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July 19, 2005

Ten student-athletes will join the Ohio State women’s swimming team when classes begin in the fall, head coach Jeanne Fleck announced Tuesday. Two additions are from the Columbus area and one come from as far away as Hong Kong.

Elaine Chan joins the Buckeyes from Hong Kong, where she represented her country in both the 2004 Olympics and the World Championships. Chan attended the Heep Yunn School where she earned a letter on the school’s swimming team.

Hannah Jackson is from Westerville, Ohio where she attended St. Francis DeSales High School. Competing in the butterfly and backstroke events, Jackson is expected to aide in the short-length events. Named an All-American in the relay events, Academic All-American and All-Columbus Catholic League all four years in high school.

Christina Sarnecki, from Ann Arbor, Mich., joins the team from Dexter High School. Sarnecki, a four-year starter and letterwinner, earned All-America, all-state and All-Southeastern Conference honors. She was awarded the junior and senior class swimmer award, was captain of the swim team and helped lead her team to a Division II 2002 state championship.

Joelene Kappeler joins the team from Springfield, Ohio. Competing in the breaststroke events, Kappeler was named all-Greater Western Ohio Conference and started and lettered four years for Piqua High School. For three years, she won the High Point Award for her team and was captain for two years. Kappeler won the Coaches Award for two consecutive years with the Springfield YMCA and was a member of the national team.

Abby Johnston, a sprinter in the freestyle events from Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a four-year starter and letterwinner for Mount Vernon High School, Johnston was captain of her high school team, MVP of her swim team her freshman and senior years and named all-district and first team All-Capital Conference (OCC).

Courtney Brayman, of Pittsford, N.Y., will contribute to the butterfly events for the Buckeyes. Considered for All-American all four-years, Brayman was named first team all-county and all-state. Brayman was captain her senior year for Pittsford Mendon High School, where she helped lead the team to section, Monroe country and Division I state championships. Kendal Callahan is a middle-distance freestyle swimmer from Worthington, Ohio. A graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School, Callahan swam for her father, Jim, who swam for Ohio State from 1978-81.

Whitney Hackman of Goshen, Ind., will be competing in the breaststroke and individual medley events for the Buckeyes. Hackman, a 2005 Indiana State finalist in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley, is the first female swimmer from Northridge High School to ever swim for a Big Ten school.

Kassidy Kirchner is from Bloomington, Ind. and competes in the middle distance freestyle events. Kirchner, a graduate of Bloomington North High School, was an Indiana state finalist both her junior and senior years.

Stasia von Rahl of Mishawka, Ind., is a three-time sectional champion from St. Joseph’s High School. She has set pool records of area high schools and a sectional record. Von Rahl also had Top 12 finishes at the state championship level and started and lettered for her high school three years.

The freshman class will be joining the current Buckeyes Sept. 14 and will compete in their first meet at the Scarlet and Gray Intra-squad meet in October.