Saint Louis Swimming and Diving Welcomes Four Newcomers
Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics

ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis swimming and diving head coach Jim Halliburton has announced the addition of Lily Iler (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic), Madison Kelly (Rockville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) and Katie Schmude (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) to the women’s team and T.J. Halliburton (St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade) to the men’s team. All four begin four years of eligibility in the 2017-18 season.

Iler is a freestyle/butterfly specialist, ranked by  CollegeSwimming.com as the No. 27 prep swimmer in Kentucky. At the 2016 Kentucky Region Eight Championships, Iler registered a career-best time of 5:09.36 in the 500-yard freestyle. In the butterfly events, she turned in personal bests of 1:03.44 in the 100-yard and 2:09.77 in the 200-yard.

“Lily is a hard worker who should add needed depth to our fly and mid-distance free events,” Halliburton said. “She has the potential to be a solid contributor for us down the road. We are excited to watch her develop as a Billiken.”

Kelly is the 20th-ranked swimmer in Maryland by CollegeSwimming.com. She primarily competes in the freestyle and backstroke events but has the versatility to compete in any stroke. Kelly has personal bests of 1:55.78 in the 200-yard freestyle, 5:08.83 in the 500-yard freestyle, 10:41.88 in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 2:05.08 in the 200-yard backstroke. Her 200-yard backstroke time matches the third-fastest time in SLU history.

“Madison comes to SLU from the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club,” Halliburton said. “We think she can help right away in several freestyle events and especially help us in the 200-yard backstroke.”

Schmude is an All-State performer in the 200-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, as well as the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. She has personal bests of 57.43 in the 100-yard butterfly and 2:06.37 in the 200-yard butterfly. Since Schmude joined the swim team, Kingwood has not lost a dual meet.

“For our women's team, our biggest recruiting need in this class was to get a top butterfly and IM swimmer,” Halliburton said. “We are excited to sign Katie as we think she has a good chance to place in the A-10 Championships in her freshman year in both of these events.”

Halliburton, son of head coach Jim Halliburton, is a six-time conference champion and a 2016-17 All-American. He is one of five swimmers in Missouri high school history to break 50 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. Halliburton’s career bests in the backstroke are 49.98 in the 100-yard (fifth all-time in Missouri) and 1:50.40 in the 200-yard backstroke. He also holds the Missouri record in the 50-yard backstroke. CollegeSwimming.com ranks Halliburton as the No. 3 swimmer in Missouri.

“Backstroke was our biggest need on the men's side, and T.J. is one of the fastest backstrokers to ever come out of Missouri,” Halliburton said. “We think he can compete for a spot on our top medley relay from day one. T.J. really likes to race. We think he will help us in the backstroke events as well as the 200-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly and freestyle relays.”