May 10, 2013
Fall Signing Release
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State head swimming & diving coach Dave Collins announced the addition of four athletes to round out the women's 2013 recruiting class on Friday (May 10). Joining the Bears in the fall will be Anna Bump (West Des Moines, Iowa), Jillian Odom (Novi, Mich.), Quincy Howell (Bixby, Okla.) and Nina Privitera (Lee's Summit, Mo.).
Bump and Howell joined the mix this spring to give the MSU women six incoming freshman swimmers to work with in August. The Bears also bolstered their diving depth by picking up three recruits, one of which sealed the deal in November during the early signing period.
"I would say this is one of the more balanced recruiting classes we have had in the last few years as far as total events covered," said Collins. "I am equally excited about the academic background these student-athletes bring. They will have the opportunity to extend a wonderful tradition of excellence in the pool and classroom as we look to continue our streak of conference championships and Scholar All-American team awards."
Collins, who will begin his second full year as head coach in 2013-14, believes that this recruiting class addressed many needs and will work to replace the quality seniors graduating this year.
"It is awesome to see how excited this group is to join us in August," Collins added. "Every time I speak with them, I can just feel the energy and anticipation they have for their freshman year at Missouri State."
Anna Bump Sprint Freestyle/Breaststroke West Des Moines, Iowa Dowling Catholic High School
Bump will join the Bears after helping guide Dowling Catholic (Iowa) High to a 26-5-2 dual-meet record in four years under head coach Dan Lake. Ranked as Iowa's seventh-best recruit for 2013 by CollegeSwimming.com, Bump is a DCHS record holder in the 50 free (24.44) as well as three school-record relays including the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free. She earned first team all-state honors as a senior and received NISCA All-America consideration as part of the state champion 200 medley relay. Individually, Bump registered her highest finishes at the Iowa state meet placing sixth in the 50 free and 100 fly.
Jillian Odom Diving Novi, Mich. Novi High School
Odom comes to Missouri State after lettering all four years in diving at Novi (Mich.) High School. She qualified for the MSHAA Division I state meet for the first time as a senior and recorded a personal-best finish (19th) with a score of 244.80. The three-time Novi Scholar-Athlete award winner also had personal bests at conference and regionals in 2012.
Quincy Howell Backstroke/IM Bixby, Okla. Homeschool
Coached by David Lynn at SwimTulsa, Howell qualified for the 2013 Spring Sectional meet in Jenks, Okla. and was a finalist in the 200-yard backstroke (2:08.37). She holds four short-course meter (SCM) age-group records in Oklahoma including the 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 IM set in 2008, along with the 400 IM in 2010. The homeschooled athlete ranked as Oklahoma's seventh-best recruit, according to CollegeSwimming.com.
Nina Privitera Diving Lee's Summit, Mo. Lee's Summit West High School
Privitera, who began diving competitively as a sophomore, lettered and qualified for state all three years at Lee's Summit West (Mo.) High School. Coached by Jeff Mix, Privitera was a two-time conference champion and earned all-state honors with an eighth-place finish on 1-meter at the 2013 MSHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving Championships. As a senior captain, she bettered her 6-dive school record with a personal best score of 377.20. The former competitive gymnast took 10th in the state meet as a junior with a school-record 364.65 points.