LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt announced the signing of eight individuals to National Letters of Intent for the 2015-16 season.
The incoming class consists of three divers and five swimmers, looking to make an immediate impact in the NM State line-up.
“Next year’s freshman class is another big class, from what they bring individually to the culture of our team,” said Pratt. “This group’s level of impact is tremendous. There is a lot of un-tapped talent and potential in this group and I’m thrilled to see what these ladies can do.”
The NM State swimming and diving team begins its 2015-16 campaign at home with four consecutive meets at the NM State Natatorium, including the Crimson and White meet (Oct. 7), Wyoming dual-meet (Oct. 23), Alumni meet (Oct. 24) and Northern Colorado dual-meet (Oct. 29).
2015-16 NM State Swimming and Diving Signees
Barbora Krizanova - Trnava, Slovakia
Club Team: STU Trnava
Club Coach: Rastislav Hlavty
High School: Constantine the Philosopher Univ.
Intended Major: Physical Education
Top Times: 1:12.24 (100 breast scm), 2:31.66 (100 breast scm), 2:21.41 (200 IM scm)
Quote from Coach Pratt: “Barbora is a great find for us and we are really excited for what she will bring to our team. She will contribute in the breastroke and IM events immediately in the WAC and is a very well rounded swimmer and can swim anything really. She is a very mature and smart lady who has a great energy and attitude that will fit in great with our team.”
Hanna McGowan - Tecumseh, KS
Club Team: Topeka Swim Association
Club Coach: Barry Neville
High School: Shawnee Heights High School
Intended Major: Nursing
Top Times: 1:04.93 (100 breast), 2:23.88 (200 breast)
Quote from Coach Pratt: Hanna had a strong senior year and has the potential to be a real threat. She has a great attitude and work ethic and is going to bring much to the table. We are honored to have her commitment to our program and I am excited to coach her.”
Harlee Whitezel - Albuquerque, N.M.
Club Team: Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team
Club Coach: Gordy Westerberg
High School: Cibola High School
Intended Major: Kinesiology
Top Times: 53.86 (100 free), 1:00.48 (100back)
Quote from Coach Pratt: “Harlee has many physical and character attributes that will allow her to thrive with our program. Physically she is athletic, has good feel for the water and has a strong kick. She was also someone who the team really liked and she left a very positive impression with everyone during her campus visit. I am very excited to coach her and think her potential is great.”
Lauren Wood - Temecula, Calif.
Club Team: Temecula Swim and Club
Club Coach: Nathan Wilcox
High School: Chaparral High School
Intended Major: Biology-Molecular
Top Times: 1:03.57 (100 breast), 2:18.11 (200 Breast), 2:05.01 (200 IM)
Quote from Coach Pratt: “It is very exciting to have Lauren’s commitment. She is a tough trainer, has great potential, and is fun to be around. Our staff and team made an immediate connection with Lauren and it was clear to us early in the process that she was a perfect fit. She has the character and drive to be amazing.”
Aimee Hatfield - Pheonix, Ariz.
Club Team: Phoenix Swim Club
Club Coaches: Garrett McCaffrey and Herbie Behm
High School: Xavier College Preparatory
Intended Major: Electrical Engineering
Top Times: 23.65 (50 free), 52.81 (100 free)
Quote from assistant coach Rachel Judge: “Aimee has the potential to be one of the top sprinters in program history. Aimee is a bright young lady who will represent us well in the classroom, the pool and the community! She’s definitely a game day swimmer and loves to race. Her competitiveness will be an awesome addition to our sprinters and will continue to drive that group forward for the next four years!”
Lanie Mcalpin – San Antonio, Texas
Club Team: Alamo Area Aquatics Association
Club Coach: Derek Howorth
High School: Sandra Day O’ Connor High School
Intended Major: Broadcast Journalism
Top times: 57.48 (100 back), 2:05.57 (200 back), 59.09 (100 fly)
Quote from Coach Pratt: "It was apparent early in the process that Lanie was a great fit for NM State. She is hard working, talented and is a great team-mate. She'll contribute immediately in the backstroke events and has potential in the fly and IM events as well. We're excited about her future with our team and as a student here.
Raina Brommer – Riverside, Calif.
Club Team: Turn N’ Burn Diving
Club Coach: Jimmy Adams
High School: Martin Luther King High School
Intended Major: Kinesiology
Quote from diving coach Kyle Bogner: “Raina is everything that we look for in an Aggie. She has great drive and work ethic, and she connected with the team immediately. Finding athletes, like Raina, with experience on platform is rare coming out of high school. Her coach, Jimmy Adams, has done a great job developing her talent. Raina’s potential isn’t limited to the platform, her diving on springboard is great, as well. She is going to be a big contender in the WAC in all three events; and that is only the beginning.”
Katie Nissle – Thornton, Colo.
Club Team: Mile High Dive Club
Club Coaches: Jack Perkins and Jenn Hess
High School: Horizon High School
Intended Major: Animal Science – Companion Animals
Quote from Coach Bogner: “I was determined to sign Katie from the first time I saw her dive. She has many natural abilities that typically take years to develop and a gymnastics background that has developed her strength and aerial awareness. Katie is fearless, and is truly a diamond in the rough. I am very eager to work with her.”
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