SDSU inks eight for swim/dive
South Dakota State University head men's swimming and diving coach Brad Erickson announced that eight prep standouts have declared their intentions to continue their academic and athletic pursuits with the Jackrabbits in the fall.
The 2013 recruiting class includes:
Michael Aasness, Fergus Falls, Minn.
A diver, Aasness capped his prep career with a runner-up finish on the 1-meter board at the 2013 Minnesota Class A state meet. A three-time state qualifier, he placed 10th as a sophomore and 14th as a junior before his breakthrough 2012-13 season. Aasness intends to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
Chris Angerhofer, Sioux Falls
Angerhofer won numerous state titles and set state records as a member of the Sioux Falls Snowfox club team. In March, Angerhofer claimed state titles in the 400-yard individual medley, 500 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle at the indoor short-course state meet. Set to graduate this spring from O'Gorman High School, Angerhofer plans to major in biology.
Noah Batenhorst, Omaha, Neb.
Batenhorst placed in the top 10 for 1-meter diving three times at the Nebraska state meet. Representing Millard West High School, he placed ninth as a sophmore and fourth as a junior before moving into the third spot at the 2013 championships. Batenhorst is expected to pursue a degree in engineering.
Matt Carpenter, Redmond, Ore.
Carpenter was a sectional finalist in the middle distance and distance freestyle events as a senior for Redmond High School. He enjoyed a strong junior season, placing third in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 freestyle at the Class 6A state championships. Carpenter plans to major in engineering.
Josh DeDina, Hampshire, Ill.
DeDina qualified for the Illinois state championships in both the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke during his senior season at Hampshire High School. He plans to major in agricultural business.
Cody Hoyes, Longmont, Colo.
Hoyes has competed at each of the last two Class 4A Colorado state meets in the sprint freestyle events and is again a sectional finalist his senior season. He swam in four different events during the 2012 championships, placing sixth in the 100 freestyle and 12th in the 50, while also helping lead the Sliver Creek High School 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay squads. He has yet to declare a major.
Geoffrey Longhurst, Boulder, Colo.
Longhurst, who will swim the middle distance and butterfly events for the Jackrabbits, has qualified for each of the last two Class 5A Colorado state meets. He has placed as high as 13th in the 200 freestyle, while also qualifying in the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly. Longhurst plans to pursue a degree in consumer affairs.
Tony Mikrut, Tinley Park, Ill.
Mikrut swam in four events at the 2013 Illinois state championships, competing individually in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. He also helped lead the Lincoln Way North High School 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay squads to state competition. Mikrut plans to major in exercise science.