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University of the Ozarks 2017-2018 Women's and Men's Swimming Media Guide

David DeGeus

  • Started the women's and men's swim programs, with the first year of competition in 2016-17
  • Competed in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships
  • Men's team posted the highest team gpa in NCAA Division III
  • Women's and men's team honored with team academic award from the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America
  • Named the age group Coach of the Year by Arkansas Swimming for the 2016-2017 season
  • Undergraduate assistant at Henderson State University; Head coach of Clarksville’s branch of the Central Arkansas Swim Club (CASC) racers; Served as the assistant coach of the CASC Racers in North Little Rock (2009-2011); Volunteer coach at North Little High School for two years
  • Collegiate Swimming Career: University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Henderson State University
  • Earned a combined seven All-America honors in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke and 200 and 400 medley relays at Henderson State University; Won the conference championship in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke as a senior at Henderson State and set the school’s 100-yard breaststroke record (56.62); Represented Henderson State in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division II national championships, placing sixth in the 200; Helped Henderson State to its highest finish ever (eighth) at the national championships

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Women's Team

  • Skylar Epperson
  • Selena Haunty
  • Kaitlyn Henrietta
  • Fernanda Hernandez-Sanchez
  • Valeria Robleto
  • Brenda Sandoval
  • Sarah Starkweather

Senior

Valeria Robleto

  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Nicaragua
  • Events: Breast/Free - Mid/Distance
  • 2016-2017: Owns school record in 1000 free (23:35.12). Member of the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay that set school records. Member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Juniors

Selena Haunty

  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Belton, Mo.
  • High School: Belton HS
  • Events: Free/Fly - Mid/Distance
  • 2016-2017: Owns school records in 200 free (2:42.61), 500 free (7:05.84), 50 fly (43:01), 200 fly (3:35.67) and 400 IM (6:51.25). Was a member of the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay that set school records.

Kaitlyn Henrietta

  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Aledo, Texas
  • High School: Aledo HS
  • Events: Free/IM - Sprint/Mid
  • 2016-17: Suffered an injury

Fernanda Hernandez-Sanchez

  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Tarimbarao, Mexico
  • Events: Fly/Back - Sprint
  • 2016-2017: Member of the 400 free relay team and 400 medley relay that set the school record. Member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.
  • Swam for the La Salle team.

Newcomers

Skylar Epperson

  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Bryant, Ark.
  • High School: Bryant HS
  • Events: Free - Sprint

Brenda Sandoval

  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Guatemala
  • Events: Free - Sprint

Sarah Starkweather

  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Fort Smith, Ark.
  • High School: Northside HS
  • Events: Free - Sprint

Men's Team

  • Jesus Arredondo
  • Jakobe' Durant
  • Dylan Gehrels
  • Kim Gyeongju
  • Guillermo Hernandez
  • Thibault Melchior
  • Jacob Toland
  • Michael Walkine
  • Austin Waters
  • Maximus Wheeler

Junior

Jesus Arredondo

  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Clarksville, Ark.
  • High School: Clarksville HS
  • Events: Free/Fly/Breast - Sprint
  • 2016-2017: Posted a school record in the 50 breast (34:51). Was part of the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay team that set school records. Member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Newcomers

Jakobe' Durant

  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Destrehan, La.
  • High School: Destrehan HS
  • Events: Free - Sprint
  • Destrehan HS: Three-year varsity member. Personal best 30.01 in the 50 freestyle and 1.15.49 in the 100 freestyle. Helped team to a District Championship (2016-2017) and a District Runner-Up finish (2014-2015). Team finished in 3rd place in 2015-2016.

Dylan Gehrels

  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: New Caney, Texas
  • High School: New Caney HS
  • Events: Breast/Free - Sprint/Mid

Kim Gyeongju

  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Seoul, Korea
  • Events: Free/IM - Sprint

Guillermo Hernandez

  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Pachuca, Mexico
  • Events: Free - Sprint

Thibault Melchior

  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: France
  • Events: Free/Back - Sprint/Mid

Jacob Toland

  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: North Little Rock, Ark.
  • High School: Catholic HS
  • Events: Free/IM - Mid/Distance
  • Member of the Racers Club Team. Helped team to Nationals.

Michael Walkine

  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Events: Breast/Free - Sprint/Mid
  • Top personal times include 50-meter breaststroke (33.02), 100-meter breaststroke (1:15.42), 50-meter freestyle (25.95), 100-meter freestyle (1:00.01) and 50-meter butterfly (27.64). Helped club team to the RBC Bahamas National Championship multiple years.

Austin Waters

  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Bentonville, Ark.
  • High School: Bentonville HS
  • Events: Breast/IM - Mid
  • Bentonville HS: Placed second in the state 200 breaststroke (long course) and third place in the state 100 breaststroke (long course). Top personal times include 200 breaststroke (2:20.36), 100 breaststroke (1:04.71), 100 back stroke (1:04.76) and 200 IM (2:10.50). Helped team to three state championships.

Maximus Wheeler

  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Dover, Ark.
  • High School: Subiaco Academy
  • Events: Breast/Free - Sprint

2016-17 Results

2016-2017 Results

  • Sept. 22 at Oklahoma Baptist Invite (Exhibition)
  • Oct. 28 at Hendrix College Relays - 4/4
  • Oct. 29 at Hendrix College Classic - 8/8
  • Nov. 12 at Centenary College Tri-Meet - 3/3
  • Nov. 18-19 at Hendrix College Invitational - 4/4
  • Jan. 7 at Austin College Invitational - 6/6
  • Jan. 13 University of the Ozarks Dual (Hendrix College) - 2/2
  • Jan. 28 University of the Ozarks Dual (Henderson St.) - 2/2
  • Feb. 8-11 at SCAC Championships

All-Time Roster

Women

  • Arielle Burfine (2016-17)
  • Chelsea Finley (2016-17)
  • Selena Haunty (2016-17)
  • Kaitlyn Henrietta (2016-17)
  • Linda Hoang (2016-17)
  • Marie Lebois (2016-17)
  • Valeria Robleto (2016-17)
  • Fernanda Hernandez-Sanchez (2016-17)

Men

  • Jesus Arrendondo (2016-17)
  • Ludovic Gomes (2016-17)
  • Ederlee Gomez (2016-17)
  • Aaron Mansfield (2016-17)
  • Kobe McElmurry (2016-17)
  • Jacob Sawyer (2016-17)

NCAA Division III

The college experience is a time of learning and growth — a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III, all of this happens most importantly in the classroom and through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment, in which student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue their full passions and find their potential through a comprehensive educational experience.

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2017-2018 Schedule

  • Sept. 15 - Intersquad Meet
  • Sept. 22 @ Ouachita Baptist Univ. Dual
  • Sept. 23 @ Centenary College Dual
  • Oct. 13 - Williams Baptist/Tabor College Double Dual
  • Oct. 14 - Alumni Meet
  • Oct. 21 @ Little Rock Invite
  • Oct. 27 @ Hendrix College Relays
  • Oct. 28 @ Hendrix College Classic
  • Nov. 4 @ Colorado College/Austin College Double Dual
  • Nov. 17 - Hendrix College Dual
  • Dec. 1-2 @ Hendrix College Invitational
  • Jan. 20 @ Henderson State Dual
  • Feb. 3 - Senior Meet
  • Feb. 14-17 @ SCAC Championships
  • Mar. 14-17 @ NCAA III National Championships

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