@DuqSwimDive Announces Five Early Signees
Nov. 30, 2017

PITTSBURGH – Duquesne head coach David Sheets has announced the signings of five swimming and diving recruits for the Dukes class of 2022.

“Our coaching staff is extremely excited about all of our early commitments,” Sheets said. “They are great people that we expect to join the program and make an immediate impact in the water and on the boards.”

Meet the five new @DuqSwimDive commits:

Ashley Dias // Westford, Mass. // Westford Academy

Dias is a diver for Westford Academy under head coach Caitlin Click-McHugh, helping the perennial power Grey Ghosts to their fifth Massachusetts state title in the last six seasons in 2016-17. A captain for the swimming and diving team as a junior, she helped Westford to a pair of undefeated seasons in 2015-16 and in 2016-17. Dias was named the Grey Ghosts’ most improved diver in 2016. In addition to competing at the high school level, Dias also dives for Boston Area Diving for head coach Joe Chirico. She also is a member of the honor roll, volunteers at Lowell General Hospital and is a dancer at Dance New England Studio. The daughter of Alison and Anthony Dias, she intends to study nursing at Duquesne.



Dias on Duquesne: “As soon as I walked on campus, I knew Duquesne was the school I had been searching for. I fell in love with the campus, impressive nursing program and the welcoming swim and dive team members. I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing team! Go Dukes!”


Hanna Everhart // Bloomsburg, Pa. // Bloomsburg Area

Everhart will join the Dukes out of Bloomsburg Area High School, where she has tallied six District IV individual championships, six PIAA AA state medals and was a member of six District IV relay championship squads. An all-state performer for head coach Chuck Lacroix at Bloomsburg, Everhart has helped the Panthers to back-to-back District IV titles. In addition to her high school career, Everhart also swims for the Bloomsburg Area YMCA for her high school coach Chuck Lacroix, where she is a five-time YMCA Pennsylvania state champion and a YMCA Club four-time national qualifier. She is ranked #1 in her class academically and is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, she is a member of the environmental club, interact club and student council. The daughter of Melissa and Terry Everhart, she intends to enroll in Duquesne’s physician assistant studies program.

Everhart on Duquesne: “I walked on campus, and I felt like it was meant to be. The team, the physician assistant program, Pittsburgh – it was all perfect.”


Lauryn Ober // Lititz, Pa. // Warwick

Ober will come to the Bluff from Warwick High School, where she is part of the school record-holder in the 200 medley relay team for head coach Mark Daum. Ober and her teammates earned a spot on the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA)/Speedo High School Swimming Girls All-American list for the second straight year in July for their school record-performance in the event. She is also the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet record holder in the 200 IM, 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Ober won District III AAA bronze in the 200 IM last season to qualify for the PIAA state meet, where she also qualified for the 100 breaststroke. Ober was a Lancaster-Lebanon Coaches’ Association All-League First Team member in the 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle relay. All told, she is a three-time District III and PIAA qualifier. She is a member of the Five Star Swim Club for her high school head coach Mark Daum. The daughter of Krista and Shawn Ober, she intends on majoring in physical therapy.

Ober on Duquesne: “I was attracted to the school because of their competitive swim team, and when I learned about their physical therapy program, I realized it was the perfect fit for me. The swim team was so warm and welcoming and Coach Sheets is incredibly supportive. Go Dukes!”


Sophia Perez // Chapel Hill, N.C. // East Chapel Hill

Perez will join the Dukes from East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, N.C., the alma mater of Duquesne junior swimmer Morgan Smith. In addition, former Dukes standout and current assistant coach Sam Ray is a former member of Perez’s club team, the North Carolina Aquatic Club. Perez, a senior captain for the Wildcats this season, has qualified for both the North Carolina State Championships as well as the 4A All-Conference Piedmont Athletic Conference Championships during her career. She garnered Most Outstanding Swimmer honors for East Chapel Hill in 2016 and 2017 to go with Rookie of the Year accolades in 2015. For NCAC, she was named club MVP in 2013 and 2016 in addition to earning Most Improved distinction in 2014. In 2015, Perez was chosen among top swimmers on the national level to participate in a three-day camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. focusing on leadership and diversity in the sport of swimming. She has also traveled to Louisville, Ky., Greenville, S.C. and Austin, Texas for camps through NCAC. Outside of swimming, she has volunteered in the Summer Enrichment Program at St. Thomas More Church, in addition to volunteering as a Spanish tutor, a swim teach assistant coach at the UNC Faculty and Staff Recreation Center as well as the Day Without Women Fundraiser at the National Hispanic Heritage Swim Meet.

Perez on Duquesne: “Duquesne is a great program and after meeting the team and coaches and getting to tour the school, I knew it would be the best place for me to achieve my goals in the pool and in the classroom.”


Adrienne White // Gibsonia, Pa. // Hampton

White will join the Dukes from nearby Hampton High School, where she is a standout diver for the Talbots and head coach Keith Hart. She is a three-time top-five finisher at the WPIAL championship, placing second in each of the last two seasons following a fifth-place finish as a freshman. She also placed third at the PIAA State Championship as a sophomore in 2016 before posting a fourth-place finish as a junior earlier this year. She added an eighth-place mark as a freshman in 2015. White is a three-time diving MVP for Hampton and holds the six-dive score record of 301. In addition, White is a two-time NISCA All-American. White is also a member of the Pitt Aquatic Club for head coach Katie Hazelton. The daughter of Colleen and Wally White, she intends to major in nursing at Duquesne.

White on Duquesne: “I chose Duquesne because of the excellent nursing program and guidance they give to the students. The swimming and diving program impressed me with their family dynamics. I know that Duquesne will prepare me with a bright future following graduation.”


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