The local component of the Acadia swim teams is about to get quite a bit larger.
Acadia swimming coach Chris Stone announced April 17 nine recruits for 2014-2015 have committed to the university.
Seven of the announced recruits are Nova Scotians; four, including previously announced Rebecca MacPherson of Canning, are graduates of the Wolfville Tritons program, also coached by Stone.
Seven of the nine are women, which Stone said will bolster the Acadia women’s program.
“With so many strong women coming into the program, including a number of recent Canada Games-level swimmers, I’m very excited about the impact they will have on the team and the conference next season,” Stone said.
“On the men’s side, adding two strong and well-rounded guys into the mix will definitely add some much-needed depth to the team and allow for more variety in relay teams next season.”
Besides MacPherson, who committed a few months ago to study toward a degree in chemistry and join her older sister Kristen in swimming at Acadia, the other female recruits include fellow Triton Kassandra Parsons.
A butterfly and sprint freestyle specialist, Parsons, who is from Kentville, holds the Swim Nova Scotia record for the 15-17 girls’ 50-metre butterfly, and is expected to also become a key member of Acadia’s relay teams.
Other female recruits include Kristin MacKinnon and Shania Wong, both from Pictou, and Laura Beck from Dartmouth. MacKinnon’s specialty is backstroke, while Wong is a strong breaststroker. Both are graduates of the Pictou County Mariners program and have successfully competed at the Eastern Canadian level.
Beck, like MacPherson and Parsons, was a member of the 2013 Canada Games swim team. She holds provincial records in 50-metre freestyle and backstroke, both short-course and long-course.
All four plan to enroll in Acadia’s School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology.
The two female recruits from out-of-province are Alison MacEachern from Charlottetown, who will also study kinesiology, and Caroline Lauder from Toronto, who will be enrolled in Business Administration.
MacEachern swam for P.E.I. at the 2013 Canada Games and currently holds a number of P.E.I. provincial records. Lauder will enter Acadia fresh off a double-medal showing at the Ontario provincial school championships, winning gold in the 100 freestyle and silver in 50 butterfly.
The two male recruits are both long-time Tritons, Adam Deutsch from Kingston and Brendan Vibert from Wolfville.
Deutsch, who will study Environmental Geoscience at Acadia, is the holder of a number of Tritons’ club records. He also was part of the 2013 Canada Games team, competing in both breaststroke and Individual Medley.
Vibert, a well-rounded swimmer, has raced at the national level in both distance and sprint events in multiple strokes. He will be studying geology in the Earth and Environmental Studies program.