Gents Swimming Adds 10 for 2006-07 Season
Tuesday, May 23, 2006

SHREVEPORT - Centenary head swimming coach Butch Jordan has announced the signing of 10 men’s swimmers to National Letters-of-Intent for the upcoming 2006-07 season.  The signees will bolster the Gents squad that placed third at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships in 2004-05, fifth in 2005-06, and lose just one graduating senior from last year’s squad.


Clayton Carter (Houston, Texas / North Shore HS), Dane Chambers (Austin, Texas / Lake Travis HS), Rustin Green (Campbell, Texas / Campbell HS), Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La. / Alexandria HS), Quinn Larwood (Colleyville, Texas / Colleyville Heritage HS), Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M. / La Cuena HS), Wladamir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas / Cedar Park HS), David Moss (Chelsea, Okla. / Chelsea HS), Alex Opland (Marietta, Ga. / Mount Paran Christian School), and Jamie Stultz (Allen, Texas / Allen HS) will all enter Centenary as freshman this coming year.


Carter will compete in the distance freestyle events, and could prove to be a force in the Mid-Con in the 200, 500, and 1650 free.  He swam for coach Steve Wilson at the Blue Tide Swim Club.


“Clayton brings needed depth to out freestyle events,” said Jordan.  “His attitude and enthusiasm will spread throughout the team.  He is expected to improve quickly at Centenary.”


Chambers is a relatively untested swimmer, but the Gents coaching staff expect him to be solid performer for the squad next season.


“We expect Dane to be a real contributor in the sprint freestyles.  He has a very enthusiastic approach to his training and competition.”


Green swam for Brent Mitchell and the METRO Swim Team in Allen, Texas, the program that also produced Centenary Ladies standout Sara Hansen.


“Rustin will prove to be a versatile and valuable addition to the men’s squad.  He can go several directions including breast, fly, and IM.  We expect Rustin to be a Mid-Con scorer in his first year.”


Hayes swam at Alexandria HS and for Wally Fall of the City of Alexandria Swim Team(COAST).  He was the Louisiana state champion in the 100 free with a time of 46.3.


“Sam was sought by several large schools and we are very fortunate to have him coming to Centenary.  His presence on the squad will have an immediate impact with his natural speed which we plan on utilizing.”


Larwood is another incoming freshman who chose the Maroon and White over several larger programs.  He swam for Pete Salvan and the GCAT swim club.


“Quinn comes from a very strong program that believes in hard work.  This background will help Quinn move into scoring spots at the Mid-Con championships in several events, including the 400 IM, 200 fly, and 1650 freestyle.”


McGee swam for Tim Wilde at Duke City Aquatics and holds the New Mexico state records in the 800 and 1500 freestyle.


“Cole will add depth to the already proven distance freestyle events in the Mid-Con.  He has a strong work ethic that will show in the pool and we are excited to have him.”


Montoya swam for John Baltzell’s Cedar Park Aquatics team and was a Texas 5A state finalist in the 100 fly with a 50.7 time.


“Wlad was primarily recruited for his sprint free and fly ability, however he is versatile and may be used in other events.  He brings a lot of enthusiasm to his training that will be contagious to his teammates.”


Moss is another relative newcomer to swimming, but should blossom into a good competitive swimmer.


“David is new to the swimming lifestyle, but he will be a welcome addition to the breaststroke events.  He has not reached his full potential and we hope he will have some surprises for us as the year progresses.”


Opland comes to the Gents from Yit Lim’s program at the Marietta Marlins.


“Although Alex has a limited background in swimming, he shows tremendous potential in the sprint and mid-distance freestyle events.”


Stultz swam at Allen HS and for Maggie Shook on the City of Richardson (COR) swim team.  He was a District and Regional champion in the 100 breast and 200 IM.


“Jamie has the potential to score in numerous events at conference.  He will prove to be a versatile tool for the men’s team.  He’ll also add strength to out medley relays and 800 freestyle relay.”


2006-07 Centenary Men’s Swimming Signees

Clayton Carter – 6-1, 177, Distance Free - Houston, Texas (North Shore HS)

Dane Chambers – 6-0, Sprint Free - Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)

Rustin Green – 5-9, Fly, Breast - Campbell, Texas (Campbell HS)

Sam Hayes – 6-4, 165, Sprint Free, Back - Alexandria, La. (Alexandria HS)

Quinn Larwood – Fly, IM, Distance Free - Colleyville, Texas (Colleyville Heritage HS)

Cole McGee – 5-10, Distance Free - Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cuena HS)

Wladamir Montoya – 5-10, Sprint, Free, Fly - Cedar Park, Texas (Cedar Park HS)

David Moss – 5-9, Breast - Chelsea, Okla. (Chelsea HS)

Alex Opland – 6-0, Free - Marietta, Ga. (Mount Paran Christian School)

Jamie Stultz – 5-7, Breast, IM - Allen, Texas (Allen HS)