Swimming Adds Nine in Early Signing Period

Dec. 11, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU swimming and diving team has announced the addition of nine student-athletes that signed National Letters of Intent during the recent signing period. All will join the Horned Frogs at the start of the 2014-15 season.

Devin NewtonThe women’s team welcomes Devin Newton, Lindsay Shabet, Tyler Sides, Maddie Johnson and Emily Gibson while the men’s team adds Destin Hall, Matthew Spallas and Carlos Hunnicutt.

“This is a strong class for both our men’s and women’s teams,” head coach Richard Sybesma said. “We added quality and depth to help us at the Big 12 level.”

A native of Fountain Valley, Calif., Newton competes in the 200 and 400 IM, 100 breast and 100 and 200 backstroke. A five-time All-American, Newton has posted short course junior national qualifying marks in each of her three high school seasons to date and was earned Sunset League MVP honors last season.

“I like Devin’s versatility,” Sybesma said. “She can help TCU in so many different events.”

Shabet will join the Horned Frogs from nearby Katy, Texas where she competes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as well as the 200 IM. Shabet holds the high school and district records in the 100 breast, finishing fourth overall at the Texas High School State Championships last season to earn All-America honors.

“Lindsay has a great future ahead of her in our breaststroke events,” Sybesma said.

A three-time all-district, all-region and all-state selection, Sides will add depth to the TCU diving team. A native of Lubbock, Texas, she earned District Diver of the Year honors in 2013 while also being garnering the Lubbock ISD Outstanding Female Diver Award.

“Tyler is a strong competitor and will really help our diving program,” Sybesma said.

A native of Sacramento, Calif. Johnson competes in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 IM. A National Club Swim Associations (NCSA) Junior National Qualifier, Johnson was the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Section winner in the 100 butterfly in 2013.

“Maddie is an accomplished swimmer and will add depth in our fly and IM,” Sybesma said.

Gibson will join the Horned Frogs out of nearby Southlake, Texas where she swims for the North Texas Nadadores Swim Club. Gibson competes in the 100 butterfly, 50 free and 200 IM. A five-time All-American, Gibson took silver in the 100 butterfly at the Texas Class 5A State Championships. Entering her senior season she currently owns four school records. 

 “Emily will make an immediate impact in our sprint and fly events,” Sybesma said. “Her sister Lyndsie Gibson also swims on our team and currently holds our 100 and 200 backstroke records.

On the men’s side, Destin Hall will join the Frogs out of Savannah, Ga. as a competitor in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 IM. A Georgia state champion, national qualifier and national junior finalist, Hall will add depth to the Horned Frogs breaststroke lineup.

“Destin will really help our breaststroke and IM events,” Sybesma said. “As he gets more experience I expect great things from him.”

A native of Elk Hills, Calif., Spallas competes for the Arden Hills Swim Club, along with fellow signee Johnson. He will swim for the Frogs in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 freestyle. Spallas is a Junior National Qualifier and Winter National Qualifier in the butterfly events.

“Matt is an outstanding swimmer,” Sybesma said. “He will excel for TCU in the butterfly and mid-distance events.”

Hunnicutt rounds out the signing class out of Springfield, Ore. where he competes in the 200 butterfly as well as the 200 and 400 IM. Entering his senior season, Hunnicutt holds the Oregon State Athletic Association records in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM. Currently holding five school records, Hunnicutt is a four-time high school state champion and six-time Oregon swimming state champion.

“I am excited about the experience Carlos brings in the IM and 200 butterfly,” Sybesma said. “He can be a difference maker at TCU.”

Following their record-setting performance at the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas, the Horned Frogs return to action beginning Saturday, Dec. 14 in a two-day dual with Missouri State in Jenks, Okla.

Photos Top to Bottom: Devin Newton, Tyler Sides, Maddie Johnson, Lindsay Shabet



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