MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois swimming and diving announced the addition of three signees to its 2012-13 recruiting class on Tuesday (April 24). Daniella Bresler of California, JD Furr of Indiana and Lizzie Hollopeter of Illinois bring the class total to 12.
Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
High School: Tesoro
Parents: Stephen & Rebecca Bresler
Daniella Bresler was a four-year swimming letterwinner at Tesoro High School in Calif. and will join the Fighting Leatherneck family in the fall of 2012.
Bresler plans to pursue a degree in Math Education while at Western Illinois and aspires to become a high school math teacher. She comes from an athletic family as her brother, Jordan, currently plays soccer at Averett, while her father and mother were gymnasts at Penn State and West Virtginia, respectively.
Head Coach Greg Naumann: "Daniella has some great versatility by being able to swim either individual medley events or butterfly. This will give her a great opportunity to score a lot of points for the team throughout the season and especially at conference."
Hometown: Crawfordsville, Ind.
High School: Crawfordsville
Parents: Jeffrey & Shannon Furr
JD Furr was a Crawfordsville High School swimming letterwinner and member of the Sugar Creek Swim Club in Crawfordsville, Ind. He will begin his collegiate career in a Leatherneck uniform in the fall of 2012.
Furr was a two-time All-Conference selection, two-time Swimmer of the County and three-time State Qualifier during his time at Crawfordsville. He currently owns the 100 Breast school record and served as the team captain for two years. He was also named Swimmer of the Meet at the Sagamore Athletic Conference and is an Academic All-American with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8.
During his time with the Sugar Creek Swim Club, Furr helped set the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay and 400 Medley Relay records.
Furr plans to pursue a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science while at Western Illinois.
Head Coach Greg Naumann: "JD will be adding some solid speed to our breaststroke group. He will also be able to add some more depth to our middle distance freestylers as well. I expect that he will be able to gain a lot of muscle from starting up a weight training program, which should make his sprint breaststroke and freestyle much faster at the end of next year."
Hometown: Naperville, Ill.
High School: Metea Valley
Parents: Robert & Paula Hollopeter
Lizzie Hollopeter, a four-year letterwinner in swimming and three-year letterwinner in water polo will join the Fighting Leatherneck Swimming and Diving team in the fall of 2012.
While at Metea Valley High School, Hollopeter earned All-Conference honors and competed in Sectionals as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was also a State Qualifier in the 200 Medley Relay as a senior and holds school records in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back, 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay.
Hollopeter was also a member of the Indian Prairie Scholar Honor Society, which requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.6 in six or more semesters. She plans to pursue a degree in Athletic Training while at Western Illinois.
Head Coach Greg Naumann: "Lizzie will be coming in as one of our top backstrokers for next year. I expect to see her place in the top 16 at conference nest year as a freshman in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events."