May 7, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- After signing six prep swimmers and divers to a National Letter-of-Intent during the fall signing period, East Carolina head coach Rick Kobe announced Wednesday that 10 prep student-athletes, five men and five women, will be joining the Pirate program in the fall of 2008.
The five men include: Miles Maximini of Hopewell, Va.; Chris Murphy of Chesapeake, Va.; Douglas Parker of Greenville, N.C.; Travis Stauder of Forest, Va.; and Ailton Temotio of Fortaleza, Brazil.
The women coming to ECU in the fall are Jessica Brinkley of New Bern, N.C.; Meghan Coyne of Newburgh, N.Y.; Kristen Giese of Columbia, S.C.; Anna Wayne of Wilmington, N.C.; and Katie Yamamoto of Paris, Ontario.
"We are very excited about the future of Pirate swimming and diving with this incredible group that will be joining us in the fall," said Kobe. "This is a very talented and fast group of swimmers. They each have some very notable credentials and we expect each of them to have outstanding careers at ECU."
Following are mini biographies on the newest members of the swimming and diving program.
Hometown: Hopewell, Va.
Club: Posiedon Swim Club
Coach: Ted Sallade
Highlights: Junior National Qualifier in backstroke events
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
Club: Dive Tidewater
Coach: Chad Triolet
Highlights: High school, regional and district record holder, state finalist
Hometown: Greenville, N.C.
Club: Greenville Swim Club
Coach: Casey Charles
Events High School Regional Qualifier, Sectional Qualifier in breaststroke
Hometown: Forest, Va.
Club: Lynchburg YMCA
Coach: TJ Liston
Highlights: YMCA National Finalist in breaststroke (3rd in 200) & IM
Hometown: Fortaleza Brazil
Club: McMinnville Swim Club
Coach: Kyle Kimball & Murilo Martins
Highlights: Junior National Qualifier sprint free and butterfly
Hometown: New Bern, N.C.
Club: New Bern YMCA
Coach: Steve Hopkinson
Highlights: YMCA National Qualifier in breaststroke
Other: Younger sister of ECU senior Jared Brinkley and former Pirate swimmer Justin Brinkley
Hometown: Newburgh, N.Y.
Club: Valley Central High School
Highlights: National Qualifier & All American Diver
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Club: Carolina Aquatics
Coach: Wes Sinclair
Highlights: Sectional Qualifier freestyle and IM
Hometown: Wilmington, N.C.
Club: Cape Fear Aquatics
Coach: David Sokolofsky
Highlights: Four-time 4A Mid- Eastern Conference MVP, three-time high school MVP, YMCA National Qualifier
Hometown: Paris, Ontario
Club: Etobicoke Dive Club
Coach: Misha Kordyukov
Highlights: Atlantic Canada Senior Champion, Atlantic Canada Junior Champion, Canadian Junior and Senior National Finalist, Ontario Champion