Aztecs Ink Three Swimmers, Two Divers For 2013-14

June 20, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - San Diego State Head Coach Mike Sharer has announced the signing of three swimmers along with a pair of divers for the 2013-14 season. The swimmers include two sisters from England and a high school athlete from North Carolina while the divers hail from California and Arizona.

Sisters Carmella (19) and Claudia (18) Kitching will be freshmen when they arrive at SDSU in the fall. The twosome are ranked 89th and 91st respectively among 2013-14 recruits by CollegeSwimming.com. Originally from the outskirts of London, they currently reside with their family in Antibes, France. The addition of the pair brings to five the total number of SDSU recruits ranked among the top 125 by CollegeSwimming.com.

Carmella Kitching was a World and Olympic Trial qualifier and semifinalist 2009-11. She placed fifth at the 2012 British Olympic Trials when she turned in a personal-best time of 2:31.43 in the 200 meter breaststroke. She was also 13th in the 100-meter breaststroke with a career-best mark of 1:11.36. She won the title at the French National Short Course in the 200-meter breaststroke and also won the 100 and 200 meter breast at the 2011 French Juniors meet in Boulogne. Kitching currently competes as a member of the AC Hyeres club in France.

Claudia Kitching won the French Junior Short Course championship in the 200 breaststroke last November. She was the French national age group champion in both the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke from 2008 through 2010, setting the met record in the 200 breast in December 2010. She was selected for the England Talent developmental team in 2011 and qualified for the 2012 British Olympic Trials. Her best times include 2:29.10 in the 200 breast short course and 2:3.40 in the long course for that event. She is a member of the AC Antibes club in France.

Caroline Mitchell will come to San Diego State from Cary, N.C. where she attended Cary High School and competed for the Marlins of Raleigh-Wolfpack Aquatics club. Primarily a distance freestyle specialist, she turned in her personal-best times in the 500 free (4:55.74) and the 1000 free (10:01.43) at the NCSA Junior National Championships this past March. She also has a top time of 16:41.,89 in the 1,650 freestyle which she set in February.

Diver Shannon Finigan is a graduate of Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Calif. As a prep diver she finished fourth at the 2013 South Coast League Championships and placed 14th at the CIF Section Championships in March. Finigan also dives for the Mission Viejo Nadadores club team and has competed at the AAU National Championships as well as the USA Diving Spring and Summer Regionals.

The other diver signed by the Aztecs is Marlee Kersting who attended Campo Verde High School in Gilbert, Ariz. She won the Division II diving championship as a junior in 2012 and was named to the All-Arizona team that season. Kersting competes for the Clavadistas del Sol club, representing her team at the diving Regional in California earlier this year. Her latest competition came at the Sun Devil Invitational in mid-May when she won the platform event and finished sixth on the three-meter board.

San Diego State is coming off a season in which it compiled a 10-1 dual meet record, won the Mountain West Championship for the second time in three years and sent a school-record seven swimmers to the 2013 NCAA Championships.