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Notre Dame Swimming And Diving Pens 19 To The Class Of 2023

NOTRE DAME, Ind. —The University of Notre Dame swimming and diving team welcomes 19 new members to the class of 2023. Following National Signing Day (November 14), 16 swimmers and three divers have committed to continue their education and their athletics career as members of the Fighting Irish. They hail from across the country, spanning from California to Massachusetts, representing 16 different states as they come together in Northern Indiana for the next four years. 
The 2019-20 freshman class will feature 13 men and six women, including David DeBacker, William Rains and Samantha Gillis who will dive for the team.
The men’s swim roster will welcome William Barao, Nick Chase, Alec Delong, Jack Fitzpatrick, Jack Hoagland, Liam Hutchinson, Charles Korndorffer, Topher Stensby, Luke Thornbrue, Nicholas Torres and Cason Wilburn. 
“I am extremely pleased with the quality and depth of our Men’s Recruiting Class,” head coach Mike Litzinger said. “Our staff worked incredibly hard with this class, and I am proud of the results. This class will have an immediate impact in direction of Notre Dame Men’s Swimming and Diving. This group will make its presence known quickly”
The women’s team will include Sarah Boyle, Elizabeth Fry, Coleen Gillilan, Madison Potter and Sydney Winters.
“The Women in our Fall Signing Class have it all,” he added. “They are very talented, nationally recognized, and academically astute. Without a doubt, this group will continue to push Notre Dame Women’s Swimming and Diving forward, and up into the elite of the NCAA.”
The complete group is highlighted by seven USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans and five USA Swimming Junior National Finalists. Coleen Gillilan was crowned the 2018 USA Swimming Junior National Champion in the 100 fly, recording a career-best long course time of 59.01. On the men’s side, Charles Korndorffer was the 50 meter back national champion.
Coleen Gillilan                                                        Events: IM, Fly Breast
Fossil Ridge High School                                         Honors: 2018 USA Swimming Jr. National Team Member
Ft. Collins, CO                                                                       2018 USA Swimming Junior National Champion-100Fly
Club: Ft. Collins Area Swim Team                                        National Age Group Record Holder 200 & 400 Medley Relay
Coach: Mike Novell                                                               #4 Ranked Recruit Class of 2019
Parents: Kelly and Chi-Yen Gillilan                                       3 Time Colorado State HS Champion 100 Fly
Major: Pre-Professional Science                             Best Times: 200 IM: 1:56.25; 100 Fly: 52.00; 200 Fly: 1:56.25; 
                                                                                                    100 Breast: 59.59; 200 Breast: 2:09.77
“Coleen is one of the premier swimmers in the Class of 2019. She is versatile, has speed in all four disciplines, and will be a huge factor in our relays. She comes in with an NCAA ready resume, helping us continue our rise in the ACC, and nationally. Coleen fell in love with Notre Dame from the very beginning of the process, and we are looking forward to her time her under the Dome!” – Mike Litzinger
Elizabeth Fry                                                             Events:  Breast, Fly, IM
St. Paul’s School For Girls                                         Honors: 6 Time Maryland State HS Champion 200 IM, 100 Fly, 100 Breast
Towson, MD                                                                            USA Swimming Junior National Qualifier
Club: Eagle Swim Team                                            Best Times: 100 Breast: 1:01.96; 200 Breast: 2:16.58; 100 Fly: 54.91;
Coach: Scott Ward                                                                  200 IM: 2:02.68
Parents: Robert and Sarah Fry
Major: Undecided
“We are excited about Elizabeth’s commitment to Notre Dame. She comes from a very solid club background, and is rapidly improving. She has great strength, and can help our team in multiple events. I am looking forward to coaching Elizabeth, and exploring her potential as a great athlete for us.” – Mike Litzinger
Madison Potter                                                                        Events: Fly, IM
Blake School                                                                             Honors: 2 Time Minnesota State Class A Champion 200 IM & 100 Fly
Minneapolis, MN                                                                       Best Times: 100 Fly: 53.93; 200 Fly: 2:00.50; 200 IM: 2:03.73
Club: Aquajets Swim Team
Coach: Kate Lundsten
Parents: Rob and Jenny Potter
Major: Undecided 
“I am truly excited about Maddy’s commitment to Notre Dame. She comes from a great club background, she is a fantastic athlete, and her best swimming is ahead of her. She will be a great addition to this class, and someone who will continue to grow with our program.” – Mike Litzinger
Sydney Winters                                                                        Events: Free, Fly, Breast, IM
Feeding Hills, MA                                                                      Honors: 4 Time High School All American, 4 Time NEPSAC State Champion       
Suffield Academy                                                                                   USA Swimming Scholastic All American, US Open Qualifier
Coach: Andy Lowe                                                                    Best Times: 50 Free: 23.60; 100 Free: 50.62; 200 IM: 2:01.50; 100 Fly: 54.52
Parents: John and Adelia Winters                
Major: Finance   
“Sydney fell in love with our program from the get go. She is tremendously versatile and will help us in any event we decide to swim her in. She is getting faster with each major competition she swims in, and I am looking forward to seeing her progress. Sydney will be a factor at Notre Dame throughout her years with us.” – Mike Litzinger
Sarah Boyle                                                                Events: Fly, Back
Centreville, VA                                                             Honors: NCSA Junior National Finalist 50,100 Fly & 50, 100 Back
Westfield High School                                                               USA Swimming Leadership Delegate
Club: Machine Aquatics                                                             4 Time Westfield HS Record Holder
Coach: Dan Jacobs                                                                   2018 Washington Post All-Met Team(HM)
Parents: Brian and Christy Boyle                                Best Times: 100 Back: 55.90; 100 Fly: 55.50; 200 Fly: 2:01.74
Major: Business
“Sarah will be a 3rdgeneration Notre Dame “Domer.” She understands the importance of legacy, and athletic excellence here and that will carry her a long way. I like the way she moves through the water and am excited to have her work with a group that is traditionally strong in her events. I am excited about Sarah’s potential and look forward to her arrival.” – Mike Litzinger
 Samantha Gillis                                                      Events: Diving
City/State: Greensboro, NC 
School: Northwest Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC 
Club: Ultimate Air Diving, NC 
Parents: Mark and Eileen Gillis 
“Samantha is a very talent athlete but has not fully developed into her fullest potential. I think after one or two-year years training at the collegiate level she will be a good competitor at the conference and NCAA level. Samantha is passionate about Notre Dame and ready for the hard work to maximize her personal potential. Samantha joins Notre Dame’s diving team and will give us a fresh power. Notre Dame is Samantha’s top university and feels Notre Dame is great fits her academic and athletic needs.” – Caiming Xie                           

Will Barao                                                                   Events: Freestyle
Hingham, MA                                                               Honors: USA Youth Olympic Team Member Buenos Aires 2018, Ranked #13 in the class of 2019 
Hingham High School                                                           
Club: Bluefish Swim Club                                            Best Times: 200 Free: 1:37.84; 500 Free: 4:24.67; 1000 Free: 9:02.22;
Coach: Chuck Batchelor                                                                 1650 Free: 15:41.55
Parents: Tome and Amy Barao
Major: Finance
“Will is a Notre Dame Man through and through. He is focused on excellence in the classroom and in the pool, and will continue adding quality to an already impressive Distance/Mid-Distance Free Group. I would like to welcome Will, his mom Amy and brother Declan to ours at Notre Dame.”  – Mike Litzinger
Luke Thornbrue                                                                        Events: Freestyle
Hillsboro, OR                                                                              Honors: 2018 USA Swimming National Open Water Select Camp
Century High School                                                                                2018 USA Swimming Junior National Finalist
Club: Hillsboro HEAT                                                                               Oregon State High School Champion 200 & 500 Free
Coach: James Resare                                                               Best Times: 100 Free: 45.35; 200 Free: 1:37.47; 500 Free: 4:24.95;
Parents: Matthew and Penny Thornbrue                                                       1000 Free: 9:06.92; 1650 Free: 15:11.07          
Major: Undecided
“I am absolutely thrilled to have Luke join us. He, His family and our staff hit it off right away during the recruiting process. He is another amazing talent that we are adding to our group, and he will certainly help take our Freestyle events to another level. While Luke’s light heartedness will keep things loose in practice, I know there is a fierce competitor within him, and that will translate into big thing within the ACC/NCAA.”  – Mike Litzinger
Cason Wilburn                                                                          Events: Free, Fly
Virginia Beach, VA                                                                      Honors: 3 Time Virginia Swimmer of the Year, 4 Time VA State 
First Colonial High School                                                                        Champion 50 & 100 Free, Holds every swimming record 
Club: East Coast Aquatic Team                                                                at First Colonial HS, 2018 Black Heritage/History High  
Coach: Eric Landon & Steve Cassell                                                        Point Winner, National Honor Society
Parents: Keenan and Cassondre Wilburn                                  Best Times: 50 Free: 20.42; 100 Free: 44.22; 200 Free: 1:37.22;
Major: Environmental Engineering                                                                    100 Fly: 48.19
“Cason is an amazing young man, he has the total package and we are fortunate to have him committed to Notre Dame. He is a talented athlete, #1 in his class, and an incredible musician. His range of events is from the 50 to the 500, from the 100 Fly to the 400 IM, which in this day and age is impressive. Cason’s support from home, and the fundamentals laid down by his coaches will serve him very well at Notre Dame.”  – Mike Litzinger
Christopher “Topher” Stensby                                                Events: Freestyle
Lincolnshire, IL                                                                            Honors: 3 Time Illinois State HS Champion, USA Swimming Jr Adelai Stevenson                                                          
Club: Patriot Aquatic Club                                                                        High School, National Finalist, NISCA All-American
Coach: Kevin Zakrzewski                                                                        Scholastic All-American, USA Swimming National Select Camp
Parents: Scott and Tami Stensby.                                               Best Times: 50 Free: 20.00; 100 Free: 44.10; 200 Free: 1:40.98
Major: Business
“Topher brings size and major speed to our program. Nationally he is among the fastest prospects in the class of 2019, and will be a factor both individually and on relays for Notre Dame. Topher and his family recognize the unique opportunity Notre Dame affords, and where we are headed in the swimming world. It will be fantastic to be working with him and this young freestyle group moving forward.”  – Mike Litzinger
Jack Hoagland                                                                                         Event: Freestyle, IM
Albuquerque, NM                                                                                      Honors: 2 Time USA Swimming Scholastic All American, 
La Cueva High School                                                                                            NISCA All American, New Mexico State HS Champion
Club: Charger Aquatics                                                                                           USA Swimming Junior National Finalist
Coach: Tom Cyprus                                                                                   Best Times: 200 Free: 1:36.87; 500 Free: 4:23.19; 1000 Free 9:11.34
Parents: Dan and Gena Hoagland                                                                                
Major: Business/Engineering
“We are thrilled that Jack will be joining us at Notre Dame. He has great skills and will be included in this group of freestylers that will make a huge impact within the ACC. He is very tall, and can move around to the IM’s as well. Jack and his family took to Notre Dame right away, and there is no doubt that he will find success here.”  – Mike Litzinger
Liam Hutchinson                                                                                        Event: Freestyle
Glen Ellyn, IL                                                                                                Honors: NCSA Champion 400M Freestyle, Illinois State Record Holder, 
Fenwick High School                                                                                                 5-time Illinois State Champion
Club: Wheaton Swim Club                                                                           Best Times: 100 Free: 45.81; 200 Free: 1:38.99; 500 Free: 4:26.56
Coach: Bob Strube                                                                                                          
Parents: Ian and Tina Hutchinson
Major: Business
“Liam is another fantastic freestyler that we have added to this class. Even though he has won a Junior National Championship, his potential is yet to be realized. Liam is a fantastic student, and his family background fits Notre Dame perfectly. I am excited about Liam’s future in our program, and his ability to excel as student athlete at Notre Dame.”  – Mike Litzinger
Jack Fitzpatrick                                                                                             Events: IM, Back Free
Pittsburgh, PA                                                                                                 Honors: 2 Time Pennsylvania AA State Finalist, 2018 Speedo Upper St. Clair
Club: Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics                                                                                    High School Sectional Champion 400 IM, 100 Back,
Coach: John Nemeth                                                                                                  NISCA All-American
Parents: Tom and Casey Fitzpatrick                                                               Best Times: 100 Back: 48.81; 200 Back: 1:47.84; 200 IM: 1:50.00; 400 IM: 3:55.70
Major: Prep-Professional Medicine
“Having Jack join us at Notre Dame will be exciting. He has great size, four good strokes, and will fit into our IM/Stroke group very well. Jack is just beginning to hit his stride in the sport, and is poised for a fantastic Senior season. I believe he will be very competitive not only in the ACC, but nationally as well.”  – Mike Litzinger
Nick Torres                                                                                   Events: Free, Back, IM
Eastchester, NY                                                                             Honors: USA Swimming Jr National Finalist, USA Swimming Academic All-Fordham-Prep-
Club: Badger Swim Club                                                                              American, 2-time National Age Group Record Holder, National Honor Society
Coach: John Collins                                                                       Best Times: 200 Free: 1:39.82; 100 Back: 50.21; 200 Back 1:49.44;
Parents: Randy and Rosann Torres                                                                  200 IM: 1:49.27
Major: Undecided                                                                                            
“Nick is a great get for us. He swims around the board, and will only continue to get better. Coming from Badger Swim Club, he knows how to work hard, and work the right way. As a Notre Dame legacy, he values our culture and what the future will hold. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Nick.”  – Mike Litzinger
Nick Chase                                                                                    Events: Back, Free
Waukee, IA                                                                                     Honors: Iowa State HS Champions 100 Back, USA Swimming Academic Dowling
Club: Des Moines Swimming Federation                                                    High School All-American, NISCA High School All-American
Coach: Greg Temple                                                                      Best Times: 200 Free: 1:41.00; 100 Back: 49.48
Parents: Jon and Loralee Chase
Major: Business
“Nick is a quickly improving athlete, with good size, and speed. I am impressed with his work ethic, and desire to excel at the next level. Coming from a storied swimming program, and ready to tackle college head on, I feel Nick will ge a great addition to our team at Notre Dame.”  – Mike Litzinger
Alec DeLong                                                                               Events: Free
Carmel, IN                                                                                    Honors: Indiana State High School Finalist 200 Free, USA Swim Scholastic All-American
Carmel High School                                                                                 
Club: Carmel Swim Club                                                              Best Times:  100 Free: 46.61; 200 Free: 1:40.89; 500 Free: 4:41.18
Coach: Chris Pumb
Parents: Tim and Mindy Delong
“I am very pleased that Alec has chosen the University of Notre Dame. It is a great fit for him both in the pool and the classroom. Coming from Coach Plumb’s program he is familiar with success, and will continue that trend here with us. Alec’s best swimming is in the future, and we welcome him to our pool deck.”  – Mike Litzinger
Charles Korndorffer                                                                       Events: Fly, Back
New Orleans, LA                                                                              Honors: 2018 LA State Swimmer of the Year, 2018 NSCA, National Champion
Jesuit High School                                                                                         50M Back, NISCA All-American, Louisiana State Record Holder                      
Club: NuWave Swim Club                                                                                    
Coach: Ross Hedrick                                                                        Best Times: 50 Back: 22.51; 100 Back: 49.22; 100 Fly: 48.09; 
Parents: James and Melanie Korndorffer                                                             200 Fly: 1:48.87 
Major: Computer Engineering                                                                                     
“What I like best about Charles is that he brings “sneaky” speed to Notre Dame. He is a relay guy, he loves leading off a Medley, and he can take his game up to the 200. Charles is incredibly driven in the classroom, and this is the combination that makes him special. Charles will definitely be in the middle of all competition for Notre Dame.” – Mike Litzinger
 David Debacker                                                                            Events: 1-Meter, 3-Meter, Platform
City/State: Ypsilanti, MI 
School: Catholic Central High School, Novi, MI                              2018 best 1-M score: 419.75 (11 dives) 
Club: Legacy Dive Club. MI                                                             2018 best 3-M score: 465.25 (11 dives) 
Parents: Mike and Laura DeBacker                                                 2018 best platform score 370.90 (10 dives) 
“We are excited to have David as a Frighting Irish Diver. David is a talented diver, is well developed diver and will continue to improve. He has good fundamental skills and will be a good addition to our program. David loves Notre Dame and feels that Notre Dame fits his personality, academics and athletic ambitions. He thinks Notre Dame will be the best academic and diving program for his college career.” – Caiming Xie
William Rains                                                                               Events: 1-Meter, 3-Meter, Platform
City/State: Los Angeles, CA 
School: Harvard-Westlake High School                                        2018 best 1-M score: 367.70.95 (11 dives) 
Club: Arrow Dive Club, CA                                                            2018 best 3-M score: 444.85 (11 dives) 
Parents: Rick and Alexis Rains                                                     2018 best platform score 390.50 (10 dives) 
                                                                                                      2018 USA Junior National Championship 3-meter and platform qualifier 
“We are glad to have signed William to Notre Dame. William is an enthusiastic young man who is ready for the hard work ahead and willing to learn new dives and techniques to maximize his personal potential. William’s addition to the Notre Dame swimming and diving team will help the Irish squad compete and score in big moments.” – Caiming Xie