Hargis inks four top women swimmers

University Park, Pa. — The Penn State women's swimming and diving teams signed four top women's swimming recruits to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach John Hargis announced Monday. Joining the Nittany Lions in the pool next year are Amy Mogdlin, Meritt Krawczyk, Paige Whitmire and Brye Ravettine.

"One thing I'll say about this recruiting class is that there is probably more talent coming out the door than any class we've had at Penn State," Hargis said.

Krawczyk hails from Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas. She will be competing in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events, as well as the individual medleys. At the Texas State Championships, one of the largest fields of competition in the nation, she placed third in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.

"Merritt will be a huge help for us on relays," Hargis said. "She will be able to help us continue the success we've had in the medley and relay events."

Hargis brings in Ravettine, who already has swam the 2008 Olympic Trials and 2009 World Championships Trials cuts. USA Swimming ranks her 13th in the nation in the 50-meter freestyle in her age group while swimming with the Cougar Athletic Swim Team, in which she swam with Penn State senior Kaitlin O'Brien, whom she considers a close personal friend. At Immaculate Heart Academy, the Mahwah, N.J. native holds five county and four league records in spring and relay events. The (Hackensack, N.J.) Record named her Swimmer of the Year during her sophomore season.

Ravettine volunteers year-round with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the New Jersey State Organization of Cystic Fibrosis.

She has led Immaculate Heart Academy to county and league championships in each of her three seasons so far, as well as a state championship in 2008. Her cousin, Brittney Ravettine, currently attends Penn State.

"Brye is one of the top sprinters in the country, and we are glad to have such an immediate impact swimmer on our roster next year," Hargis said. "Sprinting is something we need to work with. Brye is a huge step in the right direction for this program."

With the addition of Modglin, Penn State brings in a three-time Florida state champion and a three-time Olympic Trial qualifier. The Ft. Myers, Fla. native is a well-rounded natator who has the ability to have great success in backstroke, medley, freestyle and relay events.

"The coaches, my future teammates and the academic atmosphere of Penn State really makes me excited about becoming a Nittany Lion," Modglin said.

Modglin placed 21st in the 200 backstroke at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. She earned a fourth place finish in the 200 backstroke and a 10th place showing in the 400 IM at the 2007 Spring Nationals.

"Amy is one of the top recruits from Florida. It is a huge addition to our program," Hargis said. "She has the ability to swim anything and has been successful in a multitude of events so far in her career. She's the type of swimmer who can produce outstanding results as a freshman."

Whitmire, a Lederach, Pa. product, is a seven-time All-American from Souderton High School. She's produced at the state-level, scoring three Top Five finishes at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association State Championships. She had a second-place mark in the 100 backstroke, took third in the medley relay and swam fourth in the 50 freestyle.

Whitmire is multi-talented in the pool. She was first-team all-state in water polo and helped Souderton make it to the state championship game. Both her mother and grandfather are Penn State alumni.

"Paige is a PA kid, and something we want to do is to keep the best PA kids in-state," Hargis said. "She's got a lot of raw talent, and there's a lot left in her to produce top times for us."

Penn State women's swimming and diving team returns to action on the weekend of Dec. 5-6. The swimmers travel to Columbus, Ohio to participate in Ohio State's tournament, while the divers will compete at the Rutgers Diving Invite in Piscataway, N.J.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009