Bears Receive Seven NLIs During Early Signing Period


Nov. 23, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State University swimming & diving head coach Dave Collins has announced that seven high school seniors have all signed National Letters of Intent this week during the early signing period.

The group, which consists of one diver and six swimmers, is set to enroll at MSU and join the Bears' swimming & diving program for the 2013-14 season.

Naresh Naik - Freestyle/Butterfly - Oklahoma City, Okla. - Edmond Memorial High
Naik will join MSU sophomores Paul Le and Isaac McKnight as a trio of male swimmers from Chesapeake Swim Club in Oklahoma. He is currently ranked as the No. 4 swimmer in the state by In one season at Edmond Memorial High School, he already owns the school record in the 100 fly, 100 back and 200 free. As a junior at the 2012 OSSAA Class 6A Swimming Championships, Naik was crowned state champion in the 100 free (46.83) and finished third in the 200 IM (1:54.22). He is a U.S. junior national qualifier in the 100 free and qualified for NCSA junior nationals in the 100, 200 and 500 free, 100 back, 100 and 200 fly and 200 IM. He also was named the 2012 Oklahoma 6A Swimmer of the Year, as well as the Joe Stocker Swimmer of the Year. Naik had to sit out his sophomore year after transferring from Heritage Hall following his freshman season.

Head Swimming & Diving Coach Dave Collins on Naik:
"We are thrilled to continue the tradition of signing the best talent in the state of Oklahoma. We feel the sky is the limit for Naresh. He has the tools and ability to be a very successful swimmer at the collegiate level. He also has the credentials to become an instant point scorer at the conference level and is someone we will be counting on from the day he steps on campus."

Brandon Weissman - Backstroke/IM - Chesterfield, Mo. - Parkway Central High
Weissman, a two-time U.S. junior national qualifier in the 200-meter backstroke, joins the Bears by way of the Parkway Swim Club. He is currently ranked as the No. 6 swimmer in the state of Missouri by He has received all-state honors all four years of his high school career at Parkway Central. He helped lead the Colts to four straight Suburban South Conference championships and top-three finishes at state his final three seasons. By the end of his Parkway Central career, Weissman took over the top three times in school history in the 500 free, 100 back and 200 IM. He is a two-time conference champion in the 200 IM and once in the 100 breast. As a senior captain at the 2012 MSHSAA Swimming Championships, he was a member of the Colts' first-place 200 medley and 400 free relays, while finishing fourth individually in the 200 IM (1:54.93) and tied for fourth in the 100 back (52.84). In 2011, he was a member of PCH's record-breaking 200 medley relay and finished top-eight in the 100 back (3rd) and 200 IM (8th). He was named the PCH Team MVP and also earned Parkway Swim Club "Most Improved" honors as a junior. He placed in the top-16 at state during his freshman and sophomore seasons in the 200 IM and 500 free. Academically, Weissman was named to the 2012 USA Swimming Scholastic All American team for his efforts in both the pool and classroom.

Head Swimming & Diving Coach Dave Collins on Weissman:
"Brandon is a very talented up-and-comer from the state of Missouri. What is exciting about Brandon is the range of events he is capable of swimming. He is a junior national level backstroker, and is also a talented IMer and distance swimmer. His reputation of being a hard worker is just as exciting to us as his current best times because we know he will make his teammates better as well as himself."

CeCe Etter - Butterfly/IM - Manchester, Mo. - Parkway South High
Etter will add strength in several events next year for the Bears and comes to Missouri State from Parkway South, where she was mentored by Sara Gerth. She is currently ranked as the No. 5 swimmer in the state of Missouri by As a junior, Etter swam with Jack Madden and Colin Kennedy at Parkway Swim Club and made appearances at the summer and spring Region VIII sectional meets. In March, she qualified for the A-Final at sectionals in the 400-meter IM and was a member of PSC's relays. Etter is a two-time team MVP for Parkway South and was a finalist at the MSHSAA state meet in 2011 in the 200 IM (12th) and 100 back (7th), in addition to 2010 where she placed ninth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 back.

Head Swimming & Diving Coach Dave Collins on Etter:
"The great thing about her as an athlete is that she is very diverse in what she can swim. She has a lot of areas where she can contribute on our team and so that being the case, she's going to have an immediate impact on what we do during her freshman year. She has a terrific attitude towards swimming that will rub off on the rest of the team and make us better as a whole."

Shawna Elsey - Freestyle/Backstroke - Olathe, Kan. - Olathe East High
Elsey comes to Missouri State from Olathe East High, where she is coached by David Youker. Away from high school swimming, she is a member of the Kansas City Blazers swim club and previously swam with KC Swim Academy. She is a six-time finalist at the KSHSAA state meet and has garnered all-league, all-metro, all-city and all-state honors in her first three seasons with the Hawks. Last spring, Elsey was state runner-up in the 100 free (53.06) and picked up a bronze medal in the 50 free. Her sophomore season she helped rewrite the 200 and 400 free relays and finish fourth in both the 50 and 100 free at KSHSAA championships. While placing fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free at state as a freshman, she also set the Olathe East record in the 50 free. In 2011, she was named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American team.

Head Swimming & Diving Coach Dave Collins on Elsey:
We're very excited to sign Shawna. I think what she's going to be able to do is come in and give us some real depth at the sprint and middle distance freestyle events. With sprints being an area of weakness on our current team, she is going to be able to come in and improve that area from day one. She has a lot of experience and she is going to really bring that and firm up those freestyle events.

Briana Horozewski - Breaststroke/IM - Dousman, Wis. - Kettle Moraine High
Horozewski, a two-time NSCA junior national qualifier, swims for Waukesha Express Swim Team and lettered all four years for Kettle Moraine High. Ranked as the No. 24 recruit in the state of Wisconsin by, she is a four-time state finalist in both the 200 IM and 100 breast. During her senior campaign, she finished ninth and swam a lifetime best in the 200 IM (2:08.09) and placed 12th in the 100 breast. Her highest finish at the Wisconsin state meet came as a junior when she took home fifth place in the 200 IM. In 2010, Horozewski finished seventh in the 200 IM and eighth in the 100 breast with a career best (1:06.86).

Head Swimming & Diving Coach Dave Collins on Horozewski:
"Brianna signed with us coming off of a real good performance at the Wisconsin state high school meet. She had a real nice 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, and again those are areas that we are pretty strong in the conference, but we want to continue that momentum. She has a great work ethic and great swimming background, so that will help us to continue the momentum in those events."

Lauren Pavel - Breaststroke/IM - Omaha, Neb. - Skutt Catholic High
Pavel joins the Bears by way of Skutt Catholic High School and Greater Omaha Aquatics (GOAL), which is the same club team that produced sophomore Caleb Schuermann. Ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Nebraska, Pavel is coming off a successful run at the state championship meet as a junior. She was a finalist in both the 200 IM (6th) and 100 breast (5th) and helped lead the SkyHawks to a fourth-place finish in the 400 free relay. This past summer, she was crowned Midwest Region champion in the 200-meter breaststroke. The three-year letterwinner at Skutt also holds club records at GOAL in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

Head Swimming & Diving Coach Dave Collins on Pavel:
"The town of Omaha has been good to Missouri State and we are excited to have Lauren join us. She has very nice IM ability and she is going to be able to jump right into the breaststroke events and be a big contributor at the conference level. Breaststroke events have been a strength for us at the conference meet and we are looking to continue that. We will look for Lauren to step in and help replace our current breaststroke talent and keep the momentum going within the conference."

Alexis Skiniotes - Diving - New Lennox, Ill. - Lincoln-Way West High
Skiniotes, the lone diving signee for the fall signing period, comes from New Lennox, Ill., where she competed for Lincoln-Way West High School. At the club level, she competes for Windy City Diving under the direction of coach Susan Bromberg and has experience on both the 1- and 3-meter boards. She is a three-time IHSA state qualifier and finished 15th overall as a senior this year. With Windy City Diving, Skiniotes has qualified for the USA Diving Spring & Summer Region 5 championships each season from 2010-12. In 2010, she dove at the AAU Diving National Championships.

Head Diving Coach Jim Huelskamp on Skiniotes:
"Alexis is a competitor and will bring a strong work ethic with her to Missouri State. She has had a great year and that is evident with her first-place finish at sectionals in Illinois. Alexis will be a contributor on both boards as well as academically. I look forward to working with her and getting her to the next level."



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