29 Th11 2021 | 07:59
The Grand Canyon’s men’s swimming and diving team welcomes five new additions to its 2021-22 squad. The class will feature state and international champions, All-Americans and an Olympic qualifier.
“We are excited to announce are deepest men’s roster in the history of the program,” GCU associate head coach Chris O’Linger said. “These new additions to our team will help us through a more high-powered schedule throughout the season, we are looking forward to competing with power five programs at the highest level and capitalizing on the national achievements we have had prior.”
Sophomore Jack Armstrong is a transfer from Auburn. Armstrong was a 2020 Olympic Trials qualifier and was named an All-American as a relay alternate in the 200-yard freestyle with the War Eagles. The Manvel, Texas, native is a Texas 5A state record holder in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Armstrong was also crowned a Speedo Junior National Champion in the 50 and 100 freestyles in 2019. He medaled in the 400 freestyle relay (gold) and 400 medley relay (silver) at the 2019 USA Junior World Championships. At Manvel High School, Armstrong qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 50 and 100 freestyles. In addition, he won wave one of the US Olympic Trials in the 50 free (LCM). Armstrong also swam for the Houston Bridge Bats club team.
Freshman Sam Jennings is a Houston native who attended Springwood High School, where he was an All-American swimmer in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley. Jennings placed third at the state championship in the 200 individual medley. He qualified for the summer Junior Nationals event. Jennings also swam for the Houston Bridge Bats.
Freshman Vitaly Kostin will be joining the squad in December of 2021. Kostin is a native of Novosibirsk, Russia. He attended the Moscow Olympic Sport High School. Kostin competed in on the Junior National roster for Russia. He also participated in international competitions.