Dec. 10, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UCSB men's swimming team have signed three outstanding young swimmers to join their program. Head Coach Gregg Wilson speaks highly of the new recruits, "all three of these men will add depth to our program. Not only will they help us in our point total in next year's conference, but all three of these men have strong character, an incredible work ethic and high academic marks." The three men signees are:
Daniel McClary of Fallbrook, California, who currently swims for Scott Lawson. He is six feet one inch and swims the IM and fly events; His best times are: 1:54.20 in the 200-yard IM, 4:04.48 in the 400-yard IM, 50.79 in the 100-yard butterfly and 1:54.33 in the 200-yard butterfly. Assistant Coach Kipp stated "McClary's potential is unlimited, he is big, naturally strong and competitive by nature which will help push our athletes in the IM and Butterfly events, I think he will step into a marquee role in a few years."
Joe Plume from Hillsborough, California will also be joining the program. Plume swims for Stanford-Palo Alto Swim Team coached by Tony Batis. Plume excels in freestyle, backstroke and IM, 1:42.42 in the 200-yard freestyle, 53.36 in the 100-yard backstroke, 1:52.42 in the 200-yard backstroke and 1:56.90 in the 200-yard IM. Plume has made great improvements in the last couple of years. Gregg had this to say, "Joe will be somewhat of a "no name" coming into our program, but after his first few meets, I think people will realize how much of a sleeper this kid really is. In addition, his coach Tony Batis trains his kids to be tough so anything we throw at him in workout he will eat up."
Scott Vogelgesang of San Ramon, California, who is the youngest in a swimming family that until now had produced mostly Cal Bears, currently swims for Richard Thornton of San Ramon Aquatics. Vogelgesang has shown great potential and possesses not only superb athletic skills, but academic and leadership skills as well. He is a freestyle swimmer, 21.81 in the 50-yard, 47.12 in the 100-yard and 1:43.35 in the 200-yard. Coach Higashijima thinks, "looking at Scott, he is tall and lanky, and you know he trains now as a mid-distance swimmer, but we can't wait to see what he looks like in a few years after serious weight training because we think he could be very fast from the 50 up to the 500. It will be great to have a sprinter who thinks like a distance swimmer."