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Following a highly successful fall recruiting season, Dartmouth College swimming and diving announces the beginning of another phenomenal incoming class for next season. Jim Wilson, longtime head coach for Dartmouth's program is very excited to welcome these student-athletes to the team and to the Dartmouth community: "With a strong up-and-coming team already this season, the '15's are a tremendous addition, as the class is talented and balanced, providing more fire-power to an already deep and accomplished lineup. We believe that these freshmen will blend with our upperclassmen perfectly. Their goals are consistent with our vision for the future of the program, and we expect this group to enable us to achieve new heights of success within the Ivy League and national levels."

The Dartmouth women's team graduates a relatively small, but highly successful class this spring. This group of seniors has been consistent in achieving success for the Big Green, accounting for six varsity records and multiple appearances as Ivy League Championship finalists, so the '15's have big shoes to fill. Coach Wilson is confident that they are up to the task.

Sasha Alcon (Fremont, California), from the Pleasanton Seahawks, is well versed in life at Dartmouth, as her brother, Andre Alcon, graduated in 2010. As part of the Pacific Swimming Olympic Training Center camp and the Pacific Swimming All Star Team, Sasha has been part of high level training and racing throughout the western United States. She is a junior national qualifier in fly and sprint free events, and has competed on relays at USAS National Championships. Sasha will have an instant impact on Dartmouth's continued sprint success and will be an integral part of some of the top relays in the Ivy League.

Coach Wilson on Alcon: "Sasha is an Ivy finalist-caliber sprint freestyle and butterfly swimmer with incredible underwater skills and the ability to go from 50 to 500 free with ease. She is a great addition to Dartmouth and Ivy League Swimming."

Ariana "Ari" Berg (Peachtree City, Georgia) makes a return trip to New Hampshire, having lived across the state in Dover during her younger years. She swims for the Southern Crescent Aquatic Team and enjoys playing waterpolo in the off-season. As a three-season co-captain for McIntosh High School girl's swim team, Ari has amassed several All-American accolades in the breaststroke and in the IM. She is a USAS Nationals qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and currently owns an NCAA consideration qualifying time in the 100 breast (1:02.89). She is also an accomplished violinist and academic All-American.

Coach Wilson on Berg: "Ari will enter freshman year as one of the top breaststroke swimmers in the Ivy League with the potential to qualify for NCAA Championships and Olympic Trials in her first year. She will be a major key to our team's success over her career and has shown that she has tremendous potential in a variety of events."

Amber Jenkins (Frisco, Texas) swims for the City of Plano Swimmers, as a breaststroke and IM specialist. A multi-time Texas high school State Championship finalist and All-American breaststroker, Amber and her Frisco High School teammates currently own the Texas state record in the 200 Medley Relay.

Coach Wilson on Jenkins: "Amber comes to Dartmouth from a nationally renowned club program with elite level coaches. She will be a great addition to the team, both in terms of her training background and with her strength and versatility, especially enriching our breaststroke and IM groups. Amber considered several of our rival teams in her college search and we are very pleased to welcome her to Dartmouth."

Nicolina "Nina" Mascia (Raleigh, North Carolina) swims for the Raleigh Swimming Association. Coming from an outstanding club swimming background, she is a versatile sprint and middle-distance swimmer, excelling in both the freestyle and butterfly. She is currently the varsity captain of the Cardinal Gibbons High School girl's swim team and was the most valuable swimmer last year, the conference swimmer of the year and a high school All-American.

Coach Wilson on Mascia: "As a freestyle competitor, Nina can span the 100 to the 500 very well and is an excellent butterfly swimmer with championship final potential at Ivies. Her high school times rank her among some of the best in the league and she is joining one of the league's most competitive fly squads, sure to push her to great success." Lindsay Tyler (Darien, Connecticut) swims for the Darien YMCA Piranha Swim Team, swimming a variety of events with emphasis on backstroke, IM and mid-distance freestyle. Along with junior national qualifying times, Tyler also holds 13 club records in Darien and owns two Connecticut State titles.

An outstanding student, she has received academic awards from the Harvard Club, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Gettysburg College Book Award. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and is also an accomplished violinist. Coach Wilson on Tyler: "Lindsay has the talent, the attitude and the intellect to be very successful within the Ivy League. She will be a great addition to our backstroke squad next year, but also valuable in IM and on our relays. Her contagious excitement and positive approach to training and achieving highly-set goals will complement DWSD perfectly." Similarly, the men graduate a relatively small class this spring, with four men departing the Green. The men have reloaded with a crop of Californians, along with guys from Boston and Chicago, all entering their freshman year as strong Ivy League competitors.

Bill Cobau (Whittier, California) swims for Swim Pasadena and is the Southern California High School 500 free champion, a national's qualifier and a Junior National finalist in the backstroke. He currently owns the La Serna High School varsity record in the 500 free, 100 back and 100 fly, and is ranked 11th in the nation in the 200 backstroke. Possibly more impressive than his swimming accomplishments is his title as the three-time champion of the La Serna High School pumpkin pie-eating contest.

Coach Wilson on Cobau: "Bill is a strong young man with so much potential to continue to gain speed and power as he matures. Already, he will enter freshman year as an Ivy finals contender in both backstrokes and the 500 free. He will also be a great addition to the Dartmouth relays, and our current sprint squad. We are really excited to work with Bill next season."

Konrad von Moltke (Kenilworth, Illinois) swims for the New Trier Swim Club as one of Illinois' top senior swimmers. He excels as a breaststroke competitor and in the IM, and is a four-time All-American in addition to playing high school water polo and lacrosse. He currently owns the Illinois state record in the 200 medley relay and competed at this year's Junior National Championships.

Coach Wilson on von Moltke: "Konrad is a key piece to our success next year. As a consistent sub 1:00 breaststroker, he adds instant speed to our medley relays and will be very competitive among many breaststrokers around the league. With the graduation of Marco Chu, Konrad also fills the 200 IM roll quite well. We are very pleased that Konrad chose Dartmouth and look forward to his swimming and personal contributions to the team next year."

Cameron Price (Irvine, California) swims for the Aquazot Swim Club and competed in last summer's Junior National Championships just down the street from his house in Irvine, California in the 400 IM and 200 breaststroke. He has been a Southern CIF finalist in each of his three high school seasons and holds the current league record in the 500 free. A typical Californian, he grew up surfing, playing guitar, singing and spending time on the beach.

Coach Wilson on Price: "Fast and versatile, Cameron will fill several roles for us next year. He will have one of the strongest young IM squads in the league to train with, helping each other reach the next level of Ivy competition. As a competitor in the breaststroke, he will provide consistency and strength in individual events and relays, and he has a nice 500 free in-season as well."

Diving Coach, Chris Hamilton is ecstatic about signing two of the nation's most accomplished young divers to carry on the tradition of diving success at Dartmouth.

Ethan Canty (Sunnyvale, California) dives for the Stanford Diving Club in Palo Alto, California. He is a multiple-time USA Diving national championships qualifier and finished third on platform, 17th on 3-meter, and 12th on 1-meter at the 2010 Age-Group National Championships.

Ryan Shelley (Sudbury, Massachusetts) dives for ZAP Diving in the Boston area. He is the 2010 AAU 3-Meter National Champion, 2009 and 2010 MIAA Division I State Champion and a 2010 All-American.

Coach Hamilton on Canty and Shelley: "This is the first time in 11 years that I have brought in two male recruited divers together in one class. Both bring extensive successful competitive backgrounds from US Diving and AAU Diving. Having both of them for the next four years here at Dartmouth will make Dartmouth diving one of the top programs in the Ivy League. Having them competing against each other everyday in practice, along with returners, sophomore Ben Weill and senior Chris Plante, will elevate our program immensely in training and competition."