Mizzou Men's Swimming & Diving Add Three To Program

Tigers add two swimmers, Columbia, Mo. diver to bolster talented 2007 recruiting class

May 8, 2007

Columbia, Mo. - University of Missouri Head Swimming and Diving Coach Brian Hoffer announced the signing of three student-athletes to his men's program on Tuesday.

Hoffer added a pair of swimmers, Jordan Hawley (Plano, Texas / Plano West) and Kevin Bigham (Blue Springs, Mo. / High) as well as Columbia Hickman diver Dante Jones to his outstanding 2006-07 recruiting haul. Earlier this season the Tigers signed two standouts, University of Florida transfer and returning NCAA qualifier Max Jaben and Omaha, Neb., native Spenser Lauver. Both Jaben and Lauver signed with Mizzou in February.

"These three guys make Mizzou Swimming and Diving better immediately," Hoffer said. "The men that are joining us are focused and are willing to work toward their goals to become the best. We couldn't be more pleased with the type of young men that have decided to make our program better. Our men's program changes dramatically with the combination of these fine young men, our early signings of Max Jaben and Spencer Lauver, and getting two redshirts back for the fall."

Jordan Hawley
Spring Free (Plano, Texas / Plano West)
Quickly on Hawley:
Standout at Plano West High School in both the 50 and 100 freestyle ... Recorded career best times of 20.87 in the 50 free and 46.54 in the 100 free ... Owns four school records, the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay and 200 medley ... Earned all-state recognition in each of those four events as well, including the 50 free where he finished fifth at the Texas Class 5A State Championships ... Led Plano West to its highest finish at the Texas State Championships in school history following his senior season ... Competed for the City of Plano Swimmers where he was coached by Steve Mateer.

Hoffer on Hawley:
"Jordan has made very impressive progress as a swimmer over the past year. We couldn't be happier that he decided to become a Tiger and we look forward to him becoming a major contributor to our team in both the relays and the 50 and 100 free."


Kevin Bigham
Backstroke (Blue Springs, Mo. / High)
Quickly on Bigham:
Outstanding student-athlete prospect that swam for Pete Malone and the Kansas City Blazers ... Earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-America honors, while being named to the Missouri Valley's All-Academic Team ... Helped Blue Springs High School to the 2004 State Championship ... Three-time all-state selection and named the Blue Springs High School team captain as a senior ... Named to the All-Kansas City Metro Team ... Earned top eight finishes at both the Speedo Sectional Championships and the Central Zones ... Recorded top times of 53.50 in the 100 back and 1:53.21 in the 200 back ... Also a standout athlete in water polo, holding the Kansas City Water Polo League record with 15 goals in one game.

Hoffer on Bigham:
"As the captain for the Kansas City Blazers, Kevin won't only provide a solid work ethic in the pool, but he will also help shape our program into a great overall team. I truly feel that Kevin has only scratched the surface as far as what he can accomplish in the pool and we are excited to have him become a Tiger."

Dante Jones
Diver (Columbia, Mo. / Hickman)
Quickly on Jones:
Brings excellent athleticism to the Mizzou Diving squad and was a 2006 Junior Olympic West National qualifier ... Earned the 2007 Missouri State Championship as a senior and was the 2007 Junior Olympic Region IV Champion on the 1-meter ... Coached by Jamie Sweeney for the Mizzou Diving Club.

Diving Coach Jamie Sweeney on Jones:
"Dante has been diving with the club team for more than two years now and we are excited that he has decided to stay home and help make Missouri Swimming and Diving a top program. He's a diamond in the rough. The level of his talent and athleticism is off the charts. He is currently one of only two divers in the U.S. that are competing a front 4 ½ tuck off of the 10-meter platform."

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Head Coach Brian Hoffer added three to his men's swimming and diving program on Tuesday.