Nov. 20, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Emily Cameron and Rachel Zilinskas of Pennsylvania and Taylor Dale of Georgia have signed national letters of intent with the Georgia swimming teams, Coach Jack Bauerle announced on Tuesday.
Cameron is a native of Lititz, Pa., and attends Warwick High School. She competes for Lancaster Aquatics under Coach Casey Coble. Cameron holds the Pennsylvania state records in the 50-yard freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. She is one of the nation's top five swimming prospects, including the No. 1 recruit in the sprint breaststroke and the No. 2 prospect in the 50-yard freestyle. Cameron was the winner of the 200-meter IM at the 2012 NCSA Junior National Championships, and she earned High School All-America honors.
"Emily is an exuberant, enthusiastic young lady," Bauerle said. "She's extremely competitive, and she's great to have on your side in a tight meet or a tight race. There's a lot of fight in her, and she's definitely a tough one for others to go up against, so I'm glad she'll be on our side. Her versatility means we can use her in a lot of areas. She's a talented young athlete."
Zilinskas is a native of Indiana, Pa., and she swims for Coach Dick Shoulberg at Germantown Academy. She is one of the nation's top five swimming prospects, including the No. 1 recruit in the 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyle, No. 2 in the 500-yard freestyle, the 1,500-meter freestyle and the 400-yard IM, and No. 3 in the 800-meter freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke. Zilinskas excels away from the pool as she has garnered Academic All-America status.
"Rachel is going to be a great addition to our program," Bauerle said. "She will further strengthen our distance group and help us have the depth we need to score the kind of points we're looking for at the SEC and NCAA levels in these events. She comes from one of the country's top programs under Coach Shoulberg, which means the bar has been set very high in her training. Her work ethic, talent and academic success are perfect examples of what we're looking for in a student-athlete."
Dale attends Dalton High School and swims for Coach Charles Todd with Carpet Capital Aquatics. He won the 100-meter backstroke at the 2012 Speedo Junior National Championships. Dale set the Georgia state record in the 100-yard butterfly and he garnered 2012 Georgia High School Swimmer of the Year honors. He is the nation's No. 3 prospect in the 100-meter backstroke and the No. 5 recruit in the 100-yard butterfly.
"Taylor is one of the most explosive and powerful underwater swimmers we've ever signed," Bauerle said. "He has natural speed, and he will help us immediately and make the ones we have better. As an added bonus, he's recently become an accomplished long course swimmer, which means he's doing the background necessary to be a factor in a three- or four-day competition. He will give us a huge push."