Alfred State swimming & diving coach RC Weston is excited to announce the addition of five new Pioneers to his team.
Anthony Kahwaty (Lake Hopatcong, NJ/Edison Tech)
Major: Computer Information Systems
Coach Weston: "Anthony is a great pickup for us that provides critical support within our Breaststroke and IM groups. He is a versatile swimmer and I am extremely excited he chose to be a Pioneer. The biggest impact he will have will be seen at AMCC's, as he has already posted top-6 times. I can't wait to see what he can do in our environment and with teammates that are ready to push each other!"
Notes: Son of Michael and Josephine, the 148th ranked swimmer in New Jersey according to CollegeSwimming.com. 4 year member of the Jefferson Township Falcons Swimming & Diving Team. Placed 4th in both the 100 Breast and 500 Free at the 2017 Sussex County Championships. Named Team Captain his Senior Year. Team MVP as a Junior and a Senior. 2014 Todd Agresto Sportsmanship Award recipient for the Lake Forest Swim Team. 2017 Randolph YMCA State Team member.
Nathan Miller (Walworth, NY/Gananda)
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Coach Weston: "Nate is a tremendous addition to our program and will be our 2nd straight standout student-athlete from Gananda to become a Pioneer, joining Sophomore Ryan McDowell. Nate's versatility opens up a world of possibilities for our lineup and he will have the chance to discover his niche a little more as we test him in various events throughout the season. Having the potential to final in several events will go a long way in helping us reach our goal of an AMCC Championship."
Notes: Son of Charles and Michelle Miller. The 306th ranked swimmer in New York State according to collegeswimming.com. Placed 3rd in both the 100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke at the 2017 Section V Class C Championship. Member of 3 school relay records for the Gananda Blue Panthers. Named a Team Captain as a Senior. High Honor Roll Student who has earned recognition from the American Chemical Society. Member of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society where he was co-President. Volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America and has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 167 in Macedon.
Devin Peters (Buffalo, NY/Maryvale)
Major: Electrical Construction & Maintenance Electrician
Coach Weston: "Devin will have an opportunity here at Alfred to grow and develop with our training. He will be added depth in distance and butterfly, which will help us tremendously in duals. I'm looking forward to seeing him go through an entire year college-level training to see what he can do at the end of the year."
Notes: Son of Mark and Lisa Peters. Section VI Qualifier as a Senior, 2x Section VI Class B qualifier, 4x ECIC Division Qualifier for the Maryvale Flyers Swimming & Diving Team. Maryvale High School Most Improved Award Winner as a Junior. Named Most Outstanding Senior in Advanced Technology, and Most Improved in Math and Technology. Achieved rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 468 in Lancaster.
Ethan Tatro (Lockport, NY/Lockport)
Major: Criminal Justice
Events: Sprint Freestyle
Coach Weston: "Ethan is an absolute game changer for us coming to campus in the Fall. As a New York State Meet qualifier in the 50 Free, his best time would have taken home the victory at the AMCC Championship meet last year. Ethan is going to be a major factor in our success over the next 4 years and has an opportunity to leave a lasting impact for many years to come."
Notes: Son of Jennifer Tatro. The 133rd ranked swimmer in New York State according to collegeswimming.com. 2017 Section VI Class A Runner up in the 50 Freestyle and 3rd place finisher in the 100 Freestyle. 2017 Niagara Frontier League Champion in the 50 Freestyle and Runner Up in the 100 Freestyle. In addition, helped the Lockport Lions to a 1st place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay at NFL's where they took home the Team Championship.
Russell Zagrobelny (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora)
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Coach Weston: "Russell was a late addition to our incoming class of 2017 as we met at the last Open House held on campus, but he is going to have a significant impact as a Freshman. As a backstroker he has posted times that will push our returners for A relay spots very early on. His addition rounds out an impressive Freshman Class that has enough talent that I wouldn't be surprised to see several amongst our highest point scorers at the end of the year."
Notes: Son of Steve and Paula Zagrobelny. The 247th ranked swimmer in New York State according to collegeswimming.com. 2017 Section VI Class B Champion in the 100 Backstroke also placed 4th in the 200 Freestyle. Finished 3rd in the 100 Backstroke at the 2017 Section VI Championships where he led off the 3rd place 200 Medley Relay. ECIC Division A Champion in the 100 Backstroke and Runner-Up in the 200 Freestyle helping the East Aurora Blue Devils to a 1st Place Finish. Named a Team Captain his Senior Year. Honor Roll Student.