Rhode Island head coach Mick Westkott announced the signing of five athletes for the 2019-2020 roster as part of the National Letter of Intent early signing period.
The class includes three swimmers and two divers. Divers Isabella Antonini and Marta Baumann, as well as swimmers Camryn Kreuscher, Aimee Garcia and Shauna Killane will join next year’s team.
“Aimee, Shauna and Camryn will help us fill specific needs the team will have next year,” Westkott said. “Aimee will strengthen our already talented breaststroke group. Shauna will give us strong depth in both the butterfly and the IM events and Camryn will fill a significant need in the lineup in the sprint freestyle events. Isabella and Marta will add to a diving program that is growing stronger every meet.”
Westkott also made a point to mention the contributions that the freshmen will make outside of the pool. “All five of these incoming freshmen bring strong academic credentials," Westkott said. "A great deal of credit for this strong recruiting class goes to Lilli Deering and Jeff Mitchem, as well as to the student-athletes who did a great job in representing the best of this program and this great university.”
Isabella Antonini - Diving
Antonini started diving in fifth grade. She is a five-year varsity athlete and a five-year sectional qualifier. At the 2018 Class A Section V sectionals, Antonini finished second. A five-year scholar athlete, Antonini competed at the 2018 NYSPHSS (state meet). With her club team, Blue Wave Diving, Antonini has qualified for AAU Nationals the past three years, competing in both the 1- and 3-Meter diving events. Antonini holds both the 6 and 11 diving records at her high school. A member of the National Honors Society and an advocate for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, she plans to study Nursing.
Marta Baumann - Diving
Baumann is a California native. A former competitive gymnast, Baumann started diving four years ago. She has played the violin and the viola all through school and enjoys shopping, playing card games and working puzzles like Sudoku. Baumann will be majoring in Kinesiology, with hopes of becoming a physical therapist. She is excited to be a student-athlete at Rhode Island and has already started shopping for winter coats.
Camryn Kreuscher - Freestyle
Kreuscher is from Great River, N.Y. and swims for Hauppauge Swim Club. She is a Junior National Qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle and most recently won the Suffolk County Championship. For three years in a row, Kreuscher has been named the MVP for the Connetquot/East Islip Varsity Swim team. Kreuscher plans on studying Textile Fashion, Merchandise and Design and will most swim the sprint freestyle events. Her top times include a 24.15 in the 50 Free, a 52.92 in the 100 Free and a 1:55.92 in the 200 Free.
Aimee Garcia - Freestyle, IM
Garcia is from Boulder City, Nev. and swims for Desert Storm Swimming. Garcia is a well-rounded swimmer and has strength in distance events, as well as the Individual Medley. Some of her top times are a 4:58.32 in the 500-meter freestyle and a 4:30.32 in the 400 IM. A three-year high school state champion, Garcia has helped extend her school’s winning streak to six years in a row. Garcia will be studying Chemistry.
Shauna Killane - Butterfly, Freestyle
Killane is from Clifton Park, N.Y. and swims for the Clifton Park Half-moon Piranhas. Killane will join the Rhody swim team with times of 57.57 in the 100-meter butterfly and a 2:09.28 in the 200-meter butterfly. Killane also has strong times in the 200-meter freestyle, with a personal best of 1:54.95. A four-time state qualifier, three-time Speedo qualifier and two-time Futures qualifier, Killane plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering.