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Eighteen Talented Swimmers and Divers Comprise Tritons' Freshman Class

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have received the commitment of accomplished scholar-athletes who have come to La Jolla for the 2019-20 season. 

“We’re thankful that we have such a big class of incoming freshmen joining us in La Jolla this fall,” said Head Coach Marko Djordjevic. “They are all incredibly important parts of our team as well as the big picture of what we’re trying to create for the future of our program.”

These swimmers and divers join Juli Arzave, George Liu, Katja Pavicevic, and Francesca Falzon Young in comprising the 2019-20 freshman class. Learn more about these four early signees here

Will Blake

Hometown: La Crescenta, Calif.

Previous School: Crescenta Valley High School

Club Team: Rose Bowl Aquatics

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Will is a great swimmer who’s coming from Rose Bowl Aquatics. He had an impressive summer and is going to be a great addition to our program.” 

-Won the 400 free and 400 medley relays at Winter Juniors (2018)

-Was the Crescenta Valley High School MVP for three years

-Won the CIF Division III as a senior


Cade Brower

Hometown: Stevenson Ranch, Calif.

Previous School: West Ranch High School

Club Team: Canyons Aquatic Club, Southern California Swimming

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “We’re so happy to have Cade as part of the team. In addition to his talent, we’re proud that he continues the Brower family legacy in the UC San Diego program.”

-MVP and Captain of West Ranch High School team

-Four-year CIF qualifier and varsity swimmer

-National Honors Society member and Honors Athletic Reward recipient (earned a 4.0 GPA while playing a varsity sport)


Katie Capelli

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.

Previous School: Pioneer High School

Club Team: Club Wolverine

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Katie is an amazing student-athlete coming from Michigan. We are incredibly happy to create this connection and pipeline with her program and we’re fortunate to have such a great Michigan swimmer on the Triton team.”

-Two-time Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) All-State swimmer

-Two-time Pioneer High School women’s MVP swimmer

-Scholar-athlete award winner


Sophie Francis

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Previous School: Charlotte Country Day School

Club Team: SwimMAC Carolina

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Sophie is a top-notch out of state sprinter from North Carolina. She was one of our first commitments and we’re excited to have her in La Jolla.”

-Three-time North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) state champion (twice in 50 freestyle, once in 100 free)

-Two-time North Carolina state champion

-Junior National qualifier

-Scholastic All-American


Lance Freiman

Hometown: Dexter, Mich.

Previous School: Phillips Academy

Club Team: Dexter Community Aquatics Club, Phoenix Swimming

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Lance is our second incoming freshman from Michigan, and we love to see that out-of-state representation. He is a very strong flyer and I know he is going to be a huge help to the team.”

-Easterns champion and record holder in the 100 butterfly (2019)

-New England champion and record holder in the 100 fly (2019)

-National record holder in the 200 SCM medley relay

-US Open qualifier and Winter National qualifier


Josh He

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Previous School: Cathedral Catholic High School

Club Team: Rancho San Dieguito

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Joshua is a local student-athlete from San Diego. We’re excited that he chose to bring his talents to La Jolla and are looking forward to having him on campus.”

-Double CIF San Diego Division II Champion in 200 IM and 100 Breast (2018, 2019)

-Former San Diego Section record holder as a part of the 200 Medley Relay

-Three-time Cathedral Catholic MVP and 2019 team captain

-Winter and Summer Junior National qualifier, Winter National qualifier, and US Open qualifier


Justin Morsch

Hometown: Saugus, Calif.

Previous School: Saugus High School

Club Team: Canyons Aquatic Club

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Justin is one of two incoming freshmen coming from Canyons Aquatic Club and we’re excited to have that connection with such a strong program. I know he’s going to be a great addition to the Triton program.”

-Winter Junior National qualifier

-Named the Saugus High School Male Athlete of the Year (2019)

-Finished 11th in the 100 free at the California State Championships (2019)

-Was a Scholastic All-American, AP Scholar with Distinction, and held a 4.61 GPA


Kyland Parenti

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Previous School: Whitney High School

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Kyland is a talented diver and we know he’ll bring a lot to our diving program. He’s had consistently great experience throughout his diving career.”

-Placed first at the Sac-Joaquin Diving Sections Championships

-Named Best Aquatics Athletes at Whitney High School (2018)

-Competed at the CIF State Championships (2017, 2018, 2019)


Isabella Perez

Hometown: Glendora, Calif.

Previous School: Glendora High School

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “We’re very excited to have Isabella in our diving program. We know we’ll see great things from her because she’s already performed so well during her career.” 

-First Team All-League diver (2018)

-Competed in the CIF Finals (2018, 2019)


Grant Reeves

Hometown: Rochester, Minn.

Previous School: Mayo High School

Club Team: Med-City Aquatics, Rochester Swim Club

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Grant is strong as both a backstroker and a flyer. We are very fortunate to have him in our program and we’re looking forward to having him on campus.”

-Individual champion in the 100 backstroke (2016-19), 200 medley relay (2017-19), and 200 IM (2018-19) for the Big 9 Conference

-Individual champion in the 100 back (2017-19), 200 medley relay (2018-19), and 200 IM (2018-19) for Minnesota Section 1AA

-All-State recognition (2017, 2018, 2019)

-Student body Vice President and Designated School Spirit Leader (2018-19)


Miranda Renner

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous School: Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Club Team: Philippine Swimming Inc., Gators Swim Club

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Miranda is going to be a great addition to our team. She has gotten incredible experience with the Philippine National Team and we’re excited to have such a talented international swimmer.”

-Swam at the Junior Worlds with the Philippine National Team (2017)

-Competed at the PanPacs with the Philippine National Team (2018)

-Recorded Winter Junior cuts (2017, 2018)

-Graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program and earned an Academic All-America award


Davis Taylor

Hometown: Mission Viejo, Calif.

Previous School: Trabuco Hills High School

Club Team: Mission Viejo Nadadores

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “We’re excited to continue our relationship with Mission Viejo Nadadores and having Davis join the Triton family. We are confident that we’re going to see a lot of great things from him during his time in La Jolla.”

-Placed first at the Futures Championship in the 400 IM (2019)

-All-American in the 500 free (2019)

-Finalist at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Iowa

-Was a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American


Aneta Wyzga

Hometown: Bellevue, Wash.

Previous School: Bellevue High School

Club Team: Bellevue Club Swim Team

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Aneta is a fantastic addition to our middle distance and sprint program. We’re excited to see everything she brings to our program.”

-Individual WIAA State Champion in the 500 freestyle (2017)

-Individual WIAA State Champion in the 200 freestyle (2018)

-All American Consideration Qualifier in the 200 and 500 freestyle

-Winter National Qualifier in the long course 200 freestyle


Valerie Yue

Hometown: Hong Kong

Previous School: Victoria Shanghai Academy

Club Teams: Happy Valley Athletic Assoc., Hong Kong Swimming Federation

Coach Djordjevic’s thoughts: “Valerie is coming from Hong Kong and we know that she’s going to be an important part of our team. She’s going to be a great addition to our group of backstrokers.” 

-Selected and competed in the 17th ISF Gymnasiade in Morocco (2018)

-Competed in the Second National Youth Games 

-Medalist at the eighth and ninth Asian Age Group Swimming Championships


UC San Diego’s 2019-20 academic year will begin on Sept. 23. To learn more about these swimmers and divers, click here to read their bios.


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