Nov. 17, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Kiana Sullenberger and Shanell Sullenberger have each signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in women's swimming at Washington State, Cougar Head Coach Tom Jager announced, Thursday.
The twins are Tacoma, Wash., natives and both currently swim for River Ridge High School and are members of the Thurston Olympians Swim Club. They will join the Washington State swim team in the fall of 2012.
"These are two good breaststrokers; they bring a lot to the team. Every team needs great breaststrokers, so we are really happy to have them," said Jager. "The personal rivalry between the two of them is going to create good swimming, not to mention when you add them to the great group of swimmers we already have."
Kiana has earned varsity letters in swimming for four years. She placed second in the state in the 100 breast her sophomore and senior years. She also currently holds school records in the 200 IM, 100 free and 100 breast.
Shanell is also a four-year varsity letter winner. She placed second in the state in the 100 breast her junior year and second in the 50 free her senior year. She currently holds school records in the 50 free, 200 free, 500 free and 100 fly.
"I also really liked their character," added Jager. "Some kids are scared to swim in the Pac-12, they want to take the easy road; but these girls wanted to swim against the best. That attitude is what creates success in the Pac-12. That is what we want. It is what we are looking for in our swimmers and in our recruiting."
While speaking of the current Cougar recruiting class Jager stated, "Our recruiting class indicates the direction we are going. We are recruiting California kids and we're recruiting in the state of Washington. Our priority is to get the best swimmers we can from those two states. After that is the inner-mountain region. Right now the only kid we are missing is a foreign athlete. Between now and April we are going to be looking to sign a great foreign athlete."