One week after its longtime coach John Trembley was abruptly fired, the Tennessee men's swimming and diving program had some good news to share, announcing the addition of six swimmers for the 2012 class.
The signees hail from all parts of the country and globe, joining a program currently led by interim head coach Lars Jorgensen.
Gustav Lejdstrom will join Mans Hjelm and Jacob Thulin as the third Swedish native on UT's roster. Lejdstrom, of Helsingborg, Sweden, recently won the 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2011 Swedish Long Course Nationals.
"Gustav is a very versatile swimmer from Sweden who can help us in many events and relays," Jorgensen said of the freestyle specialist. "He could be one of the best international swimmers we've had in program history."
Trevor Leland (Northvale, N.J.) competed for both the New Jersey Wave club team and also Old Tappan High School. He was recently invited to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"He's a really hard worker," Jorgensen said. "I think he's going to look to help us out in butterfly, which we need some depth in, and distance freestyle as well."
Sean Lehane (Naperville, Ill.) has already qualified for the 2012 US Olympic Trials in the 200 backstroke. Last year, he traveled to Osaka, Japan, for an international competition.
"Sean is a very talented backstroker," Jorgensen said. "He has great potential to be an NCAA qualifier his freshman year. He'll help us on some relays, and we're looking for some big things from him."
Manny Mendoza (Round Rock, Texas) will swim in both the individual medley and distance freestyle. He's already clocked a qualifying time in the 400 IM for the Olympic trials.
"He's going to be a really hard worker," Jorgensen said. "He'll look to come in and help us out in his events."
Ryan Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) will be the second in his family to swim in the SEC, as his older brother, Connor, is currently at Florida. He will swim both freestyle and butterfly events.
"Ryan is potentially a really good swimmer," Jorgensen said. He can swim a lot of different events. I think he can be a future NCAA All-American."
Timothy Wylie (Dripping Springs, Texas) also brings some versatility to the Vols, as he's able to swim backstroke and freestyle. He is a Scholastic All-American.
"We've had some good swimmers from Texas," Jorgensen said. "We hope he can come in and help us out his freshman year."
Jorgensen was named to his position at the same time as Trembley's firing. The actions that led to Trembley's firing are currently being investigated by the Knoxville Police Department.