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Canisius men’s swimming and diving team adds 13 to 2018-19 roster


Canisius head men's swimming and diving coach Scott Vanderzell announced Saturday that the program will add 13 new student-athletes to the 2018-19 roster. 

The 13-member incoming class features Mason Adams (Marilla, N.Y.)Christian Balkin (Buffalo, N.Y)Jordan Warner Chatelle (Amherst, N.Y.)Gavin Coughlan (Glens Falls, N.Y.)Garrett Grear (Rochester, N.Y.),Kyle Kimerer (Boardman, Ohio)Michael Maurer (Hamburg, N.Y.)Liam O'Connell (Hamburg, N.Y.),Jordan Read (Las Vegas, Nev.)Tyler Regelsberger (Rochester, N.Y.)Tyler Smith (Greece, N.Y.),Connor Way and AJ Yost (Mexico, N.Y.).

The Golden Griffins won a program record seven meets in 2017-18 and posted 413.5 points en route to a fourth-finish at the 2018 MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships, which were held in Buffalo.

Mason Adams | 5-9 | Marilla, N.Y. | Iroquois 
Before Canisius

  • Three-year member of the Iroquois Choppers
  • Four-time Section VI championship qualifier
  • Two-time Section VI finalist
  • Son of Lisa and Colin Adams
  • Has two siblings, Morgan and Marshall
  • Majoring in business
Christian Balkin| 6-0 | Buffalo, N.Y. | Canisius High School
Before Canisius

  • Four-year member of the Canisius High School swim team
  • Named team co-captain his senior season
  • State qualifier in the 200-Free Relay in two years
  • Son of Carolyn and Dan Balkin
  • Has one sister, Leah
  • Majoring in computer science
Jordan Warner Chatelle | 5-9 | Amherst, N.Y.| Sweet Home
Before Canisius

  • Four-year member of the Sweet Home H.S. Swim team
  • Served as a team captain in his senior season
  • A two-time team MVP
  • Also lettered as a member of the Sweet Home tennis and volleyball teams
  • Son of Ginny and Michael Chatelle
  • Has two brothers, Justin and Johnathan
  • Majoring in biology
Gavin Coughlan| 5-10 | Glens Falls, N.Y. | Queensbury
Before Canisius

  • Six-year member of the Queensbury swimming program
  • The team's MVP in 2018, he was also a two-time team captain
  • 2018 Section 2 Champion
  • Member of the Queensbury varsity soccer team as well
  • Son of Susan and Richard Coughlan
  • Has two brothers, Oliver and Colin
  • Brother Colin is a member of the diving team at Binghamton
  • Majoring in physical education
Garrett Frear | 5-10 | Rochester, N.Y. | Eastridge 
Before Canisius

  • Four-year member of the Eastridge Swim program
  • 2018 MVP and varsity team captain
  • 2017 and 2018 All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention
  • 2017 and 2018 all-county first team honoree
  • Son of Carol and Dave Frear
  • Has two siblings, Becky and Kyle
  • Majoring in health and wellness

Kyle Kimerer | 5-11 |Boardman, Ohio | Youngstown Boardman 
Before Canisius

  • Four-year member of the Youngstown Boardman swim team
  • Two-time state qualifier
  • Three-year AAC and NEAC First-Team selection
  • Four-time Northeast Ohio first-team honoree
  • Son of Patricia and Kerry Kimerer
  • Majoring in accounting
Michael Maurer | 5-11 | Hamburg, N.Y. | Hamburg
Before Canisius

  • Four-year member of the Hamburg swim team
  • Named team MVP after his sophomore and junior seasons
  • A two-time team captain
  • Son of Dorothy and Michael Maurer
  • Majoring in accounting
Liam O'Connell | 6-1 | Hamburg, N.Y. | Hamburg
Before Canisius

  • Six-year member of the Hamburg swim team
  • Two-time team captain
  • 2017 Section VI champion in the 500-Free
  • State Qualifier in the 200-Free, 500-Free and 400-Free Relay
  • Son of Diane and Scott O'Connell
  • Has two older siblings, Emmett and Maggie
  • His aunt, Kelly O'Connell, swam at Niagara University
Jordan Read | 5-8 | Las Vegas, Nev. | Palo Verde
Before Canisius

  • Three-year member of the Palo Verde swim program
  • Nine-year member of Team Rebel Aquatics
  • Served as a team captain 
  • Participated in the Junior Olympics from 2010-18 with Team Rebel Aquatics
  • Son of Janelle and John Read
  • Has two siblings, Joseph and Jessica
  • Majoring in digital media arts
Tyler Regelsberger | 6-2 | Rochester, N.Y. | Churchville-Chili 
Before Canisius

  • Three-year member of the Churchville Chili swim team
  • Two-time All-Greater Rochester selection
  • Division II swimmer of the year
  • Son of Christine and Todd Regelsberger
  • Has one sister, Emily
  • Majoring in accounting
Tyler Smith | 6-0 | Greece, N.Y. | Greece Athena
Before Canisius                                                            

  • Five-year member of the Greece Storm swimming team
  • 12-year member of the Victor Swim Club
  • Earned all-county honors two times
  • A three-time all-league honoree
  • Son of Keena and John Smith
  • Has two brothers, Kyle and Connor
  • Majoring in entrepreneurship
AJ Yost | 5-9 | Mexico, N.Y. | Mexico Academy 
Before Canisius                                                            

  • Four-year member of the Mexico Academy swimming team
  • Honored as a first-team all-league selection in 2017 and 2018
  • Served as a team captain in his junior and senior seasons
  • A member of the Section III championship team in 2017 and 2018
  • Son of Kathy and Tony Yost
  • Has two sisters, Meghan and Caprice
  • Majoring in entrepreneurship

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