Athens, GA - Georgia swimming head coach Jack Bauerle announced on Thursday that four more prospects have signed national letters of intent.
Jordan Mattern of Centennial, Colo.; Megan Molnar of Auburn, Ala.; and Marietta, Ga., natives Anna Neumeister and Shannon O’Malley will join the Lady Bulldogs for the 2011-12 season.
Mattern attends Cherry Creek High School and she swims for Coach Todd Schmitz for the Colorado Stars. Mattern is the fourth-rated 400 freestyle, the fifth-rated 200 freestyle and the sixth-rated 200 individual medley prospect in the nation. Mattern swam for the United States in the 2010 World Youth Games in Singapore. She is a three-time High School All-American and is an Academic All-American.
“Jordan is everything we could ever hope to have as far as the balance between athlete and student goes,” Bauerle said. “She has the versatility to be competitive in any freestyle event and almost any stroke. She is also one of the top academic prospects coming out.”
Molnar is a High School and Academic All-American. She is considered the No. 6 100 breaststroke and the No. 9 200 breaststroke prospect in the country. She is coached by Jeff Dellinger of Auburn Aquatics.
“Megan understands what is expected out of a student-athlete,” Bauerle said. “She has the speed and the power to help us in the breaststroke, in the freestyle and on relays. She has the desire to do the work to become a great 200 breaststroker.”
Neumeister attends Alan C. Pope High School and swims for Pat Murphy with Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club. Neumeister was a National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-American in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and she was a Scholastic All-American in 2009 and 2010. Neumeister was the 400 individual medley champion at the 2009 Georgia State Senior Meet, and she qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 400 IM.
“Anna is another really strong student,” Bauerle said. “She has the ability to improve and she can help us out in the IM and backstroke events. Anna has a tremendous amount of drive.”
O’Malley, an Academic All-American, is one of the top six prospects from the state of Georgia and one of the top 30 junior 100 and 200 breaststrokers in the nation. She was the runner-up at last year’s Georgia High School State Championships in the 100 breaststroke. O’Malley attends Lassiter High School and is coached by Ian Goss of the Cobb Stingrays.
“Shannon has proven to be one of the big surprises on our recruiting list,” Bauerle said. “She made some great drops in the breaststroke events and has arrived on the national scene. We expect her to continue to improve and to make her mark at the NCAAs.”