The Coast Guard women's swim team and head coach John Westkott in his 14th season, have added some talented freshmen that will blend with solid returners for the 2012-13 season.
Seniors Terri Jozsa and Erin Talbot will serve as captains for the Bears, who were 5-8 overall last year and placed fourth at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships.
Jozsa was a consolation finalist in the 100 and 200 breast stroke at the NEWMAC Championships while Talbot, who was on exchange at Air Force in the Fall of 2011, is part of the school-record holding team in the 200 medley relay.
Senior Elizabeth Kenis adds versatility to the team as she will compete in the butterfly, IM and backstroke events.
Junior Chantel Ferguson is the Bears top returning swimmer, she holds four school records (100 and 200 butterfly, 200 and 400 IM) and was the Coast Guard Female Winter Sports Athlete of the Year. Ferguson placed second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:37.60 and broke the school record in the 200 IM with a time a time of 2:09.27 to place third at the NEWMAC Championships last season. She also broke the school record with a time an NCAA B time of 4:36.37 in the preliminaries of the 400 IM.
Sophomore Sara Cantrell is the Bears top diver. She shattered both 11 dive school-records posting a one-meter score of 381.35, and a three meter score of 402.05 at the NEWMAC Championships last year. Junior Cathy Durand, who is on exchange at Army during the first semester, will add depth in the diving events when she returns for the second semester.
Sophomores Caitlyn Gever (Back/Free), Darlene Sao (Free/IM/Breast) and Carloyn Slife (Back) will all be counted on to contribute for the Bears this season.
The Bears have good depth in the freshmen class led by Hayley McWilliams and Ashley Ezell.
McWilliams is an immediate impact athlete and should serve as a front line distance swimmer for the team. Haley is close to Division III qualifying times in the 1650 free and she shows versatility with being able to swim butterfly and occasionally the 200 breaststroke.
Ezell is a high end athlete, who is currently faster than two school records and should make an immediate impact
Patricia Eidenire and Carly Campbell are also a pair of freshmen that are expected to make immediate contributions.
Eidenire will be a huge impact as a sprint freestyler, who has improved dramatically in her past two years as a high school swimmer. She should be able to step in and contribute on sprint relays and individually at the conference meet.
Campbell is a prep school addition who adds to a very deep butterfly core, and appears to have a big upside. The deep butterfly group allows a great deal of flexibility in regular season line ups with the returning swimmers.
"We are looking forward to the season with a group of very strong returners which will be bolstered by a very good freshman class," said Westkott.