Swimming and Diving Kicks Off Season This Weekend at VMI

October 22, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 22, 2004

NORFOLK, VA - The Old Dominion swimming and diving team will kick off their season Saturday, when they travel to Virginia Military Institute for a quad meet.  The women's team will take on Radford and Canisius while the men face VMI and Canisius.  The Monarchs open up home action next Saturday, October 30, when they host Drexel.  Diving begins at 10:00, while swimming begins at 1:00.


2004-05 Team Preview:


The Old Dominion swimming and diving squad will look to use a diverse blend of experienced seniors and talented newcomers to once again challenge in the Colonial Athletic Association in the 2004-05 season, as Carol Withus enters her 12th year as the head coach at ODU.


The Lady Monarchs have no seniors on the team this year, but will have more depth in each event.  ODU welcomes back sophomores Lauren Timby (Rochester, NY), Samantha Combs (Travelers Rest, SC) and the team record-holder in the 200-backstroke, Beatrice Szilard (Las Vegas, NV).  Junior Liane Publow (Las Vegas, NV) will provide leadership in the butterfly, IM and breaststroke events as a team captain.  Timby was the women's Team MVP last season.  Expect junior Lisa Rushfeldt (West Palm Beach, FL), one of the women's team captains to make major contributions in the freestyle events.


The women welcome a very talented group of newcomers to the team this season, who should each make very valuable contributions.  Freestyle specialists Amy Hoffman (Kennesaw, GA) and Laura Murphy (Chesapeake, VA), as well as Leslie Hallquist (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) in the freestyle and butterfly events and Kim Loftus (Poquoson, VA) in the IM and the breaststroke events, will significantly add to the strength of the women's squad.


The women's diving squad will have a completely different appearance this season, welcoming six fresh faces.  Former Monarch diver Michelle Kenney, will join the squad as a diving assistant for the 2004-05 season.


The men welcome back seven seniors, who will use their experience to lead the Monarchs to make some noise in the CAA.  Senior diver Tommy Dingus (Falls Church, VA) will lead a young men's diving squad and will serve as the diving captain.  Noah Scully (Virginia Beach, VA) returns for his sophomore year on the diving squad and should be a valuable member of the team.  Freshman Jon Panetteri will be a key addition to the squad this season.


Junior Nate Tschohl (Chesapeake, VA), last season's men's Team MVP and a team captain on the men's team this year, will be a leader on the men's squad this season, competing in the freestyle and butterfly events.  Sophomores Michael DeNise (Midlothian, VA) and Daniel Lundberg (Fjaras, Sweden) will add considerable talent to the freestyle and breaststroke events.  Senior Joe Kavanagh (Essex, England), a team captain on the men's team, will look for a solid year in the freestyle and breaststroke events.  Freshman David Estrada (Bellingham, MA), a backstroke specialist, will help fill a the team's weakness in 2003-04. 


With a diverse blend of experienced leadership and talented newcomers, the Old Dominion men's and women's swimming and diving squads till look to challenge in the CAA and build on last year's successes.