Seven talented high school student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Cardinal men's swimming and diving next season, as announced this week by Director of Swimming Ted Knapp.
"Our recruiting goal continues to be pretty straight forward -- identify those that are academically viable and have the talent and attitude to make our team better," said Knapp, who is in his fifth year in charge of the program. "The diversity lies not only the events they can swim but also the geographical mix we have coming, which will make for a great class dynamic. Each will bring something special to the team and between, them they cover all NCAA individual and relay events, so it was a mission accomplished from our perspective."
The seven incoming freshman hail from seven different states – New Jersey, Texas, Minnesota, Maryland, California, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Alex Liang joins Stanford from nearby Palo Alto High School and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. He is the ninth-ranked recruit in the class by CollegeSwimming.com, and is the 14th-ranked recruit according to SwimSwam.
Andrew Liang, Alex's older brother, is a junior swimmer at Stanford.
A versatile swimmer, Liang swam the 200-meter individual medley, 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Johannes Calloni joins Stanford from Scarlet Aquatics Club and Saint Peter's Preparatory. The reigning 1,500-meter freestyle United States Junior National Champion (15:16.62), Calloni made the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1,500-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke and represented Italy at the 2016 European Junior Championships.
Glen Cowand attends Cinco Rach High School and swims for Katy Aquatics in Katy, Texas. The reigning Texas 6A state champion in the 100-yard backstroke, Cowand made the United States Olympic Trials in the same event.
One of four brothers to swim in college, Jordan Greenberg joins Stanford from Eden Prairie High School and Aquajets Swim Team in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In 2015, Greenberg represented the United States at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany.
Matthew Hirschberger joins Stanford from Georgetown Preparatory and Nation's Capital Swim Club. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Hirschberger swam the 200-meter freestyle, the 400-meter freestyle and the 1,500-meter freestyle.
In 2015, he broke current Stanford assistant Jeff Kostoff's 33-year old age group record in the 1,000-yard freestyle, also breaking Kostoff's record in the 1,650 free.
Alberto Mestre joins the Cardinal from The Hill School and Tiger Shark Swimming in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Mestre was the 50-meter freestyle runner up at the 2016 Speedo Summer Junior National Championships.
Brennan Pastorek joins Stanford from the Georgia Connections Academy and the Georgia Coastal Aquatics Team. This summer, Pastorek competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter individual medley.