ECU Head Coach Rick Kobe
Dec. 4, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina men and women's swimming and diving programs inked seven high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Bridie Burke (Washington, D.C.), Julie Lajoie (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Vendela Norman (Tyreso, Sweden) and Erin Polich (High Point, N.C.) will join the women's squad next season, while Eyan Eagle (Grenville N.C.), Scott Kent (Knightdale, N.C.) and Matt Mullen (Harrisburg, Pa.) will be added to the men's team.
"This fall we focused on signing kids who could help us right away in our championship efforts," Pirate head coach Rick Kobe said. "We feel each of these athletes will have an immediate impact on our scoring roster as we head into the American Athletic Conference next season."
Burke is a member of the Nation's Capital Swim Club in Washington, D.C. She was listed as the top recruit in D.C. by collegeswimming.com with times in four events that would rank among ECU's all-time top 10 times.
Lajoie swims for the Aquabears Swim Club of Windsor, Conn., under coach Jon Levine. Ranked as top-5 recruit from Massachusetts, her current times would place her among the top-5 all-time in four events at ECU. A middle distance swimmer, she competes in the 200 back, 200 fly, 500 free and 400 IM.
Polich is a sprinter for coach Mike Brady at TYDE in High Point. Tabbed as a top-10 prospect from North Carolina, she competes in the 50 and 100 free as well as the 100 back. Her top time in each event would rank among the Pirates' all-time top-10 times.
Norman is the lone international signee in the class. A breaststroke swimmer, Norman is a member of the Swedish Junior National team coached by Mattias Janvald. Her top times in the 100 and 200 breast would rank among the school's all-time 10-best.
Eagle is a second generation Pirate. His father, Scott, was a diver at ECU and his mother, Lisa, was a swimmer. A member of the East Carolina Aquatics Club, Eagle is a freestyle sprinter whose times would be fast enough to rank him among the school's career top-10 in two events.
As a member of Duke Aquatics coached by Nunzio Esposito, Kent is a multi-event AAU National Qualifier. Mullen is also a multi-National Qualifier as well as a multiple Pennsylvania High School Championship medalist.