NEW YORK – Columbia men’s swimming and diving head coach Jim Bolster has announced the addition of seven standouts for the class of 2017.
“The class of 2017 should be significant additions to our program,” said Bolster. “We have kids coming from Florida, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey. They all will make an immediate impact, add some front-line strength and bring plenty of depth to our freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and individual medley events.”
“In particular, Nikita Bondarenko, Jack Foster and Terry Li will bolster our middle distance and distance free corps. Li, Drew May and Julian Radice will provide immediate support for our butterfly ranks while James Delgado, Thomas Norman, Foster and Radice will be key contributors to our I.M. contingent. Norman is also an excellent backstroker and Delgado an excellent middle distance freestyler and breaststroker. It is hard not to get excited about how much talent the class of 2017 has and how much they can add to our drive for success in 2013-14.”
Nikita Bondarenko • Freestyle/IM • River Forest, Ill. (Oak Park and River Forest)
A four-year letterwinner from River Forest, Ill., Bondarenko joins the Lions in the fall of 2013 following a decorated high school career at Oak Park and River Forest High School. As a senior, Bondarenko became the 2013 Illinois Senior State Champion in both the 500 and 1650 free, landing a spot on the 2013 High School All-American Swim Team. He set school records in both the 200 and 500 free and the Town and Country District Championships record in the 500 free. A seven-time IHSA Boys Sectional Champion and three-time West Suburban Conference Champion, Bondarenko was also named a 2012 Boys Scholastic All-American and a two-time ISA All-State pick in 2012-13. Academically, Bondarenko was a PSAT/NMSQT Commended Student, the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman School Winner and the 2012 Prairie State Achievement recipient.
James Delgado • Freestyle/IM/Breaststroke • Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
Delgado will join the Lions in 2013 following a decorated career at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. A three-time All-American and five-time state finalist, Delgado helped lead the Aquabombers to four consecutive state championships. He was also a two-time Scholastic All-American and member of the National Honor Society.
Jack Foster • Freestyle/IM • Silver Spring, Md. (Montgomery Blair)
Foster lettered all four years for the Blazers of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md. A two-time captain, his leadership guided the Blazers to a second-place finish in the High School State Championships during his senior season. Foster peaked during his final year, earning All-America status (200 IM), first team All-County and second team All-Met. He was a double State Public School Champion (100 back and 200 IM) and placed 12th at the Junior Nationals (400 IM and 1000 free). Foster saw success in the classroom as well, making honor roll all four years as an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Semifinalist.
Terry Li • Freestyle/Butterfly • Demarest, N.J. (Northern Valley Demarest)
A four-year scholar athlete graduating Cum Laude, Li earned four letters in swimming and one in track for the Norseman at Northern Valley Demarest in Demarest, N.J. As a swimmer, Li earned a plethora of honors, including All-American status, first team All-State, New Jersey Swimmer of the Year and Demarest Athlete of the Year. He was a state champion in the 200 free his senior season and qualified for the U.S. Open in three different events.
Drew May • Butterfly/Freestyle • Glen Carbon, Ill. (Edwardsville)
Hailing from Glen Carbon, Ill., May was a standout in both the pool and the classroom at Edwardsville High School. As a four-year letterwinner in swimming, May was a Scholastic All-American in 2012-13 and graduated in the top-five percent of his class. He was also a member of the year-round Edwardsville Breakers USA swim team, where he set records in the 50 and 200 free and the 100 and 200 fly.
Thomas Norman • IM • Houston, Texas (Mirabeau B. Lamar)
Norman will join the Lions this fall from Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in Houston, Texas. A four-year letterwinner, Norman captained his senior year as he swam his way to a state bronze medal, earning All-America status in the 100 backstroke. He was a three-time All-State selection in both the 100 back and 200 IM, and holds the school records in the 100 back, 200 IM, medley relay and 400 free relay. In the classroom, Norman earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma and was named a NISCA Academic All-American his senior year. He was also a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American for three consecutive years in addition to earning membership in the National Honor Society.
Julian Radice • IM/Freestyle/Fly • Miami, Fla. (Immaculata-La Salle)
Radice, a Miami, Fla. native, will look to make a splash for the Lions during the 2013-14 season. A swimming and academic standout at Immaculata-La Salle High School, Radice was a four-time captain and Swimmer of the Year selection. He dominated in the 200 IM, placing in the top-ten as a state finalist for three consecutive years, including a silver medal finish as a senior to earn his first automatic All-America honors. Radice was a Miami Herald All-Dade Swimming first team selection in the 500 free from 2011-12 and a first team pick in the 200 IM in 2011, while qualifying for the U.S. Junior Nationals each year. Finishing in the top-15 percent of his class academically, Radice was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Science and Math Honor Societies in addition to winning Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Immaculata-La Salle High School.