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Swimming Announces Addition of 3 Student-Athletes
Liberty swimming head coach Jake Shellenberger has announced the addition of three student-athletes to the swimming program. Heather McCorkel, Morgan Noonan and Victoria Tschoke have all signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty starting in the 2013-14 academic year.
"Assistant Coach Jessica Barnes did another fantastic job putting together this early signing class for 2013, and we are thrilled to welcome Morgan, Victoria and Heather to Liberty next fall," Shellenberger said. "Each one of these young ladies is a great fit for Liberty, and all come into our conference scoring in multiple events."
Shellenberger added, "We were looking for a small, very specific class for 2013, specifically in middle distance freestyle, breaststroke, and the IM events. We found that with this group, and we are expecting big things from them throughout their careers at Liberty."
Name: Heather McCorkel
Hometown: Ellicott City, Md.
High School: Mount Airy Christian Academy
Club: Eagle Swim Team
Club Coach: Coach Scott Ward
Intended Major: Biomedical science/mathematics
Honors and Highlights:
12-time sectional qualifier
6-time sectional finalist
5-time super sectional qualifier
2-time member of the Girls Team Eastern Zone Sectional Champions
Holds one club team record
Member of a Junior National Qualifying 4x200 Free Relay
14-time Maryland State Finalist
Best Times: 1:54.99 200 Free, 5:01.48 500 Free, 10:28.20 1000 Free
Quote from McCorkel: "I went into my recruiting trips with an open mind and wondering where God was leading me. After spending a weekend at Liberty, I knew it was the school for me. Liberty had an amazing atmosphere and a beautiful campus. Everyone there was so friendly and had great school spirit. I also knew that I would get a good education at Liberty. I had such a great time on my trip with all the girls. They all push each other to be better swimmers, but they are great friends outside of the pool. I know this team will do great things under Coach Jake and Coach Jessica and I cannot wait to be on Liberty's campus again, this time as a student-athlete."
Quote From Shellenberger: "Heather is a fantastic fit for Liberty and will provide an immediate impact in the middle distance freestyle events. With her height of 6-2, she has a lot of potential to improve and we cannot wait to have her on campus next year. Scott Ward at Eagle has done a great job preparing her for college level swimming and she comes into our conference scoring in the 500 and 1650."
Name: Morgan Noonan
Hometown: Watsonville, Calif.
High School: Monte Vista Christian High School
High School Coach: Brooke Lynch
Club: Cabrillo Threshers
Club Coach: Jim Triplett
Intended Major: Undecided
Honors and Highlights:
Placed 4th in the 100 breaststroke at CCS High School Championships
1st-place title in 200 meter breaststroke at the Purdue Invitational
High school record for the 100 and 200 breaststroke
4-time individual league champion
Best Times: 1:05.14 100 Breast, 2:21.36 200 Breast, 2:37.36 200 Breast LCM
Quote from Noonan: "I'm excited about going to Liberty because I know it is the perfect place for me! When I was on campus I felt at home even though I was over 2,000 miles away! Liberty has the perfect combination of fast Division I swimming along with a great Christian environment!"
Quote from Shellenberger: "We are thrilled to have Morgan join the Liberty family. Not only is she a great fit for our university, but she also provides an immediate impact in the breaststroke events and comes into our conference scoring top eight in both the 100 and 200 breast. Morgan is a summer Junior National qualifier in the long course 200 breast, and that is a testament to her work ethic and her training with Jim Triplett at the Cabrillo Threshers. We are excited to have our first California girl here at Liberty!"
Name: Victoria Tschoke
Hometown: Patchogue, N.Y.
High School: Apex High School, Apex, N.C.
High School Coach: Timothy Kane
Club: Raleigh Swimming Association
Club Coach: Kit Raulerson
Intended Major: Exercise science
Best Times: 56.37 100 backstroke, 2:01.42 200 backstroke, 2:06.48 200 IM, 1:06.48 100 backstroke LCM, 2:20.37 200 backstroke LCM
Quote from Tschoke: "I chose Liberty because I loved the fact that the campus was centered around Christ and I fell in love with the swimming program. I feel like Liberty is where I belong."
Quote from Shellenberger: "Jessica and I are thrilled to have Victoria enter our program next year. She is a fantastic fit for the school and comes into our conference scoring top eight in the 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM. Kit Raulerson, her club coach, does a fantastic job at Raleigh Swimming Association (RSA), and we have recruited a few of his student-athletes over the past three years. Victoria is our first RSA signee, and she will compete right away in the 200 IM and the backstroke events."