UIC Swimming and Diving Signs Five to National Letters of Intent

Head Coach Paul Moniak
Head Coach Paul Moniak

Nov. 29, 2013

CHICAGO – UIC swimming & diving head coach Paul Moniak announced on Wednesday that five student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to compete with the Flames in the 2014-15 season. The men’s team welcomes Tanner Alms and Christian Wilhelm, as the women’s squad adds Rachel Criscione, Briana Hines, and Kaitlyn Knight.

“This November signing class is a fantastic beginning to our incoming class for Fall 2014. Specifically, Brianna Hines, is one of the best females we’ve singed in my twelve years at UIC!  This class will help fill events on our team which need more depth. We look forward to working with them and having them be part of the UIC Swimming & Diving community,” said Moniak.

Alms joins as an addition to the swim team after competing as a member of the Red Wing Swim Club, coached by Tom Fuchs. The Red Wing, Minn., native broke the Class A 500 freestyle state record in grades 9 and 11. Alms was also the 500 free State Champion in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.

Wilhelm comes to UIC as a specialized swimmer in middle distance. The Terre Haute, Ind., native is a three-time state qualifier and holds three state records in the 200 free, 500 free and 400 free relay. He is a member of the Terre Haute Torpedoes, coached by Jeff Thompson.

Hines comes to UIC as a specialized swimmer in middle distance and distance. The Normal, Ill., native was a Junior National Qualifier in the 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free and 400 IM. She is a member of the Bloomington-Normal Waves Swim Team, coached by Charlie Yourd.

The women’s squad welcomes Criscione as an addition to the diving team after competing as a member of Windy City Diving. The Frankfort, Ill., native is a 2013 conference champion and IHSA State Qualifer.

The Flames diving team also welcomes Knight, a member of the DuPage Diving Academy. The Homer Glen, Ill., native attends Lockport Township High school and was an IHSA State Qualifier in both 2012 and 2013.

"I am excited to have both of these girls as a part of the UIC Diving Team. Both have done well for their high school teams the last 2 years,” diving coach Susan Bromberg stated. “They each have a lot of undeveloped talent and I am looking forward to having Rachel and Katy as a part of our team."