PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's swimming & diving program will welcome seven swimmers and three divers to the team this coming fall, as head coach Kate Kovenock heads into her fourth season at the helm. The Bears' 2016-17 campaign was the strongest in the last decade of the program's history, producing the best dual meet record and highest points total at the Ivy Championships in 11 years, breaking seven school records in the process.
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
High School: Henry M. Gunn High School
Club Team: Stanford Diving (Coach Ryan Wallace)
1M – 515.0 (11 dives), 288.0 (6 dives)
3M – 430.25 (10 dives)
Why Brown?: "I chose Brown because of the top-notch academics, supportive team, and amazing women's swimming and diving program. Deciding to go to Brown was easy given the fact that I knew I would still be able to explore my passions while diving at a high level. I can't wait to see what the next four years will bring!"
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
High School: James Madison Memorial High School
Club Team: Badger Aquatic Club (Coach Drew Walden)
50 Freestyle – 23.21
100 Freestyle – 50.98
200 Freestyle – 1:52.48
Why Brown?: "It was an easy choice for me. From the moment I saw the campus and met Coach Kate, Coach Sam, and the swim team, I felt welcomed and at home. Brown offers a wide variety of concentrations and academic freedom that will allow me to develop as a student and person. I cannot wait to spend my next four years at Brown!"
Hometown: Wenatchee, Wash.
High School: Wenatchee High School (Coaches James Elwyn and Mike Hartley)
Club Team: Velocity Swimming (Coach John Pringle)
50 Breaststroke – 29.12
100 Breaststroke – 1:02.56
50 Freestyle – 23.90
Why Brown?: "I chose Brown because I believe the liberal education will help me further my knowledge on issues that are important to me, and the swim program seems like a great fit. Everyone has been nothing but friendly, open, and helpful ever since I met them, and I feel that they will all push me to achieve my goals."
Hometown: Royal Oak, Mich.
High School: Cranbrook Kingswood (Coaches Carly Sevald and Scott McHugh)
Club Team: Legacy Diving (Coaches Larry Albright and Carly Szpunar)
1M – 425.05 (11 dives), 253.55 (6 dives)
3M – 306.45 (10 dives)
Why Brown?: "I chose Brown because it offers a great balance between academics and athletics. I am very excited to be able to grow into such an inviting and talented team, while also benefiting from the challenging, yet open curriculum.
Hometown: Carmel, Ind.
High School: Carmel High School (Coaches Chris Plumb and Ian Murray)
Club Team: Carmel Swim Club (Coaches Chris Plumb and Ian Murray)
200 Freestyle – 1:51.08
500 Freestyle – 4:53.76
1650 Freestyle – 17:16.48
Why Brown?: "I chose brown for the academic rigor and the increasingly strong swimming program. From the moment that I walked on campus, there was a rich environment that allowed students to thrive in achieving their goals. Everyone was so kind and supportive of each other and I can't wait to be immersed in this culture this fall."
Hometown: Los Gatos, Calif.
High School: Los Gatos High School (Coach Kurt Kroesche)
Club Team: PEAK Swimming (Coach Abi Liu)
100 Butterfly – 54.57
200 Butterfly – 2:04.35
200 IM – 2:01.85
400 IM – 4:25.78
Why Brown?: "Brown truly has the perfect balance between stellar academics and strong athletics. I fell in love with Brown's open curriculum, friendly student atmosphere, and the swim and dive team's camaraderie. I cannot wait to be a part of this amazing team, and Brown's amazing student body!"
Hometown: Brighton, Mich.
High School: Brighton High School (Coach Jason Black)
Club Team: Club Wolverine (Coach Gunnar Schmidt)
50 Freestyle – 22.86
100 Freestyle – 49.45
200 Freestyle – 1:48.34
Why Brown?: "The swim and dive team was super welcoming and friendly and made me feel right at home on my visit. The campus is beautiful, and the school is the perfect size for me. I love the pool and all the buildings on campus. I felt like I would work well with the coaches and the girls on the team, and there seems to be a great atmosphere about them that I really liked. I also really liked the idea of an open curriculum, and you can't really ask for any better than an Ivy League education."
Hometown: North Hills, Calif.
High School: Sierra Canyon School (Coach Matt Biondi)
Club Team: Canyons Aquatic Club (Coach Kevin Nielsen)
100 Backstroke – 55.98
200 Backstroke – 2:03.58
100 Butterfly – 56.27
200 Butterfly – 2:04.64
200 IM – 2:04.64
400 IM – 4:29.80
Why Brown?: "My dream in high school was to be able to swim at the collegiate level at a school with a challenging academic environment, and Brown surpassed all that I had hoped for. I felt a welcoming presence from the coaches, staff, and faculty. I could even picture myself reading a book or relaxing in the main green and I knew then that if I had to find a home away from home, it would be at Brown. I'm incredibly thrilled for what's in store the next four years. Go Bruno!"
Hometown: Jupiter, Fla.
High School: The Pine School (Coaches Pat Toner and Laura McLeod)
Club Team: Jupiter Diving Club (Coach Derek Jones)
1M – 410.85 (11 dives), 230.0 (6 dives)
Why Brown?: "The first time I visited the campus the summer before my junior year, I knew immediately that I wanted to go to school there. I loved how Brown offers its students freedom to pursue their vast interests while insuring that they receive a well-rounded education. I also loved the non-competitive attitude on campus since it reminds me of my high school."
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Harvard Westlake School (Coach Jason Schwarz)
Club Team: Los Angeles Swim Club (Coach Jason Schwarz)
50 Freestyle – 23.88
100 Freestyle – 51.51
200 Freestyle – 1:51.82
100 Butterfly – 55.30
Why Brown?: "I was always especially drawn to Brown because I felt that the community and the types of people who went there really reflected my own personality and values. I wanted to go somewhere where people cared about making a difference in the world and were unafraid to be themselves, and pretty soon after stepping on campus I knew it was where I wanted to be for the next four years. I am beyond excited to be entering the Brown community!"
Class of 2021