Busch Signs Seven for 2018

Nov. 20, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU swimming and diving head coach Sam Busch announced the signings for Jackson Boersma, Cassidy Coughlin, Noah Cumby, Kade Knoch, Lauren Mabie, Sarah Malloy, and Megan Morris during the NCAA early signing period.

“I’m really happy with the way my staff was able to put together such an impressive recruiting class in such a short amount of time,” Busch said. “It was humbling that a lot of the recruits knew about my transition to TCU and wanted to be a part of the new era of TCU swimming. We were very selective in the recruiting process. It was about quality over quantity.”

Jackson Boersma
Boersma comes to TCU from Ruston, La., as a sprinter and Louisiana’s top rated recruit. Over the course of his high school career, Boersma has won multiple state titles and brings a 24.57s 50 back mark to TCU.

“Jackson is a really raw sprinter and exceptional athlete,” Busch said. “Having Jackson coming on board is going to help our relays out a lot. He’ll be able to step in immediately as a freshman.

Cassidy Coughlin
Coughlin comes to TCU from Evanston, Ill., as a sprint freestyler out of Loyola Academy. Coughlin is a multi-time Illinois state medalist, including a 10th place in the 200 medley relay, 3rd place in the 200 free relay, and led off for her team’s 2nd place 400 free relay. She brings in marks of 23.81 in the 50 free, 26.63 in the 50 fly, and 52.81 in the 100 free.

“Cassidy was very proactive throughout the whole recruiting process,” Busch said. “She knew I had a sprint background and her events cater to my strengths as a coach. She comes from a good swim program in Chicago and has trained with a lot of good athletes and coaches, so she knows how to train with high expectations.”

Noah Cumby
Cumby comes to TCU out of St. Johns Legends club in Newfoundland, Canada, as the number one ranked recruit out of Newfoundland. The 2016-2017 Newfoundland Male Swimmer of the Year won five gold medals and set four NL records at the 2017 NL Provincial Championships and brings in marks of 21.01s in the 50 free, 45.47s in the 100 free, 28.17s in the 50 back, and 51.51 in the 100 back.



“Noah is a game changer,” Busch said. “He’s by far the most accomplished and seasoned athlete we will bring in. As a freshman, we’re expecting him to be a leader and be one of the alpha males in the sprint-freestyle. I think he’s going to really elevate and advance the program.”

Kade Knoch
Knoch comes to TCU from Edmond, Okla., as a backstroke and mid-distance swimmer and the third highest ranked recruit in Oklahoma. As a junior, Knoch won the 200 back SCY state championship with a mark of 1:55.21, while earning silver in the 200 fly and 200 free. Knoch brings in marks of 25.34s in the 50 back, 50.72s in the 100 back, and 1:47.72s in the 200 back.

“His backstroke prowess is his strength, but he has versatility in the mid-distance events,” Busch said. “He’s going to provide some much-needed depth on the men’s side. He’s always wanted to come to TCU and was really engaged throughout the whole process which really impressed me.”

Lauren Mabie
Mabie comes to TCU from Memphis, Tenn., as a versatile swimmer out of St. Mary’s Episcopal School. Mabie is a two-time Tennessee State Finalist in the 100 breast and 200 IM, bringing marks of 1:02.36 and 2:03.74 in those events. Those marks, as well as her 50.84 mark in the 100 free, would have qualified her for the finals at the 2017 Big 12 Championships.

“Lauren is a girl that displays a ton of versatility, which is critical at the NCAA level,” Busch said. “She’s got sprint freestyle which will help our relays. We’ll graduate Devin Newton and Lauren comes in with some solid breast stroke times, so she’ll be in strong consideration to be plugged in on the medley relays. I think whatever she does she’ll excel at. “

Sarah Malloy
Malloy comes to TCU from Richmond, Va., as a sprinter out of Nova of Virginia Aquatics. Malloy brings in marks of 24.03s in the 50 free, 52.20s in the 100 free, 29.25s in the 50 Fly, and 57.03s in the 100 fly.

“I had the opportunity to see her swim several times and was impressed with what I saw,” Busch said. “She comes from a traditional distance program, so for her to be a sprinter as well means she will excel with some refining and detail work.”

Megan Morris
Morris comes to TCU from Frisco, Texas, as a sprinter out of Ursuline Academy and Lakeside Aquatic Club. Morris is a three-time Texas private schools champion in the 100 fly, 100 back, and 400 free relay and brings marks of 56.44s in the 100 back, 26.72s in the 50 back, 24.45s in the 50 free, and 52.99s in the 100 free.

“Megan is a bullet underwater,” Busch said. “That’s what you need in short course yards in NCAA swimming. Her backstroke puts her in consideration for all of the medley relays. She should also have an immediate impact.”

“You’re always looking for athletes who can not only individually perform, but contribute to the team as a whole and that’s done through relays,” Busch said. “Every single athlete we’re bringing in has some form of relay potential. I couldn’t be more excited moving forward.”

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