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Erickson inks 18 future Jackrabbits

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 06/11/2014 09:15:22
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South Dakota State head swimming & diving coach Brad Erickson announced the signing of 18 future Jackrabbits, 13 women and five men, who will begin classes this fall.

"The swimming & diving staff is extremely pleased with out incoming student-athletes," Erickson said of the 18 signees.

On the men’s side, Parker Brown (Cambridge, Minn.), Josh Gasper (Columbus, Neb.), Garret Shimko (Riverside, Calif.), Christopher Rumrill (Pierre, S.D.) and Donovan Taylor (Fort Francis, Ontario) will all join the Jacks this fall. Taylor is coming to Brookings by way of a transfer from Indiana.

Brown, who was a Minnesota section champion and state finalist while attending Cambridge Isanti High School, will major in nursing.

Gasper was a two-time Nebraska state finalists on the boards while at Columbus High School and will major in pre-dentistry.

Shimko comes to SDSU by way of Riverside Poly High School and will compete in the sprints and mid-distance for the Jacks. He was a Speedo Championship Series qualifier and a California Southern Division medalist. He intends to major in biology.

Rumrill, who is the lone in-state recruit for the Jacks, is a Pierre native and went to T.F. Riggs High School. He joins former Govs Daniel Jacobson and Alex McLain on the Jackrabbit roster and will swim the butterfly, IM and sprint freestyle. He was the class valedictorian, boasting a 4.0 GPA and intends to major in agricultural/biosystems engineering.

Taylor, a transfer from IU, closes out the men’s 2014 recruiting class. The former Hoosier will swim the butterfly and IM for the Jacks. He was a regional, provincial, national and interscholastic champ and will major in veterinary medicine.

"We only lost four athletes from last year's team, so we were more selective with incoming recruits," Erickson added. "This new class of five men will help fill in areas we lost to graduation and gives us quality depth in all events."

On the women’s side, 13 prep athletes will join the Summit League runner-ups in the fall, including: Olivia Bartel (New London, Wis.), Kalen Critchley (Prince Township, Ontario), Hannah Crump (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Kristin Erf (Oakdale, Minn.), Gretchen Frick (Lawrence, Kan.), Jade Goosen (Durban, South Africa), Cassie Hendricks (Brookings, S.D.), Paige Hinton (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Emily Moore (Des Moines, Iowa), Sydney Rasmussen (Melrose, Minn.), Emily Rosenthal (El Cajon, Calif.), Katya Vakshteyn (Leawood, Kan.) and Alexandra Yaeger (Savage, Minn.). Yaeger is transferring from Northeastern University.

Bartel was home schooled throughout her prep career and will swim in the breaststroke and freestyle events. She was a Speedo Championship Series qualifier and will major in animal science.

Critchley will swim the backstroke and freestyle. She was an Eastern National qualifier and was nationally ranked six times. She intends to major in nursing.

Crump comes to SDSU by way of Northview High School and will swim mid-distance. She was a Michigan state qualifier and will major in horticulture.

Erf, a Stillwater Senior High School graduate, will swim in freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly events. She was a Minnesota state finalist and a High School All-American. She intends to pursue a degree in agriculture communication and journalism.

Frick will swim the distance free and IM. The Kansas state medalist and Speedo Championship Series qualifier will major in pre-medicine.

Goosen comes to SDSU by way of Durban Girls’ College and will swim in the sprint free and backstroke events. She was a Commonwealth Games and National Gala qualifier. She intends to major in early childhood education.

Hendricks will continue the family tradition of swimming for the Jacks as she joins her sister Jessie, who is currently on the roster, and her older sister Ellie, who swam for four years at SDSU. Hendricks will swim the backstroke and freestyle. She was a South Dakota state champion and a state record holder. She will major in science and health.

Hinton will also join her older sister, Kendra next season. She will swim the butterfly and breaststroke. She comes to SDSU after boasting a 4.0 GPA in high school and will major in animal science.

Moore is the lone diver of this recruiting class for the Jacks. She was an Iowa state meet finalist on the boards and will major in physical therapy/athletic training.

Rasmussen will swim the breaststroke and was a Minnesota state finalist. She is undecided on a major.

Rosenthal, a Speedo Championship Series and section qualifier, will swim the breaststroke and will major in agriculture business.

Vakshteyn will swim mid-distance free and backstroke events. She was a Speedo Championship Series qualifier and a Kansas state meet finalist. She intends to major in pharmacy.

Yaeger, a transfer from Northeastern University, will swim the butterfly and IM. She was a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, a Minnesota state champion and All-American. She will be a nursing major.

"Losing nine swimmers from last year's squad has left a void in talent and leadership," Erickson said. "The 13 additions will give us depth and we are excited to see how they will perform for us. We can't wait to see how all 18 student-athletes impact Jackrabbit swimming & diving."

The Jackrabbit women placed second, while the men took third at the Summit League Swimming & Diving Championships last season.

2014 Men's Recruiting Class:

Parker Brown (Cambridge, Minn.)
Josh Gasper (Columbus, Neb.)
Garret Shimko (Riverside, Calif.)
Christopher Rumrill (Pierre, S.D.)
Donovan Taylor (Fort Francis, Ontario)

2014 Women's Recruiting Class:

Olivia Bartel (New London, Wis.)
Kalen Critchley (Prince Township, Ontario)
Hannah Crump (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Kristin Erf (Oakdale, Minn.)
Gretchen Frick (Lawrence, Kan.)
Jade Goosen (Durban, South Africa)
Cassie Hendricks (Brookings, S.D.)
Paige Hinton (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Emily Moore (Des Moines, Iowa)
Sydney Rasmussen (Melrose, Minn.)
Emily Rosenthal (El Cajon, Calif.)
Katya Vakshteyn (Leawood, Kan.)
Alexandra Yaeger (Savage, Minn.)


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