Shippensburg University head women’s swimming coach Tim Verge has confirmed the recruitment of five student-athletes who have each agreed to attend the university and will suit up for the Raider program in the fall.
“What a wonderful group of people we have set to join us for next year,” Verge said. “We certainly hope to add more, but this is just such a tremendous early signing period for us. I am so excited and humbled that they have trusted Shippensburg University and our program with their futures.”
Verge mentioned that he has enjoyed getting to know the recruits and their families, noting that there are some interesting SHIP connections with some of the newcomers.
“They are fantastic students first and foremost, which will help us continue our outstanding academic track record” Verge said. “From a swimming perspective, every one of them is capable of scoring for us at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships, so it is a very talented group.”
These individuals have signed either national letters of intent (NLIs) or institutional letters expressing their desire to swim at Shippensburg. This year’s recruiting class, at this point, features five women from Pennsylvania.
“While it seems like September 2023 is far off, I am so excited to get to work with them and have them integrate into our team and learn from our wonderful group of returning swimmers,” Verge said.
Hempfield High School: Swims at the varsity level for the Black Knights under head coach Casey Lear…competes at the club level with Five Star Swim Club for coach Mark Daum…finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle at the league championships as a junior…earned a 12th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle at the district championships as a junior…contributed to a 400-yard freestyle relay that finished second at the league championships and ninth at the district championships…achieved a fourth-place finish in the 200 free and a third-place finish in the 500 free at YMCA States…attended Junior Olympics for the 50-yard backstroke in 2016 and attended YOTA…was a member of the honor roll.
About Fabian: Full name is Carol Madeline Fabian…is the daughter of Shawn and Marsha Fabian…has two sisters and one brother…has three members of her near and extended family who are SU graduates.
Coach Verge on Fabian: “Carol was the earliest commit we’ve ever had! She pretty much decided after one visit last spring that this was the place for her. There are some fun connections to SHIP in her past but she will definitely make her own mark. She is strong in a wide range of events, and I am excited to see what the future holds for her. We are lucky to have her with us.”
Springfield High School: Swims at the varsity level for the Cougars under head coach Tina Locke…competes at the club level with Ridley Area YMCA Swimming (RAYS) under coach Erik Nelson…earned All-Central League Second Team honors as a junior and All-Central League honorable mention as a sophomore and freshman…contributed to a team that won a high school district championship…also competed at YMCA Nationals…maintains a 4.0 GPA.
About Kubiak: Full name is Michelle Dolores Kubiak.
Coach Verge on Kubiak: “Michelle seemed to have a soft spot for SHIP right from the start. She has the ability to be successful in a variety of events and I think she is just starting to scratch the surface of what she is capable of achieving. She connected really well with the team on her visits with her personality. To say I feel fortunate she picked SHIP is an understatement.”
Lansdale, Pa./North Penn
North Penn High School: Swims at the varsity level for the Knights under head coach Jeff Faikish…competes at the club level with North Penn Aquatic Club (NPAC) under coaches Faikish and Lisa McClay…is a three-time district championships qualifier in the 100-yard breaststroke…also competes in water polo…is a four-year honor roll student and a member of the distinguished honor roll and the National Spanish Honor Society.
About Shaw: Full name is Charlee Shaw…is the daughter of Chuck and Denise Shaw…has a brother, Nevin.
Coach Verge on Shaw: “Charlee is also someone who really seemed to be connected to us from the start. There is a lot she can accomplish here in our program. I think she will blossom with the environment we can create for her, especially with the strength work we do. We are quite thrilled to have her decide that SHIP is the best fit for her future as a student and athlete.”
Hempfield High School: Swims at the varsity level for the Black Knights under head coach Casey Lear…competes at the club level for Lancaster YMCA Lightning under coach Gwyn Atkinson…is a three-time PIAA District 3 Championships qualifier…earned a bronze medal in the 100-yard backstroke at the Lancaster-Lebanon (LL) League Championships as a junior…maintains superior honors with a 3.83 GPA.
About Schweigert: Full name is Caroline Elena Schweigert…is the daughter of Keith Schweigert and Mary Beth Budnyk…has a sibling, Wilson…her aunt, Emily Budnyk-Putt ’00 is a six-time All-American in cross country and track & field and a member of the SU Athletics Hall of fame…grandparents Peter ’71 and Carolyn ’72 Budnyk are SU graduates.
Coach Verge on Schweigert: “There are quite a few strong connections to SHIP in Caroline’s family. I am so excited that she is going to continue that tradition and develop her own legacy. From my interactions with her, I can say without a doubt that she’ll be a wonderful asset to the SHIP community and our program. She has some exciting swimming ahead. I can’t wait to work with her.”
Dallas High School: Swims at the varsity level for the Mountaineers under head coach Romayne Mosier…received All-State honorable mention with her school’s 200-yard freestyle relay…was a PIAA State Championships qualifier in the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay…named an All-Star…is a member of the National Honor Society.
About Sitkowski: Full name is Olivia Sitkowski…is the daughter of Rob and Lisa Sitkowski…has two brothers, Jackson and Ryan, and a sister, Alli…brother Ryan is a guitarist in the band Motionless in White…sister Alli ’23 and family members Lisa Myslak Sitkowski ‘99 are SU graduates.
Coach Verge on Sitkowski: “When I first met Olivia she was wearing an old school rock shirt, Rolling Stones I believe, so I knew we’d connect extremely well! I am thrilled she is continuing her family history at SHIP. Her personality is so energetic. Athletically, she is going to really benefit from our strength training and has a lot of strong swimming on her horizon.”