After winning the EISL championship in both 2006 and 2007, the Princeton men's swimming and diving team was pushed to second place last season. Unwilling to stay down for long, head coach Rob Orr has brought in one of the most highly-touted recruiting classes in his 29 years as head coach at Princeton. Collegeswimming.com ranked the Tiger Class of 2012 fifth nationally, and it includes one Olympian and a handful of potential 2009 conference-team members.
Princeton shared the fifth-place ranking with the University of Florida, which will make the trip north to DeNunzio Pool for the 2008 Big Al Open during the first weekend of December. To read the Collegeswimming.com breakdown of Princeton's Class of 2012, click here.
Here are brief bios for the incoming Class of 2012, listed in alphabetical order:
Ryan Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) will swim the mid-distance free, breast and IM after earning five All-America honors at Mark Keppel High School. He won the Southern Section Division IV titles in the 100, 200 and 500 free and was named the Pasadena Star News Swimmer of the Year three times.
Jon Christensen (Reston, Va.) will swim the breast and IM after earning three All-America honors at Thomas Jefferson High School. He earned two first-team "All Met" honors by The Washington Post and holds the Virginia AAA state record in the 100 breast. He also won a state championship in the 200 IM. Both Christensen and Chiu were specifically cited by Collegeswimming.com for their stellar breaststroke events.
Robert Coe (Bethesda, Md.) is a backstroke specialist who was also individually cited by Collegeswimming.com after earning two NISCA All-America honors at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He was a Potomac Valley Swimming Scholar-Athlete honoree and a two-time All-Met selection. Coe was a two-year captain for his swimming team.
Colin Cordes (Glenview, Ill.) could be one of the biggest early impacts for Princeton next season. He is a terrific free and back performer and could immediately help the Princeton relay teams, which only placed in the top two once at the 2008 EISL championships. Cordes, a multiple-time state champion for Glenbrook South, was one of the top four Princeton recruits considered by Collegeswimming.com and one of the top overall recruits in the nation.
Matt Jacobson (Edgemont, N.Y.) is a versatile performer from Edgemont High School. A state finalist in the fly, breast, 500 and the IM, Jacobson was a five-time MVP at Edgemont and a six-time letterman who also swam for the Badger Swim Club. A three-time Academic All-America honoree, he was a Junior National qualifier in the 200 fly and 400 IM and a sectional fly champion his senior year.
Matt LaMonaca (Atlanta, Ga.) is a sprint free specialist for Marist High School and the Dynamo Swim Club. He was a high school All-America honoree in the 50 and 100, and he set the Marist record in both events (20.56/46.69). A state champion in the 100, he produced Senior National cuts in both the 50 and 100 and had a national top-16 time in the 50. He could be another early contributor in the relay events.
Travis McNamara (Middlebury, Conn.) was another of the major recruits touted by Collegeswimming.com. He was named the Connecticut Most Outstanding Swimmer in 2008 after ending his career with three state titles in the 500 free and two in the 200 IM, an event he holds the state record (1:51.40). The YMCA Short Course national champion in the 1650 free (2008) and long course national champion in the 200 and 400 free (2007), McNamara was the captain of the Connecticut high school state open championship team as a senior and the resident record holder in the 500 (4:22.63) and the 1650 (15:23.62).
Mike Monovoukas (Lexington, Mass.) swam the fly and free for Lexington High School and the Bluefish Swim Club; the latter produced 2007-08 Princeton freshman Patrick Biggs and 2008 Olympian Elizabeth Beisel. A two-time USA Swimming Academic All-America honoree, Monovoukas was a sectional finalist in the 100 free. Both a Junior National and Senior National qualifier, he posted top-16 times in both the fly and free for USA Swimming from 2004-2007 and was both a New England record holder and senior champion.
Alex Morrison (Summit, N.J.) was a three-time conference champion in the 100 fly and holds the Oratory School record in the event. He led Oratory to four conference titles, including one as a senior captain, and was named the outstanding swimmer of the state prep championships in 2008, when he won both the 100 free and 100 back. A Scholastic All-America honoree, Morrison was his class valedictorian.
Adlai Pappy (Atlanta, Ga.) will add to the sprint free and fly squads in the coming years. He won four state relay championships for The Westminster Schools and helped the team set the state record in the 200 medley relay. He finished second in the state 100 fly final and produced top heats in the 200 and 500 free. An All-America honoree in the 100 fly and 200/400 medley relays, Pappy's fly success was touted by Collegeswimming.com.
Colin Quinn (Garden City, N.Y.) helped Garden City High School to a top-five relay finish at the 2007 state championships. A versatile swimmer, Quinn is a two-time all-county selection and was also the class valedictorian at Garden City.
Bryan Tay (Singapore) will join Princeton rising senior Doug Lennox in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics this August. Tay currently holds the Singapore national record in the 100 and 200 free (both LCM and SCM) and the 100 IM (SCM). He has significant international experience, having represented his home country in, among other meets, the South East Asian Games in both 2005 and 2007; he won the 100 free and finished second in the 200 free in 2007. He could be an impact performer at both the EISL and NCAA level during his freshman year.
Charley Wang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) owns four New Jersey age group swimming records as a standout for both Mountain Lakes High School and the Cougar Aquatic Team. A four-time state champion as well as an All-America and four-time all-state honoree, Wang holds the NJSIAA 100 fly record (48.72). Collegeswimming.com touted the potential of a Lennox-Tay-Wang-rising senior Dan Eckel fly group as one of the best in the country.
Tom Wells (Arlington, Va.) is Princeton's lone diving recruit and will have the tough task of replacing Princeton three-meter record holder Stuart Malcolm. Wells had a strong senior year at Yorktown High School, as he finished fourth in the Virginia AAA state championships (431.52 points).