Iowa Signs Six Promising Recruits

Dec. 17, 2008

IOWA CITY, IA –University of Iowa Swimming Head Coach Marc Long and his staff have announced the signing of six recruits during the fall signing period. Joining the men’s team will be Jordan Huff, Byron Butler and Donny Warren. The women’s team will add Sarah Galvin, Lauren Eytalis, and Madeline Scarborough.

Jordan Huff
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
High School: Dubuque Senior High

Jordan signs with the Hawks after a stellar summer. He is a member of the U.S. National Junior team and was the runner up at the 2008 U.S. Junior National Championships in the 100m free (50.48 LCM) which ranks him as one of the fastest 16 year olds in American history. Jordan was the youngest male competitor in the 100m free at this summer’s Olympic Trials. Jordan’s recent accomplishments include capturing the state title in the 100 and 200 free events for the second consecutive year. He is a four-time state champion, and a three-time conference champion. Jordan is also a three-time All-State, All-American, Team-MVP and District Athlete of the year. In 2008 he was recognized as the Conference Athlete of the Year, and the State Athlete of the Year. Jordan is a dominant freestyler and strong backstroker. He currently holds his school’s 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyle records. His club coach is Doug Colin with DASH, and high school coaches include Dan Duclos and Pete Ross.

Coach Long: “Jordan is one of the top recruits in the country and we’re excited to have him join our program. He obviously adds tremendous swimming abilities to our University. As important, he has the dedicated, team-orientated attitude that fits well with our young and talented team.”

Byron Butler
Hometown: New Berlin, WI
High School: New Berlin West High School

Byron, a 2008 Junior National qualifier in the 100 fly and 100 back, is a Division I Wisconsin High School State champion, eight time state qualifier, a six time conference champion, and a first team All-Conference selection. He has set the conference record in the 100 back on two different occasions and claimed the state title in the 100 fly his junior year. A two-time Team MVP, Byron was also the recipient of this team’s hardest worker award and twice received the “King of the Pool” award. In addition to his strength as a fly and back swimmer, Byron also set school records as part of the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Excelling in the classroom in addition to in the pool, he is a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and A.P. Scholar as well as a four-year Honor Roll student. Byron’s club coach is Blaine Carlson with the Waukesha Express Swim Club.

Coach Long: “As Wisconsin State Champion, Byron is already a decorated swimmer. We’re thrilled to have him join our team and we feel he’s one of the Midwest’s top swimmers. Byron adds an immediate and strong presence in the fly and back events. In addition, he’s an outstanding student in the classroom. His high level of achievement in the pool and classroom is a great fit for our program.”

Donny Warren
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
High School: Hempstead High School

Donny, a 2008 Junior National qualifier in the 100 backstroke and 400 IM, is a versatile addition for the Hawkeyes. Over the summer, Warren won both the 100 meter and 200 meter backstroke events at the Central Zone Championships. At the 2008 Iowa High School Boys’ State Championships, Donny placed third in the 100 backstroke and second in the 200 IM. Donny’s club coach is Doug Colin with DASH, and his High School coach is Rick Loeffelholz.

Coach Long: “Donny is already recognized as one of the state’s top competitors in the pool. He’s a gifted swimmer with a bright future. We look for him to continue his development and have an immediate impact with our program. We’re excited to have him join our team.”

Madeline Scarborough
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
High School: Wheaton Warrenville South High School

A strong addition to the Hawkeye roster, Madeline recorded four personal best times in four different events at the 2008 YMCA Nationals, with two top-20 finishes. She placed 13th in the 100 breaststroke and 16th in the 200 breaststroke. Madeline is a three time All-Conference selection and was named an Academic All-Conference selection two years in a row. Her club coach is Bob Young with the BR Ryall Swim Team.

Coach Long: “Madeline’s an outstanding addition to our stroke group and will have an immediate impact in the Breaststroke events. We’re anxious to work with her next season. We’re very happy she chose to be a Hawkeye.”

Sarah Galvin
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
High School: Benet Academy

Sarah is a three-time All-State and two-time All-American recruit that recently had an impressive showing at the 2008 YMCA LCM Summer Nationals. She was the YMCA National Champion in the 200 back and finished third in the 100 back. In 2007, Sarah took first place in the 100 back at the 2007 YMCA LCM Summer Nationals. At the 2008 YMCA SC Spring Nationals, she took sixth in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events. A state qualifier since her freshman year, Sarah took eighth in the 100 back in 2005 and fifth in the 100 back and eighth in the 500 free in 2006. At the state competition in 2007 she placed second in the 100 back and third in the 500 free. Additionally, Sarah was named conference champion in the 100 back in 2008 and the 500 free in 2007. She broke her high school record for the 500 free and 100 back in 2007, and broke the 100 free school- record in 2005. Sarah is a member of her H.S. Academic Honor Roll from 2005-08 and a member of the National Honor Society. Her high school and club coaches are Nicole Kothe and Robert Young.

Coach Long: “Sarah is an accomplished National level swimmer with an extremely promising future. She’s a proven performer in the pool and classroom. We look for Sarah to bolster our already strong backstroke events. In addition, her mid-distance freestyle talents will immediately impact our lineup. We’re excited to have Sarah join our program.”

Lauren Eytalis
Hometown: Bloomington, IL
High School: Tri-Valley High School

Lauren swept her 2008 USA Swimming Zone Championship in the freestyle races, taking first place in three individual events. The three-time Scholastic All-American took first place in the 400 m free, the 800 m free, and the top spot in the 1500 m free. Her club coach is Charles Yourd with the WAVES Bloomington-Normal swim club.

Coach Long: “Lauren’s a proven racer in the mid-distance to distance events. She’ll immediately strengthen our 500, 1000, and 1650 lineup. Her personality and athletic ability will be a very positive addition to our team. We’re anxious to work with her next fall.”