May 22, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Head Coach Gregg Wilson is pleased to announce the signing of 13 new Gaucho men and 8 Gaucho women for next year's class of 2011. In February 2006 in his 31st season as UCSB head coach, coach Wilson won both the men's and women's Big West Swimming Championships. It was the 26th time Wilson took the championship plunge for the men, and12th time he has won the championship with the women. When asked about this year, Coach Wilson had this to say:
"This season was so much fun, between our athletes, our staff and recruiting, things just seemed to go right. This year we had an amazing group of freshmen come into our program who made such a positive impact. When recruits came on campus, I think they really felt there was something special happening on this team."
Wilson also added, "We just do not have the scholarships available that many of our competitors have, so what we lack in money we make up in hard work, dedication and commitment to one another. When we recruit, we tell the high school seniors that getting fast is important, but also becoming a part of the Gaucho family and learning how to carry their success as Gaucho on into their lives is just as important."
On the men's side the class of 2006-2007 if anything else, is big.
"The class is talented and driven; most of the guys are just on Senior National cuts. Getting 13 men to commit to next year's squad can be attributed to the success of this team's championship attitude and commitment to recruiting. Every one of our men takes an active role in recruiting and it truly paid off this year" states Coach Wilson.
Daniel McClary: Fallbrook, CA McClary was one of the first Gaucho signers this year. He also was the San Diego CIF Champion in the 100 fly and 200 IM. Danny's best events and times are: 49.66 and 1:50.65 in the 100 and 200 fly and 1:51.4 and 4:04.5 in the 200 and 400 IM. McClary swims for Scott Lawson of San Diego Imperial Aquatics.
"Danny is big and naturally a strong kid who is psyched about his future as a Gaucho. I am so excited that Danny chose UCSB because I truly feel he is going to be a great swimmer," said Wilson.
Scott Vogelgesang: San Ramon, CA. Scott is a middle distance freestyler who also happens to be a product of Rich Thornton of San Ramon Livermore Aquatics and the NCS Champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle. His best times are: 21.8, 47.1, 1:42.6 and 4:33 in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. Coach Wilson on Vogelgesang:
"You know Scott has spent the last few years working on his aerobic base so when he gets to Santa Barbara and starts lifting heavy and working on his short course events, we think Scott will feel like he is on taper all the time and he will be a guy that swims fast for us when we need him too."
Chris Fulton: Snohomish, WA. Chris is a true sprinter from Snohomish Aquatics. His best times are: 21.4 and 46.89 in the 50 and 100 free and Chris was another one of the Gauchos initial fall commitments.
"Chris is just scratching the surface as to how fast he can go. He is naturally strong and does not lift weights as of yet, so when our strength coach Alison Parakh gets a hold of Chris we really feel that he get stronger and become a significant player at our conference and on our relays," said Wilson.
Travis Jepson: Campbell, CA. Travis recently switched teams and now trains with Santa Clara Swim Club under Coach Dave Meck. His best times are 59.5 and 2:14 in the 50 and 100 breaststroke.
"Travis has a lot to learn because he is new to the sport. We think that training with Santa Clara has opened his eyes as to what swimming is about. We feel like Travis is on the verge of making huge drops, and college swimming is all about who can keep getting faster," said coach Higashijima.
Jon Kraetsch: Bakersfield, CA. Jon is butterflier who swims for Keith Moore of Bakersfield Aquatics. His best times are 51.7 and 1:52 in the 50 and 100 fly and his freestyle bests are 47.1 and 1:43.9 in the 50 and 100.
"Jon's father was a high school swimmer for Coach Wilson and now Jon jr. has decided to carry on the torch. Jon is an extremely hard worker and willing to do what ever it takes to get better. I can only see him getting faster in college with serious weight training and I think John will be the commensurate team player," said Wilson.
Jonathon Garvey: Chandler, AZ. John a Sun Devil Aquatic swimmer who swims for Greg Winslow. John is a breaststroker and IM swimmer with best times of: 2:09.3, 58.9 in the 200 and 100 breast and 4:05.9 and 1:56.0 in the 200 and 400 IM. Coach Kipp had this to say:
"John has made huge drops this year after making a serious commitment to training. When we first talked to John we really did not know much about him, but he showed the coaches that he has what it takes to be a good swimmer and now I think John is ready to move to the next level of swimming and naturally we are pumped that he will be doing so as a Gaucho."
Nicholas Buonfiglio: Campbell, CA. Nick swims for Pete Raykovich of DACA and has been improving every year during high school. His best times are: 50.9 and 1:53.4 in the 50 and 100 fly and 1:53.38 in the 200 IM. Wilson on Buonfiglio,
"Nick is a deceptively fast and powerful swimmer because when you talk to him he is a very relaxed and cool character, but when he races, he really has this power to his swims that you don't know is there. We are excited that Nick will be training with us. Pete is a great coach and his swimmers add a tremendous depth to any training atmosphere."
Daniel Nyaradi: Bend, OR. Dan swims for Mark Bennett of Bend Aquatics. Nyaradi is a truly versatile swimmer as his best times and events are: 4:46, 9:29.7 and 16:05.4 in the 500, 1000 and mile freestyle events; 57.88 and 2:05.6 in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and 4:02.14 in the 400 IM. Wilson has this to say about Dan,
"Perhaps the biggest issue with Dan will be what races he should compete. His coach, Mark, and I agree that while his breaststrokes are good, his distance freestyles and 400 IM are yet to be fully realized. We are going to train him hard and put him in the weight room to really strengthen his legs and I think at the end of the year Dan is going to be really fast in about 5 or 6 events. This was a recruiting steal for the Gauchos."
Joseph Plume: Hillsborough, CA. Joe swims for Tony Batis of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics and has made significant drops in time in the last few years. His best times and events are: 1:41.1 in the 200 free; 53.16 and 1:52.4 in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 1:56.91 in the 200 IM.
"Joe is a big and strong kid who needs a little refinement. He is tough because his coach, Tony Batis, instills a high level of commitment and fortitude in his kids. I think that when Joe works on some of the smaller things in addition to training hard, we will see him take off in short course," said Wilson.
Brett Chamberlain: Trabuco Canyon, CA. Brett is a distance swimmer out of Mission Viejo and swims for Bill Rose. Brett's best times are: 1:43.2, 4:33.9 9:23.9 and 15:58 in the 200, 500, 1000 and mile freestyle events. Wilson about Chamberlain,
"Any time we get a Mission Viejo distance swimmer we are always excited. Mission swimmers are dedicated and well schooled in training and competing, and Brett is no exception to this rule. I am so excited to have Brett come in and start training with an outstanding distance group that we have. The guys loved him on his recruiting trip because he is a great kid and when you look at his time drops, you can only smile and think of what is to come."
Matt Sullivan: Huntington Beach, CA. Matt is the California State JC champ in the 50 and 100 freestyle for Golden West CC and Coach Danny Johnson. His best times are: 20.39 (19.5 on a relay split) in the 50 and 44.72 in the 100 free and 52.4 in the 100 backstroke.
"Sullivan is a stud" said Kipp. "We have been recruiting Matt for essentially three years. We tried to get him out of high school, but he was not quite ready for UCSB, so he went to Golden West and we promised him that we would still be here when he got done with his AA. Fortunately, he remembered us and still wanted to be a Gaucho and now we have one of the best sprint recruits in the country. We are pumped to have `Sulli' as a Gaucho."
Ben Vail: Ojai, CA. Ben is a sprinter out of Ventura Community College and swims for Larry Barrett. His best times are: 20.8, 46.6 and 1:42.6 in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events.
"What a lot of people did not realize about Ben," Kipp said, "is that he is only been swimming for four years; two years in high school only and two for Larry at Ventura JC. Ben is a naturally strong kid who is now dedicated to the sport of swimming and has an incredible physique and when he gets another year of training and competing under his belt, I feel that he will really dive into the elite level of swimming."
Chris Wiggin: Centennial, CO. Chris swims for Jorge Fernandez of the Greenwood Tiger Sharks. Chris's best times and events are: 49.68 and 1:50.25 in the 100 and 200 butterfly events and he has also been 1:59.8 in the 200 IM.
"Chris is an extremely gifted butterflyer and I think that with all of the other flyers coming in to our program, that Chris will push his teammates to the next level. We also beat out a few other very good swimming programs so Chris's commitment and it was a significant sign that the Gaucho Men are doing something meaningful," said Wilson. "Probably the biggest challenge for Chris will be finding a third event on which he can focus and excel," Wilson added