Coach Rick Kobe
May 28, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's swimming program received written commitments from six talented high school athletes during the 2014 spring signing period, announced head coach Rick Kobe Wednesday. The newest group of future Pirates features Taylor Berkley, Boleck DePawlikowski, Jake Minasi, Drew Queen, Zach Webb and Tyler Zieg. These additions bring the Pirates' incoming class of 2014 to a total of nine as they join Eyan Eagle, Scott Kent and Matt Mullen whom all signed during the fall.
"We are very excited about the recruiting class we have signed," Kobe said. "My staff and I are looking forward to working with these young men and incorporating them into our current roster. We feel very good about the future of our program."
A native of Goshen, Ind., Berkley is the lone diver amongst this group of signees. A two-time conference champion and state championship finalist, he currently attends Northridge High School and is a member of Indiana International School of Diving.
DePawlikowski comes to ECU as a three-time Florida high school state champion from Miami. A top 30 recruit from the state according to collegeswimming.com, he captured the 2013 3A 100 back title, helping Belen Jesuit win its second consecutive state team championship.
Minasi is a six-time high school state champion from Bluffton, S.C., where he attends Bluffton High School and is a member of the Bluffton Fins. As a senior he claimed individual state titles in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly after winning a combined three individual championships the previous two seasons. Tabbed as the seventh-best prospect from the Palmetto State, Minasi was a seven-time all-state performer.
Queen is another top 30 prospect from his state, ranked 24th by collegeswimming.com in North Carolina. He is enrolled at the Lake Norman Charter School and is part of Nomad Aquatics.
Zieg is also ranked as the No. 23 prospect from his state. A native of Greensboro, he attended Grimsley High School and was a member of the Greensboro Swimming Association. He was an All-Metro 4A Conference swimmer and helped Grimsley capture the 2014 league championship as part of the first-place 200-yard medley relay team.