Alex Kotliarsky, a native of Lone Tree, Colo., transfers to CSUB from Indiana University where he was a three-year letterwinner for the Hoosiers. He will redshirt the 2012-13 season and train at the Colorado Athletic Club and will have one year of eligibility remaining.
Kotliarsky placed 20th for Indiana in the 500 freestyle as a sophomore at the Big 10 Championships. A senior National and US Open qualifier, his best time in the 500 free is 4:25.35. He also competed in the 50 (:20.90), 100 free (:46.39), and 1000 free (9:24.51) for IU.
“Alex is not only making our already freestyle group faster, but his knowledge of big time swimming will help our young team develop,” Hansen said. “Alex will be an asset as a swimmer and a leader. He is coming in at the right time to help our 800 free relay with Alex Daneke graduating. I am really excited to get to work with Alex, he has some big goals and I think together we can reach those goals.”
Taylor Niemann is from Thousand Oaks, Calif. He currently attends Westlake High School and swims for the Class Aquatics Club for coach Steve Reardon. His best time in the 200 breaststroke is 2:05.90.
“Taylor will be helping our depth in the breaststroke events,” Hansen said. “His 200 breaststroke is so much faster than his 100 breaststroke. I don’t think Taylor has hit his potential yet. I believe he will be a threat in the 200 and will find his 100 stroke.”
Luka Seles comes to Bakersfield from Zagreb, Croatia where he swims for Vlado Petkovic and the Swim Club Medescak. Seles is a member of Croatia’s Junior National Team and represented his country in 2011 and 2012 at the European Junior Championships. His best times (in meters) are 100 Back-58.68, 100 Fly-55.00, 200 Fly-2:01.42, 100 Free-52.21, and 400 Free-4:08.08.
“Luka was a great catch for our program,” said Hansen. “He is a much needed addition and he could swim many different events. He will mainly focus on the butterfly and free, but can also swim backstroke. His fly meter times converted into yards will make him among the fastest in our conference and put him on track for the NCAA Championship. We are lucky to have him in Bakersfield.”
The lone female prep swimmer signing with CSUB during the fall is Sara Christiansen. A Thousand Oaks, Calif. native, like Niemann, she also swims for Class Aquatics. She will graduate from Newbury Park High School in the Spring of 2013. Her best time in the 100 breaststroke is 1:05.88 and in the 200 breaststroke is 2:26.02.
“Sara is a much needed addition to our team,” said Hansen. “Our breaststroke has not recovered since graduating in 2012. We were lucky to get Jodi Hanson this season but lose her to graduation after this season. What excites us about Sara is that she is new to the sport. She has been swimming for a very short time and continues to get faster. She will be someone to watch, I believe she will shock some teams next year.”