.)
A University of Florida transfer, Caldwell spent the past two seasons competing for the Gators. Despite battling injuries, Caldwell earned NCAA All-American accolades during his time in Gainesville, Fla., as a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay squad at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Whitney Hite on Caldwell: "Nick had a lot of success in high school and at Florida and we're pleased that he will be joining our program in the fall. We think he can really help us in the mid-distance to distance freestyle events and the 200 and 400-yard individual medley races.
"He's a guy that can swim a lot of different events and he will certainly have a huge impact on this program right away."
SEAN MALONEY (Canberra, Australia)
Maloney is a member of the Australian squad that competed at the 2012 Jr. Pan Pac Championships. At the Jr. Pan Pac Championships in Hawaii, the 17-year old advanced to the B-Final and placed 13th in the 400 long course meter freestyle in 3:58.75.
Whitney Hite on Maloney: "Sean is a mid-distance to distance freestyler who has had some international experience. His addition gives us some depth in those events next season and he will really be able to compete for spots on our `A' relays.
"Sean is someone who could come in and have an impact on our program right away."
HARRISON TRAN (Frisco, Texas)
The Liberty High School graduate finished at the top of his class academically, while also excelling at the club level for the Dallas Mustangs. Tran was a Junior National Qualifier in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly.
Whitney Hite on Tran: "Harrison is someone who has the potential to come and work his way on to the team in terms of his role. He will help us a lot in the butterfly events and he comes from a great club program, which means that he'll be prepared to help us sooner than later.
"He'll be attending UW on an academic scholarship, which means he is a very bright young man and hopefully his depth will have a big impact on this team."