May 6, 2013
NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt swimming head coach Jeremy Organ announced the signing of Chandler Soapes to a National Letter of Intent during the spring signing period Monday morning.
In addition to the signing of Soapes, Organ also announced the addition of two walk-ons who will be joining the program as freshmen next season, Lauren Egan and Rachel Koch.
The Commodores add to the class that already signed Kathryn Babbin, Carrie Bencic, Alexandra Blankenburg, Kathryn Coughlin, Olivia Leunis and Kayla Moran during the fall signing period.
Soapes, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., will join the Commodores after a decorated career at The Bolles School under head coach Sergio Lopez. She helped her swim team to the Florida High School 1A State Championship for the last six years. Soapes is also a member of the Bolles Sharks club team that is also coached by Lopez. She was named to the Florida Times Union All-First Coast First Team five times (2008-12). Soapes was a five-time Junior National Qualifier and four-time Senior National Qualifier. She was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from 2010-12. She plans to major in history and economics at Vanderbilt.
“Chandler was a nice surprise addition to our incoming class. She comes to us from one of the top club programs in the country so she will be comfortable competing in the SEC,” Organ said. “We feel she will be a great fit into our program and are very excited about her choosing Vanderbilt.”
Lauren Egan will come to Vanderbilt as a walk-on for the Commodore swim team next fall. The Baltimore, Md., native currently attends the McDonogh School after lettering all four years on the swim team. Egan holds the school record in the 200 medley relay and was a Scholastic All-American as a senior. Outside of the pool, Egan was on the honor roll all four years of high school.
“I feel that Lauren has untapped potential in the pool, she has had a bit of a rocky road the past couple of years and we really think she is ready to break out.”
Koch, a senior at the Wesleyan School, will venture to Vanderbilt from her hometown of Atlanta, Ga. Under head coach Kevin Kadzis, Koch was named all-county second team and second team all state. Koch was also a member of the Dynamo Swim Club. She holds the school record in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard medley relay. Koch lettered in swimming and cross country all four years of high school, while being named the swim team captain as a senior. Outside of the pool, she is a member of the National Honors Society and Spanish and Science National Honor Society.
“Rachel is coming to us from the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta and we really look forward to seeing her compete in the butterfly events for us,” Organ explained. “Rachel will excel here at Vanderbilt both in the pool and in the classroom, she is exactly what we look for in our student-athletes.”