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SWIM announces 2016-17 recruiting class
WATERLOO, Ont. (July 19, 2016) - Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks swimming head coach HANS WITOLLA has officially announced his recruiting class for the 2016-17 season, which features nine women and seven men from across Ontario.

Jasmine Raines headlines the group as she committed to her hometown university. A native of Waterloo, Ont., Raines is one of the top breast stroke prospects in Ontario, has qualified at Olympic Trials, and earned multiple medals at the Eastern Canadian Championships and Ontario Provincial Championships. She is enrolled in the Health Sciences for the fall.

Joining Raines in the ranks as breaststroke specialists are Jocelyn Chassie (Kirkland Lake, Ont.), Alexa Grant (Thunder Bay, Ont.), Nathalie Stackhouse (London, Ont.), Madeleine Jeffrey (Oakville, Ont.), and Ainsley Deeth (Toronto, Ont.). Chassie and Grant will also compete in sprint events for the purple and gold, while Deeth will pair her breaststroke specialty with freestyle events.

Members of the recruiting class specializing in backstroke and freestyle events are Jessica Stoyan (Mississauga, Ont.) and Jennifer Rayner (Guelph, Ont.). The only women's swim recruit specializing in butterfly events is Caitlin Power (Barrie, Ont.).

For the men, Jacob Gardner joins the Golden Hawk men's swim team from Kingston, Ont., and specializes in sprint freestyle. In fact, Gardner recently qualified for the Senior Nationals in the 100 metre freestyle event.

Joining Gardner in the sprint freestyle is Cole Ellis Hale (Waterloo, Ont.), who also competes in middle distance freestyle, alongside Emrys Halbertsma (Collingwood, Ont.).

Ryan Tong (Markham, Ont.), Robert Clarke (Nepean, Ont.), and Clement Law join the Golden Hawk ranks as breaststroke specialists. Law also adds backstroke to his events specialization while Jacob Eby (Kingston, Ont.) is the sole men's recruit to list butterfly as his best event.

Laurier's swim team will kick off their official 2016-17 schedule with the OUA Sprint Invitational, hosted by the Guelph Gryphons, on Saturday, October 15.
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