By Ray Cartwright
Frogs Today staff writer
The TCU family grew larger Thursday as the TCU soccer and swimming programs announced their 2023 classes.
Both were able to capitalize on recent successes to put together solid classes.
Here’s a full breakdown:
After signing a big class last year that saw contributions from many, including Big 12 Freshman of the Year Grace Coppinger, coach Eric Bell and his staff landed two impactful additions to their future in Gabrielle Ceballos and Isbella Diorio.
Cabellos highlights the class for Bell. She comes to the Frogs from San Antonio rated as a four-star midfielder by TopDrawerSoccer. Cabellos played her club soccer for Classics Elite.
Diorio is another strong addition for the class. She is coming to the Frogs from Lockport, Ill, where she was a three-star defender who played her club ball for Eclipse Select.
Swimming and diving
TCU searched far and wide for talent in this class, not only signing several future Frogs from the United States but also going into international waters to find talent.
Coach James Winchester added eight new swimmers.
On the men’s side, the Frogs were signed Elliot Dillon, Felipe Gonclaves, and Nikola Kottin.
Gonclaves comes to the Frogs from São Paulo, Brazil, where he is the 174th ranked swimmer in the world according to Swimcloud and has a power index of 7.70. Gonclaves is the highest rated swimmer in the class with strong times in the breaststrong and individual medley events. Gonclaves can also swim distance events for the Frogs.
Dillon, who specializes in diving, is from Manchester, England.
Kottin is Subotica, Serbia, and is the 234th ranked swimmer in the world with a strong pedigree in short-distance individual medley and freestyle events. Kottin has placed seventh and eighth in the World Junior Championships and first in the Serbian Championships. Kottin also has a power index rating of 9.34.
Five newcomers were added to women’s team — Alexis Drap, Inge Ehm, Jordyn Warner, Sydney Inman and Morgan Rodriguez.
Drap comes to the Frogs from Southlake, where she is the 42nd-ranked swimmer in Texas and has a power index of 21.15. Drap is a strong all-around swimmer in the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. She also can either swim in sprint events for the Frogs or long distance.
Emh is from Castle Rock, Colo., where she is the 13th-ranked swimmer in the state and has a power index of 15.95. Ehm is excels in the butterfly, individual medley and freestyle.
Rodriguez, from Austin, and she is the 35th-best swimmer in Texas with a power index of 19.47. Her specialty events include the freestyle, butterfly and individual medley, an is known for her distance swimming.
Inman, from Boulder, Colo., is ranked the 23rd best swimmer in Colorado. She has a power index of 20.98 and is strong swimmer in all of the distance events.
TCU found Warner in Newport Beach, Calif., where she was an underrated swimmer who Winchester believes is immensely talented.