Nine Prep Athletes To Join ECU In The Fall



May 20, 2010

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina head coach Rick Kobe announced that nine high school standouts will join the Pirate swimming and diving program in the fall. The group includes five swimmers and four divers.

"We're very excited about our incoming class," Kobe said. "It's one of the most talented groups we're ever brought in. The great tradition of East Carolina swimming and diving looks to be in good hands."

A trio of divers will join the ladies team in the fall: Taylor Edwards (Mason, Ohio), Colleen Jones (Middletown, Md.) and Ashley Rhoden (Elmsford, N.Y.). Edwards earned All-America honors both athletically and academically and was an AAU National Finalist. The Frederick News Post named Jones 2010 Diver-of-the-Year, while Rhoden was a multi-year letterwinner.

Butterfly swimmers Meaghan Rauscher (Evans, Ga.) and Becky Simon (Maudlin, S.C.) will also be joining the program next season. Rauscher was a Junior and Senior National Qualifier, while Simon was a YMCA National Qualifier.

The men's team will welcome three swimmers and one diver into its group in the fall: Alec Francis (Gilbertville, Pa.), Andrew Galvagni (Prospect, Ky.), Michael Hughes (Nokesville, Va.) and Conor Yarbrough (Austin, Texas).

Francis, brother of ECU swimmer Kylie Francis, was a YMCA National Finalist as a backstroke swimmer and also earned all-state honors.

Hughes and Yarbrough were both Junior National qualifiers as freestyle swimmers. Hughes was a three-time state champion in Virginia, while Yarbrough picked up All-America honors as a relay team member.

Galvagni, the lone diver in the group, was a three-time high school All-America performer and four-time all-state selection.

The Pirates received four commitments from prep student-athletes during the fall to bring their incoming class of 2011 to a total of 13.