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Jayhawks Swimming and Diving inks three recruits

Colby Pantall (left), Tia Moppert (center) and Jade Vidas (right) all recently signed to swim and dive at Jamestown Community College. Submitted Photo.

JAMESTOWN — Looking to keep adding to the Jamestown Community College swimming & diving team, head coach Todd Conklin has inked three more signees.

The new signees include two local swimmers in Tia Moppert from Gowanda Central School and Colby Pantall from Maple Grove High School. To round out the new group of Jayhawks is Jade Vidas from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Moppert has made her mark at the high school level, qualifying for silvers and the championships every year she has competed. Moppert has also qualified for the Erie County Interscholastic Conference in two consecutive years while qualifying for sectionals one time.

Moppert has also rewrote the record book at Gowanda, holding eight school records which include the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free, the 200 IM, the 100 fly, 100 back, 200 and 400 free relay and 200 medley relay. With Moppert’s versatility, she will look to contribute right away.

Colby Pantall will look to compete right away for the Jayhawks. Pantall was an integral part of Maple Grove reaching sectionals on multiple occasions.

Lastly, Vidas will look to bring a competitive style of swimming coming from Parktown High School for Girls where she has had five South African Qualifying Times, three level 3 Times, and five Premier League Times. Vidas specializes in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly. For those events, Vidas has posted personal best in the 50m freestyle with a 31.00, 50m backstroke with a 32.95 and in the 50m butterfly, posting a 30.89.

“Jade works very well in a team environment,” said Vidas’ high school swimming coach Reece Turner. “She is always willing to extend a helping hand to those who seek encouragement and support.”

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