NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale women's swimming and diving team's 2014 recruiting class is the 17th best in the nation, according to Collegeswimming.com.
The website used its extensive rankings of swimming recruits to evaluate incoming classes in NCAA Division I. Teams were awarded five points for each five-star recruit (ranked in the top 50), four points for each four-star recruit (51-100), and so on through the top 250 swimmers.
The Bulldogs brought in five swimmers in Collegeswimming.com's top 250. Paulina Kaminski and Heidi VanderWel were both deemed four-star recruits, Cailley Silbert and Amy Zhao both earned two stars, and Danielle Liu earned one.
Yale's incoming class was awarded the same number of points as Ivy League rival Harvard's, ranked 18th. The Bulldogs were ranked just one place behind Arizona, which won the NCAA Championship in 2008.
Head coach Jim Henry, Head Diving Coach Chris Bergère, and assistant coach Dani Korman believe that all of the new freshmen will have an immediate impact on the team, and that they will thrive at Yale beyond the pool.
"The momentum of the program continues to improve with the addition of the Yale Women's Swimming and Diving Class of 2018," said Henry.
"This group of outstanding women will add to Yale University and the program in numerous ways. In getting to know them over the last year it is clear to our coaches that their strong personal character will be a great asset to the Yale community. This class has a passion for learning and exploration that will allow them to thrive academically and athletically during their careers here at Yale and beyond. This group's pioneering spirit is ready to contribute to our team and take it to heights it hasn't been to since 1997. Chris Bergère, Dani Korman, and I are thrilled to welcome them the Yale Swimming & Diving family."
While the coaches are pleased with the ability that the members of the Class of 2018 already bring to the table, they see even greater achievements ahead of them.
"We are happy with where these talented student-athletes are now, but we are even more excited by their immense potential," Henry said.
Ten new swimmers and one new diver will join the Bulldogs this fall.
-Report by Josh Mandell '16