Nov. 14, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Three high school standouts have signed national letters of intent with the Georgia swimming teams, according to an announcement Thursday by Coach Jack Bauerle.
Megan Kingsley of South Carolina and Meaghan Raab of Pennsylvania inked with the Lady Bulldogs, while instate prospect Powell Brooks of Norcross signed with the Bulldogs.
Kingsley is a native of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and attends Wando High School. She is the country's top prospect in the 200 butterfly and she is in the top 10 in the 100 backstroke, the 100 butterfly and the 400 individual medley. Kingsley is a member of the U.S. National Team and has been on the U.S. National Junior Team, the U.S. Junior Pan Pacific Team and the Southeastern Zone Team. She competes for the Mount Pleasant Swim Club under coaches Doug Fetchen and David Horton. Kingsley has set 23 South Carolina age-group records, two high school state marks and one Junior National record. She is a two-time South Carolina Swimmer of the Year as well as a two-time Scholastic All-American.
"She's a very, very intense competitive racer," Bauerle said. "She will be a great addition to the team not only in the lineup but in practice everyday. She is a total team player and will be a great teammate. Her top events are the butterfly, but we also look for her to also improve in the backstroke and IM events, and she can certainly become a key player in those areas as well."
Raab is a native of Hummelstown, Pa., attends Hershey High School and competes for the Hershey Aquatic Club under coaches Greg and Jeff Fastrich. She is ranked top 5 in the nation in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. Raab was the 2012 Winter Junior Nationals winner in the 200 freestyle. She holds state high school records in the 100 and 200 freestyle and has won five state titles in those events. Raab was chosen as the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimmer of the Meet in 2011 and 2012. She is an eight-time All-American, a three-time Patriot News Big 12 All-Star Team member and a Scholastic All-American.
"Some of the greatest swimmers in the history of our program, including Stefanie Williams and Kristy Kowal, have come from Pennsylvania, and we are excited to have Meaghan continue that tradition," Bauerle said. "Because of her strengths in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle, she is a great prospect not just for those events but for our freestyle relays. She is going to be much-needed to fill in those roles so we can continue our tradition of dominance in the freestyle events.”
Brooks attends Norcross High School and competes for coaches Jeff Hike and Chris Davis at SwimAtlanta. Brooks is listed among the top 20 prospects nationally in the 200 butterfly and the 200 and 500 freestyle. An All-American in the 500 freestyle, Brooks holds five school records and twice has been chosen to the Gwinnett Daily Post's Super Six. He has been picked as a Scholastic All-American three times.
"We're excited to have him as part of the team," Bauerle said. "We've known him since he was a 12-year-old at our swim camp, and we've had a great relationship with him and his family for many years. We're excited about what Powell can do in the butterfly and middle distance freestyle events, and we feel like his best swimming is ahead of him. We know from the way he handles school and swimming and balances everything that he's going to be not only a great athlete but a great leader. We're looking forward to having him as part of the team."