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Richardson Adds Eight For 2013-14

Nov 26, 2012

Pacific Swimming picked up eight commitments during the early signing period, head coach Peter Richardson announced Monday. The men's team will see Nathan Rhea, Kale Ai, Josh Cutter and Erik Fulmer join the squad while Roslyn Kackman, Jade Morton, Sara Nash and Gina Lucas will join the women's team.

"I am very excited about the eight new members of Pacific's swim team," Richardson said. "I think the class is a great start to what we are building here. All eight signees are the type of student-athletes we are looking for both in and out of the pool."

Rhea will graduate from Tulare Western High School in Tulare, and competed for the Tule Nation Tritons club team under coach Phil Black. His primary focus at Pacific will be the IM strokes.

"Nathan will bring a lot of versatility to the team next year," Richardson said. "He has the ability to contribute and score in multiple strokes."

A Honolulu, Hawaii native, Ai is a dual sport athlete who earned letters in both swimming and water polo at Kamehameha High School. He will concentrate on the distance freestyle events during his time in Stockton.

"Kale will come in and provide a strong boost to our distance group," Richardson said. "He will immediately provide scoring in the 1650 Free at the conference level."

Cutter will graduate from nearby Bear River High School in Grass Valley. He is a member of the Northern Sierra Aquatics club and is coached by former Pacific swim coach Daryn Glasgow. His best events are the 200 and 500 Free.

"As a mid-distance freestyler, Josh will step right in and provide depth in those events," Richardson said. "He has the potential to develop into a conference finalist for us."

Rounding out the men's class is Fulmer, a native of Covington, Wash. He will graduate from Kentlake High School in Kent, Wash., and swims for the King Aquatic Club under the direction of Tommy Hannan. He will concentrate on the Fly strokes but has the ability to swim the mid-distance freestyle and backstroke events.

"Erik has the ability to come in and make an instant impact," Richardson said. "He comes from a great club program and his versatility will bolster our depth across the pool."

On the women's side, Kackman comes to Pacific from Ramona, where she attends Cathedral City High School. She is a member of the Pacific Swim Club under the tutelage of Dan Peck. A junior national qualifier, Kackman has the ability to swim a number of strokes for the Tigers after posting junior national cuts in multiple events.

"Roslyn has had a stellar prep career and has tremendous versatility," Richardson said. "She brings immediate scoring to the mid-distance freestyle events while also having the ability to score in the butterfly events at the conference level."

Morton is a transfer from Golden West College in Huntington Beach, where she swims under former Olympic coach Mark Schubert. She won the Women's Performance of the Year award at the California Junior College State Championships last season while swimming to two state titles in the 500 Free and 1650 Free, winning the latter by more than 43 seconds.

"Jade is a tremendous distance swimmer," Richardson said. "She is a great competitor and brings a winning mentality to our program after her success in junior college."

A native of Broomfield, Colo., Nash will graduate from Legacy High School and swims for the Boulder Swimming club under coach Jim Richey. She will focus on the backstroke events at Pacific, but has the ability to swim both the butterfly and freestyle events.

"Sara's ability in the backstroke events will add a lot to our team," Richardson said. "She should be an immediate conference contributor but is also versatile enough to add depth in both the Fly and Free events."

Lucas rounds out the women's recruiting class, joining Kackman as Ramona natives. She is a member of the Heartland Swim Association and is coached by Jolyn Yanez. She possesses the ability to swim a multitude of events ranging from the backstroke to the freestyle.

"Gina will immediately add depth to the mid-distance group," Richardson said. "She has the potential to be a difference-maker in several events at the conference level."

The eight signees will join a program that bids farewell to nine seniors at season's end. The men will say goodbye to four seniors while the women will lose five to graduation.

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