Hawkeyes Ink Six Recruits

Dec. 15, 2009

IOWA CITY, IA – University of Iowa Head Men’s Swimming Coach Marc Long has announced that six prep athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Iowa in 2010. Student athletes Tyler Lentz, Devon Meeks, Kyle Noser, Dustin Rhoads, Gianni Sesto and Erik van Dooren have committed to join the Iowa swimming program next fall. The Hawkeyes tapped into five different states and Switzerland to complete their recruiting class.

Lentz, a native of Reedsburg, WI, attends Sauk Prairie High School, where he holds the school record in the 200 free, 500 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 individual medley, 200 and 400 free relay. Lentz is a three-time Junior National qualifier and state record holder in the 200 free relay. He earned all-American honors in the 200 freestyle relay as a sophomore and was a four-time all-American his junior year.

Quoting Coach Long: “Tyler had a tremendous summer and we’re very excited about his future. He’s a hard-working and versatile swimmer. We’re anxious to work with him next season.”

Meeks, a native of Farmington, MN, attends Rosemount High School. He was the Minnesota State High School champion in the 50 yard freestyle and runner-up in the 100 yard freestyle. Meeks is a Junior National qualifier in multiple events.

Quoting Coach Long: “Devon is an excellent, developing swimmer. He’s proven himself as a competitor by winning state titles and excelling on relays. Devon has a bright future in the Big Ten.”

Noser attends ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, CO, where he holds school records in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM. Noser is a two-time all-American and all-state performer. He has earned all-conference honors every year since his freshman season in 2007. He has placed second at the state meet in the 100 breaststroke each of the last two seasons and led his team to a second-place finish at the Colorado State Championships in 2009.

Quoting Coach Long: “Kyle is a welcome addition to our breaststroke group. He’s a very motivated and talented swimmer and we’re looking for him to have a great impact.”

Rhoads, a native of Ames, IA, attends Ames High School. He placed third at the 2009 Iowa State High School Boys Championships in the 100 butterfly. Rhoads is a Junior National qualifier in the 100 yard backstroke.

Quoting Coach Long: “Dustin is continuing to develop into one of the great swimmers in the midwest. He had significant time drops this summer and has already posted personal-bests early in his high school season. We’re expecting Dustin to be a strong contributor as a freshman. We’re excited to work with another great in-state talent.”

Sesto, a native of Las Vegas, NV, attends Palo Verde High School, where he is the school record holder in the 500 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 medley relay, 200 and 400 free relay. Sesto enters his senior season a three-time Nevada High School State champion and defending 200 free and 100 back conference champion. In 2009, Sesto earned NISCA all-American honors in the 200 free and 100 back. He is a Junior National, National and US Open qualifier and holds the Nevada Sunset Regional record in the 100 back.

Quoting Coach Long: “Gianni is a strong freestyler that continues to show great improvement. He’ll be an outstanding addition to our very competitive freestyle group.”

A native of Geneva, Switzerland, van Dooren attends Centro Sportivo Tenero Academy. He placed third in the 50 meter freestyle at the 2009 European Junior Championships. At the 2009 Swiss National championships, van Dooren placed fourth in the 50 meter freestyle and sixth in the 100 meter freestyle.

Quoting Coach Long: “Erik is ranked as one of the top sprinters for his age in the world. His addition provides quality depth to our already outstanding sprint group. Erik will immediately take our relays to higher levels.”

2010 Recruiting Class, Hometown, Event, Personal Best

Tyler Lentz, Reedsburg, WI
200 meter Individual Medley, 2:07.71
200 Meter Backstroke, 2:07.96
100 Meter Butterfly, 56.97

Devon Meeks, Farmington, MN
50 Yard Freestyle, 20.73
100 Yard Freestyle, 45.44
100 Yard Backstroke, 50.95
100 Yard Butterfly, 50.81

Kyle Noser, Denver, CO
100 Yard Breaststroke, 58.23
200 Yard Breaststroke, 2:06.20

Dustin Rhoads, Ames, IA
100 Yard Butterfly, 50.80
100 Yard Backstroke, 50.57

Gianni Sesto, Las Vegas, NV
200 Yard Freestyle, 1:39.51
1000 Yard Freestyle, 9:34.10
100 Meter Freestyle, 52.47

Erik van Dooren, Geneva, Switzerland
50 LC Meter freestyle, 22.68
100 LC Meter freestyle, 50.95