November 8th, 2017

Four Lakeside swimmers sign with colleges

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Four Lakeside swimmers sign with colleges
From left to right: Aidan Johnston, Cole Brown, Ellie Masterson, and Elizabeth Schrenger / photo by Conor Revell

Eight Lakeside Swim Club members finalized their college choices Tuesday at Mary T. Meagher, including four LCSN swimmers from Sacred Heart and St. Xavier. Here’s a Q & A with the four LCSN swimmers and their head coach Mike DeBoor.  

Bios courtesy of Yahoo! Sports Columnist Pat Forde

St. Xavier

Cole Brown (Alabama)

Brown is a butterflyer and mid-distance freestyler and No. 273 recruit nationally per He's the No. 1 male recruit in Kentucky (because Aldan Johnston lives in Indiana).

The Tiger also considered Kentucky and Penn State. He was third in the KHSAA state meet in both the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and was on the champion 400 freestyle relay. His sister, Cameron, is a sophomore swimmer at Alabama.

Why did you choose Alabama?

“Well, my older sister goes there so I automatically felt at home when I walked onto campus. But, she’s only going to be there for two years. I kind of looked at it this way, if I was having a bad day, and my sister wasn’t here, would I want to be around these people? My answer was yes. I love the campus and the team environment. They’re very motivating and push each other. It will also open up a lot of doors for me.”

How did you and your sister go about your recruitment?

“Obviously, she’s going to be biased. But, she put very little pressure on me. I kind of looked at Alabama with as unbiased of a look as I could since we were already an Alabama family. I was leaning towards another school at first, but as soon as I stepped on campus at Alabama I knew where I wanted to go.”

DeBoor on Brown

“I don’t want to say he’s just like as his sister, but they have similar work ethics. You couldn’t ask for more in leadership in both of them. Neither one were outstanding record holder type of kids growing up. Everything they have gotten has been through hard work. Yes, they’re talented, but they have overcome a lot with hard work.”  

Aldan Johnston (Arizona)  

A freestyle specialist, Johnston is the No. 72 recruit nationally according to and chose the Wildcats over Georgia, Virginia and Michigan.

Johnston was the KHSAA state champion in the 200 and 500 freestyles last season, in addition to being on the championship 200 and 400 freestyle relays. He set the state record in the 200 free and the St. X 400 free relay which set the state record as well. The Tiger is the third and final Johnston boy: Camden (St. X '13) swam at Florida Tech and Noah (St. X '15) swims at the Naval Academy.

Why did you choose Arizona?

“When I visited Arizona the first thing I noticed was the team. As soon as I showed up at the airport, the whole team was there to greet me and took me out to dinner. That was the most awesome part of the visit. From there, I knew that I could spend the next four years there because I felt at home and extremely comfortable with them. I think that was the main part why I chose Arizona.”

What’s St. X going to have to do to win their 30th straight state title?

“We want to go undefeated this year. I think we can do that, we’re fully capable, and have the team to do that. As far as my individual goals, I want to break both of my individual records, and I want my relays to break the record we set as well.”

DeBoor on Johnston

“Aidan is a character. He has had two older brothers that came through the program. He has worked really hard and done a nice job. He’s an outstanding talent, he works very hard, but I think he could have a little bit more confidence and maturity; I will be excited to see if he can continue to grow. He has made good strides over these last two years and he’ll do well in college.”

Sacred Heart

Ellie Masterson (South Carolina)

Masterson chose South Carolina over Florida State, LSU, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. She is an IMer whose versatility and endurance will play well in college, where there are longer events than in high school meets.

The Valkyrie is the No. 8 female recruit in Kentucky, but that's low because her best performances have been in long-course swimming. Masterson will be an Olympic Trials qualifier in 2020 and was fifth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 backstroke in the KHSAA state meet last year.

What made you choose South Carolina

“I chose South Carolina because the campus is gorgeous and I love the warm weather. I loved all of the support I got from all of the coaches during the time I was being recruited and on my visits. I fell in love with the team and they’re going to make my transition pretty easy.”

What’s your goal at Sacred Heart this year?

“Our goal obviously is to win state again this year. I think we have a really good freshmen class that will fill those holes with the seniors we have lost the last two years. We’re looking forward to our first meet and that will allow us to test the waters and see who will be strongest in what areas. I’m really looking forward to the high school season.”

DeBoor on Masterson

“Ellie has always been in the shadows of those swimmers who were the record holders and the national champions. She has worked hard and chipped away at it. This past summer she had a big summer, doing things that she has never been able to do and that put her in a whole another ballgame in terms of recruiting. Everything she has gotten is from self-training. She has pushed herself to the limits.”

Elizabeth Schrenger (Bellarmine)

Schrenger is a breastroker who was 14th in the 100 breastroke at the KHSAA state meet in 2017.

Why did you choose Bellarmine?

“I chose Bellarmine because it was what I was looking for both academically and athletically. On the academic side it has smaller class sizes and it has one of the best nursing programs in the state. Athletically, I chose Bellarmine because the team is really supportive and I can tell they all pull for each other and the coaches are very invested into everybody.”

What will Sacred Heart swimming have to do to get another state championship?

“Our goal is ultimately to win state again. I think we want everyone to do their best and to swim their best times possible. We want to be a team, unite, and support each other.”

DeBoor on Schrenger

“Elizabeth is an outstanding young lady. She’s a great voice and leader for the program. She’s a great story. She wasn’t the greatest swimmer growing up but over the last year she has developed and turned into a great swimmer. I think two years ago if you asked her if she was going to swim in college, she might have told you I don’t plan on it. Maybe it was a dream. But she worked so hard and made that dream come true.” 


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