11 New Recruits Added to Centenary's 2005 Swimming Line-up
Wednesday, May 4, 2005




Butch Jordan

SHREVEPORT- Records are bound to fall as Centenary’s incoming 2005 swimming class of seven women and four men recruits join the Maroon and White. Head Coach Butch Jordan announced the signing of the new student athletes this week as all 11 swimmers have the capability of breaking Centenary and Mid-Continent Conference records.

Jordan’s incoming class includes Taryne Cantillo, Leslie Clampitt, Murphy Crain, Ryan Duplantis, Beth Geis, Ally Gann, Alana Gregory, Chase Lambert, Randy Myers, Byran Myers, and Nicole Turner.

A South Terrebonne HS captain, out of Chauvin, La., Duplantis is a multi-talent athlete focusing his ability in the stroke events while also competing on Centenary’s cross country team.

“Ryan will be dividing his training time in the early season with the school’s cross country team,” said Jordan. “We look to him to develop as a Mid-Con scorer in the IM and backstroke events.”

Lambert is a versatile swimmer that will strengthen Jordan’s already talented squad. The Benton, Ark. native was dubbed Arkansas’ HS champion in the 200 fly and 500 free last year and will compete in the butterfly and middle distance events for Centenary. He already holds a 1:53.30 in the 200 fly and a 1:44.0 in the 200 free that bests Centenary’s all-time record.

“Chase is a very important signee,” stated Jordan. “He will be a major factor for us in conference competition in the 200 and 500 free along with the 200 fly. He will also make a significant contribution in the relays.”

Randy Myers will join older brother Dustin Myers on the 2005 squad in the fall. The 6’2 swimming standout made the TISCA All-State Team and is a school record holder at Round Rock HS in Round Rock, Tex.

“Randy has the potential to stand out as high scorer at the Mid-Con championships his freshman year,” said Jordan. “We will look for him to excel in the 100, 200, and 500 free.”

With impressive backstroke finishes, Bryan Myers (no relation to Randy or Dustin) will look to make a splash in the Mid-Con as his 100 back time of 54.4 competes with Centenary’s top times. The Round Rock, Tex. native was an All-American athlete at Round Rock HS and a member of the TISCA All-State Team.

“Bryan will be a very valuable asset in the sprint relays and the 50 and 100 free,” said Jordan. “His backstroke has real potential and will make an immediate impact in our line-up as a freshman.”

Cantillo was one of the top swimmers at Georgetown HS, located in Georgetown, Tex., and has already posted times in the 100 fly (58.8) and 200 free (1:54.50) that bests Centenary’s prior school records.

“Taryne will be a big swimmer for us both in the dual meet season and at the conference championships,” stated Jordan. "She is multitalented, but will be used mostly in the butterfly and freestyles events.”

Turner, out of Rockwall, Tex., excelled in swimming as well as academically at Rockwall HS. She was a National Honors Society member and will look to boost Centenary’s relay teams.

“Nicole is a great relay swimmer, said Jordan. “Her potential events in the Mid-Con will be the 50 and 100 free and 100 breast.”

As Turners’ Rockwall Riptide club team teammate, Gann will look to showcase her talent in a variety of events.

“Ally will be used primarily in the butterfly and freestyle events as she grows as an athlete by learning the working of Division I swimming,” stated Jordan.

A soon to be graduate of Hillcrest HS out of Dallas Tex., Geis is another high caliber swimmer that will be joining the Ladies next fall. She was a Texas State finalist in the 100 fly and the 200 free.

“Beth has great enthusiasm for swimming, said Jordan. She will definitely help us in both the 100 and 200 fly.” Gregory, out of Flower Mound, Tex., has the fast feet and explosive power to make an impression on the Ladies team in 2005.

“Alana has great potential in the sprints, stated Jordan, “and will be a valuable asset in our relays.”

By holding a personal best record of 24.3 in the 50 free and 53.0 in the 100 free, Clampitt will look to make a name for herself at Centenary and in the conference. A native from Dallas, Tex., she was a Texas HS finalist in both the 50 and 100 free.

“Leslie had a great senior year which bodes well for her upcoming season at Centenary,” offered Jordan. “She will be concentrating on the sprint freestyle events and should be capable of breaking the school’s record and challenging the Mid-Con’s.”

Hailing from Richardson, Tex., Crain will have the opportunity to see action in a variety of events. “We are very excited to have Murphy coming to Centenary,” said Jordan.

“She has a great enthusiasm and has relatively an untapped potential as a swimmer.” Centenary made school history last season at the 2004 Conference Championships.

Jordan received the Mid-Con Conference Men’s Coach of the Year award for leading the men’s squad to a third place finish in the Gents first year of team competition while the women’s squad finished fifth. Jordan had eight swimmers obtain All-Conference honors.

Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Founded in 1825, Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River and with an enrollment of 905; it is the smallest Division I school in the nation.