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Ten swimmers to make history at Queens

Ten commit to become first swimmers at Queens University of Charlotte

07/20/10 -  

Athletes make history as Queens starts first ever varsity swimming programs

Head Swimming Coach Jeff Dugdale proudly announces the names of the first 10 student-athletes to join the new swimming programs at Queens University of Charlotte.

Amanda Rubel, Daniel Bowden, Troy Cisneros, Nick Creidler, Kyle Disney, Jeremy Gregory, Kyle House, Austin Hughey, Elijah Walker, and Christian Yeatts will be the first ever varsity swimmers at Queens.

"I feel very blessed to have such a depth of talent during this very special first year of competitive swimming at Queens," Dugdale said. "We also expect to draw athletes from the existing club program at Queens and will announce their participation later."

Dugdale joined the Royals in April from SwimMAC Carolina: A USA Swimming Center of Excellence. There he assisted Head Coach David Marsh in all aspects of running Team Elite whose members include Olympian Cullen Jones and record holders such as Nick Brunelli, Nick Thoman and Justine Mueller. Prior to that, Dugdale was an assistant coach at Duke University and helped lead recruiting and leadership development.

In addition to his role at SwimMAC Carolina, Marsh is Executive in Residence for Athletics and High Performance at Queens and will work with all of the Royals programs.

The new swim programs at Queens joined a thriving Royals program that boasted 16 other varsity teams including men's and women's basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, softball, and women's volleyball.

"We are thrilled to see our vision of offering a wider array of varsity sports at Queens fulfilled," said Jeannie King, director of athletics. "Our entire campus community will embrace these new teams and rally around them as they make history."

Amanda Rubel joins the Royals from Huntersville, N.C., where she attended Hopewell High School. Her top four events include the 200-yard individual medley, the 100- yard and 200- yard breaststrokes, and the 50- yard freestyle. During her junior season she helped lead her high school medley relay team to a first place finish at the state level. During her senior year, Rubel finished first in the 200- yard IM at the 4A High School Western Regional meet with a time of 2:11.31. She also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.40 at the Western Regional meet. At the 4A High School State Championships, Rubel took home a fourth place finish in the 200-meter IM and a fifth place finish in the 100- yard breaststroke. Upon the close of the season, the team MVP was named to the All I-MECK Conference Team in the 100- yard breaststroke and to the All-Lake Norman News First team in the 200-yard IM. Rubel was an honor roll student and was a candidate for an Advanced Placement Diploma.

Daniel Bowden of Charlotte is another local swimmer, and attended Ardrey Kell High School. Bowden also swam for SwiMACarolina. His top events are the 100- and the 50-yard freestyles, the 100-yard backstroke, and the 200-yard freestyle. The three-time MVP award recipient earned team captain honors during his senior season. Bowden's hard work also earned him the Coach's Award and the opportunity to swim at Junior Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Outside of swimming, Bowden was an Advanced Placement Scholar and an honor roll student with a 4.0 GPA.

Troy Cisneros of Long Beach, Calif., was a four-year varsity swimmer for Mater Dei High School, and a member of the Orange County Register Club and Fullerton Aquatics Sports teams. The 200-yard IM, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, and 200-yard breaststroke are his top four events. Cisneros helped set new school records in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Some of the major meets in which Cisneros swam include the CIF Southern Section Division I Championships and Masters, the Long Beach Grand Prix, the Austin Grand Prix, and the Janet Evans Invitational. Cisneros earned the Division I (Trinity League) Scholar Athlete Award, the 2006-2007 Most Improved Swimmer Award and the 2009 Coach's Award. He also qualified for the 2010 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American award.

Nick Creidler joins the men's team from Durham, N.C., where he graduated from Northern Durham High School. Creidler swam at the club level with Duke Aquatics. A competitive swimmer since the age of six, his top four events have been the 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard fly, the 100-yard breaststroke, and the 400-yard IM. After his junior and senior seasons he was named to the All Pac Six Conference Team. Creidler also earned MVP honors after his senior season. His efforts in the classroom earned him a place in the National Honor Society.

Kyle Disney joins the Royals from Ocean City, Md. The Southeast Raleigh High School student was a Maryland state champion for two years. As a member of the Silver Club Team, Disney was a 2010 YMCA National Champion. His top four events are 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard fly, the 100-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard freestyle. Disney's academic awards include the Presidential Academic Award and being named to the Principal's List and the honor roll multiple times.

Jeremy Gregory is a transfer coming to Queens from Auburn University. The Puyallup, Wash., native participated in the 2004 Open Water World Championships in Dubai which was a 5K race. His top four events include the 200-yard fly, the 200-yard IM, the 100-yard fly, and the 200-yard freestyle.

Kyle House transfers to join the Royals from Purdue University. The Lawrenceburg, Ind., native's top four events include the 100-yard fly, the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke, and the 200-yard backstroke. While at Purdue, House was a member of the men's swimming and diving team. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, the Boilermakers finished fourth at the conference championships. House was a member of the fastest Purdue 200- yard freestyle relay team in 2010. House was also the Indiana Swimming USA Senior State Champion in the 100- yard fly and the 100- yard backstroke in 2010. House excelled in the classroom as well being named to the Dean's List and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for four semesters. He was also a Purdue Valedictorian Scholarship recipient and a Purdue Trustees Scholarship recipient. During the 2009-2010 season, House was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.

Austin Hughey, hails from Auburn, Ala., where he attended Auburn University. Hughey was a four-year member of the varsity swim team at his high school, Auburn High School. While there he was a member of the two-time Alabama state swimming runner-up team. Hughey was also a member of the Auburn High School record breaking 200- yard medley relay team his senior year. The Southeastern Swimming Championship finalist also qualified for the Austin Grand Prix and the Senior Sectionals. Hughey's top four events include the 100-yard fly, the 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, and the 50-yard freestyle.

Elijah Walker comes to Queens from Charlotte, NC ., where he attended Trinity Christian. The SwiMACarolina club team member's top events are the 100-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard IM, and the 200-yard freestyle. Walker effort helped him to qualify for the SEZ Sectionals and he was an honor roll student as well.

Christian Yeatts, a Charlotte, N.C. native, is a distance swimmer. The homeschooler's top four events are the 500-yard freestyle, the 1000-yard freestyle, the 1650-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard fly.

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the School of Communication, Hayworth College for Adult Studies and the Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing.


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