COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's and women's swimming and diving teams officially announced the signings of 14 new athletes and a transfer student to the team for the 2014-15 season.
These swimmers and divers will be the majority of the class for next season, according to coach Greg Rhodenbaugh, but he says the team could potentially add a few more athletes at the late signing date in April.
"We're about one or two off the women that we want to have total on the team," Rhodenbaugh said, discussing numbers for next season. "Really, we've got enough guys on the team. We may take another one or two."
Rhodenbaugh says he is excited for this upcoming class, and he expects a few of them to make an immediate impact on the team next year.
"The women's class is packed full of some pretty fast swimmers," Rhodenbaugh said. "One of them is already as fast as our school record in the 400 IM (individual medley). All seven girls are going to make an impact really early on."
The men's side will gain a transfer from LSU next season. Dillon Love is scheduled to start training with the team in the spring of 2014, Rhodenbaugh said, but will have to sit out competitively until the spring of 2015, per NCAA rules.
"He'll add depth," Rhodenbaugh said. "Hopefully when he gets in here, we can teach him some new things, and he'll really make an impact on the conference level his first year."
Jordy Groters, a swimmer coming out of Florida but originally from Aruba, is another athlete Rhodenbaugh expects to perform well in his first year. According to Rhodenbaugh, Groters won the Florida state high school swimming meet in the 100-yard breaststroke and almost broke the Florida high school record in the same event.
"Jordy is the first guy we've really gotten who is a top recruit," Rhodenbaugh said. "We normally have to take people and develop them, but he's a top recruit. And on the girl's side, we've got a couple of top recruits."
Rhodenbaugh says that getting these top swimmers and divers is directly tied to the success of the programs, which both finished 14th respectively in the NCAA Championships last season.
"We've started to make that stride because of how we're doing," Rhodenbaugh said. "Our improvements by swimmer are as good, if not better, than anybody."