CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving, has announced the addition of 11 incoming freshmen for the 2012-13 season; Emily Bonfig, Kendall Crawford, Marlee Ehrlich, Shori Hijikata, Connie Hsu, Danielle Lee, Sherry Liu, Lulu Masclans, Margaret Ramsey, Daniela Suarez-Rebling and Orianna Wang. The 11-member class of 2016, which was ranked as the 16th-best recruiting class in the country by CollegeSwimming.com, combined to earn 16 All-America honors during its high school career and won a combined 19 individual state championships.
"Our incoming class not only adds depth to our program but also fills a few key areas by adding a sprint backstroker and bolstering our distance group," Morawski commented. "This is a very well rounded group of women who have continued to improve throughout summer. We're thrilled that they chose Harvard and excited to work with them this fall."
Class of 2016
Emily Bonfig, Diving, Maplewood, Minn.
Before Harvard: Five-year varsity letter at Woodbury High School … Three-time All-American, four-time All-State and five-time all-conference selection … Named team MVP as a junior and senior … 2011 AAU 16-18 Girls Platform National Champion and three-time AAU All-American … Six-time USA Diving Nationals qualifier … 2012 Woodbury High School Athena Award Winner … Member of the National Honor Society … Served as the fundraising chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund as a senior … Three-year member of the Woodbury Key Club and served as treasurer for two years … Volunteered as the Woodbury High School boys diving coach from 2010-2012 … Four-time academic letterer … Graduated with highest honors … Named an AP Scholar with Honor.
Kendall Crawford, Backstroke, Greenville, S.C.
Before Harvard: Five-year member of varsity swimming team … Voted team captain as a junior and senior … Six-time South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) State Champion … Holds SCHSL record for 100 backstroke … Four-time SCHSL All-State selection … Three-time South Carolina High Schools Sports Report All-State Team nominee … Four-time winner of the South Carolina Association of Women's Sports 1A Swimmer of the Year award … Nine-time school record holder … Voted MVP four out of five varsity seasons … Swam for Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club … Helped her club team to YMCA National Championships in 2011 and 2012 … Holds the YMCA national record in the 100 backstroke and three relays … Multiple-time YMCA National Champion … USA Swimming Nationals Qualifier … Qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team Trials … Three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … NISCA Academic All-American.
Marlee Ehrlich, Freestyle, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Before Harvard: Lettered in swimming all four years at Cherry Hill High School East … Named captain as a senior … Earned All-America honors in the 200 and 500 free as a junior and senior … Won New Jersey State Championships in the 200 and 500 free as a junior and senior … Earned All-South Jersey honors in the 200 and 500 free four straight years … Selected as team MVP all four years on varsity … Holds school records in the 200 and 500 free … Member of the Cum Laude Society in 2012 … Four-year Honor Roll selection … USA Swimming Academic All-American in 2010 and 2011.
Shori Hijikata, Butterfly/Breaststroke, Willoughby, Australia
Before Harvard: Participated in cross country, swimming and water polo while at Hornsby Girls' High School … Captained school swim team as a senior … Captained Lane Cove Swim Club for three years … Received the Pierre De Coubertin Award from the Australian Olympic Committee in 2010, named the Hornsby Girls' School's Sportswoman of the Year in 2011 and received the Hornsby Girls' School's Karyn Stanes Cup for Leadership in Sport in 2011 … Competed in the 2012 Australian Olympic Trials in five events, including the 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly, 50 breast and 100 breast … Three-year member of Australia's Youth Performance Squad Silver Level … Six-time Australian Age Championships qualifier and four-time Australian Open Championships qualifier … Won five medals at the New South Wales State All-Schools Championship from 2009-12 … Took gold in the 50 free relay and bronze in the 100 fly at the Australian School Swimming Championships in 2010 … Established 38 school records in her six years … Won the Caltex Award for All Around Excellence in 2011 … Served as the School Prefect for 2010-11 academic year… Also served as the Student Representative Council Executive from 2009-10 and as the Editor in Chief of the school magazine from 2010-11 … Involved in six different community service projects through 2010-2011, including Legacy Day, Red Cross Blood Drive, Multiple Sclerosis 24 Hour Mega Swim, International Women's Day, Cancer Council's Daffodil Day and Anglicare Christmas Appeal … Volunteer instructor for community "Learn to Swim" program … Mother, Junko Hijikata '90 attended Harvard Graduate School of Education … Younger brother, Kamiyu, is an open water swimmer at the national level.
Connie Hsu, Butterfly, Lombard, Ill.
Before Harvard: Two-year letterwinner at Glenbard South High School … Two-time team MVP and team captain as a senior … Earned All-America and All-State honors as a senior … Qualified for the Olympic Team Trials … Received Glenbard South's Academic-Athlete of the Year Award … Broke state record on club swim team … Also ran track for two years … Four-year Honor Roll selection … Class valedictorian … Two-time recipient of the Leadership in Band award … Four-year Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete Award winner … Four-year All-State Scholar … Member of the French Honors Society for three years … Volunteered with the Salvation Army for two years.
Danielle Lee, Freestyle/Backstroke, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Before Harvard: Four-year varsity letterwinner and four-time team MVP at Phoenix Country Day School … Named team captain as a senior … Named Swimmer of the Meet at high school state championships all four years … Also named Swimmer of the Year by Arizona Republic as a senior … Four-time All-American … Won eight individual state titles and holds seven school records … Also set three Division 1 records in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 back … Won Phoenix Country Day School's Most Outstanding Athlete Award in 2011 and 2012 … Volunteered at the John C. Lincoln Hospital from 2010-2011 … Coached for the Special Olympics from 2009-2012 … Part of Project Excellence as a teacher's assistant tutoring under-privileged students in the community.
Sherry Liu, Freestyle, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
Before Harvard: 2011 national champion in the 1,500 free … Placed second in the 800 free at the 2011 nationals … Member of the 2011 Pan American Games Senior National Team … Also a Member of the 2011 Canadian Junior National Team … Honor roll student all four years at Magee Secondary.
Lulu Masclans, Diving, Haddonfield, N.J.
Before Harvard: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Haddonfield Memorial High School … Four-time AAU Nationals Qualifier … Member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society … National Hispanic Scholar … Elected President of the Math Club as a senior … Also a member of the Model UN and DECA.
Margaret Ramsey, Freestyle, Carmel, Ind.
Before Harvard: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Carmel High School … Named team captain as a senior … Helped Carmel High School to four state championships, improving the school's streak to 26 straight state titles … Three-time All-America and All-State Honoree … Four-time all-conference selection … Indiana State Champion in the 500 free … Carmel Swim Club senior record holder in the 400 free … 2012 Olympic Team Trials qualifier … Named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American as a junior and senior … Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society … Named to the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for having the highest GPA on her team as a junior and senior … Four-time Carmel High School Scholar-Athlete … Founder, administrator and instructor for Aprender A Nadar, a learn to swim program designed specifically for Hispanic children in the Carmel community.
Daniela Suarez-Rebling, Freestyle, New York, N.Y.
Before Harvard: Four-year letterwinner at Lycee Francais de New York … Member of AGUA club swim team for seven years … Captained school swim team senior year … Participated on the Mexican Junior National Team at the 2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships (CCCAN) and the 2010 Central American and Mexican games in Guatemala … Won both a gold and silver medal at the CCCAN … Qualified for Eastern Zone Sectionals in 2009 … Selected as school swim team MVP in 2011 … Played cello in the school's orchestra from 2005-12 … Traveled with Medical Missions for Children to Peru … Performed community service in Guatemala … Worked at a daycare center for homeless children and orphans from 2010-2012 … Co-chair of a fundraiser for Mount-Sinai Hospital's Adolescent Center … Interned in the New York Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Room and the Brooklyn Hospital Center shadowing a neurosurgeon and a pediatrician … Member of the National Society of High School Scholars … Recipient of the 2010 Lycee Francais de New York Music Award and German Language Award … Four-year recipient of Prix d'Excellence Award … Peer tutor.
Orianna Wang, Freestyle, Upland, Calif.
Before Harvard: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Upland High School … Captained her team as a senior … Helped her high school team to a league championship in 2011 and the Southern California All-Stars to the North American Challenge Cup Championship … Competed at the Short Course Nationals and Long Course Junior Nationals in the 200 free … Placed second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) … Eight-time Baseline League champion … Earned All-America status as a senior … Holds school and pool records in the 200 and 500 freestyle … Scholastic All-American … U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competitor as a freshman … National AP Scholar … National Merit finalist … Member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation … Upland High School Distinguished Scholar … Volunteered at LeRoy Haynes Center for Autistic Children, San Antonio Community Hospital and Quidditch tournament for Megan's Wings Foundation.