Swimming & Diving Sign Ten to National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 28, 2011

CHICAGO – UIC head swimming & diving coach Paul Moniak announced Monday that 10 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Flames for the 2012 season.  The men’s team will add six recruits, while the women’s squad will welcome four.

“We are excited about the incoming class for 2012,” Moniak said.  “We look forward to their immediate contributions to our team.”

The class of 2012 boasts a mix of experienced and accomplished student-athletes that includes six Junior National Qualifiers.

The additions to UIC’s men’s swimming & diving team will include the following: Braden Amendola (Palos Heights, Ill./St. Ignatius College Prep), Peter Errichiello (Westmont, Ill./Downers Grove South High School), Richard Gomez (Skokie, Ill./Niles North High School), Christian Grobe (Normal, Ill./University High School), Kei Ishimaru (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore High School) and Zachary McClernon (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley High School).

UIC’s newest women’s swimmers and divers will include Veronica Gibson (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick High School), Katherine Hare (Homer Glen, Ill./Rosary High School), Jocelyn Langballe (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Northview Heights Secondary School) and Devon O’Neil (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods High School).

Amendola (breast/IM) is a two-time member of the IHSA All-State team, where Gomez (fly/mid-distance) was also represented.

Errichiello (back/IM), Grobe (breast/IM), Ishimaru (fly/IM) and McClernon (mid-distance) all hold the accolade of Junior National qualifier, with Ishimaru also being an All-American qualifier.

Additionally, Errichiello will be welcomed by a familiar face, as he joins his brother, current freshman mid-distance swimmer, Vince Errichiello.

Veronica Gibson was an IHSA Consolation Finalist in the 100 fly and 500 free in 2011 and achieved the accomplishments of Junior National Qualifier and All-American.

Hare brings tradition to the Flames, as she will be the sixth member of the Hare family to swim at UIC.  At Rosary, she was part of the All-American Relays and earned the honor of Academic All-American.

Langballe (back/mid-distance) is a swimmer out of the North Yolk Aquatic Club and was a Junior National Qualifier.  O’Neil (sprint free/fly) comes from competing with the Peoria Area Water Wizards and was an IHSA State Meet qualifier.