BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's swimming program announced today the signing of four swimmers to its program for the 2010-11 campaign.
The new signees are Gregory Penny (Mustang, Okla.), Joaquin Longoria (Houston, Texas), Matthew Johnson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Rafael Bertholo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
On Greg Penny's signing, Head Coach Rafael Forti commented, "Greg is a great guy with a promising college swimming career. He has a lot of untouched potential to be developed, but he already presents himself as someone who will come in and help us right away. He will add depth to our individual medley, breaststroke, and relay events."
Forti plans on having Greg race in as many events as possible in order to find which events he will excel at the most.
Joaquin Longoria joins the program after swimming for four years at MacArthur High School in Texas.
"I am happy to have Joaquin joining our school and program. He will bring much needed depth to our sprint freestyle events likewise our freestyle relay teams. I know he will work hard to adapt to the college level quickly and to help us continue improving," stated Forti.
Longoria was voted the team captain his last two seasons at MacArthur High.
Also joining the Union Swimming program, after a short stint at Darton College, is Matthew Johnson.
Head Coach Forti also commented on Johnson's signing. "I am happy to have Matthew joining our squad. He brings much needed depth to our distance freestyle events. As a junior, he will also bring experience at the collegiate level including national appearances on his past two years in college. I know he will do well at Union College."
Johnson brings with him 14-years of swimming experience to Union, as well as a seventh place finish in the 1650 freestyle at the 2010 NJCAA National Championships.
Coach Forti feels Matthew's ability to swim the long events will be extremely helpful for the Bulldogs in the coming seasons.
Rounding out the last of the four new signee's is the brother of Roberto Bertholo, Jr., Rafael Bertholo.
"I am very happy to have Rafael joining our program," commented Rafael Forti. "He brings in a lot of swimming experience as well as a very good training and competition background. He will make a considerable positive impact on our middle distance freestyle and individual medley events right way."
Forti feels the four latest signee's to his already impressive 2010 recruiting class will pay off for Union in both the short and long run.