April 23, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Three student-athletes have agreed to compete for the Washington State University women's swimming team next season, Cougar Head Coach Erica Quam announced, Friday.
Marina Jimenez (Jaen, Spain), Emma Johansson (Bjarred, Sweden) and Sonia Perez (Barcelona, Spain) will join the Cougars for the 2010-11 season.
Jimenez will be a transfer from the University of Granada and is an 11-time gold medalist at the Andalusian Swimming Championships.
"She will make an immediate impact in the breaststroke events as well as add depth in the individual medley," Quam said. "She has been improving consistently and is enthusiastic about the opportunities to be on relays, to race in the Pac-10, and get a great education here at WSU."
Johannson swam under coach Niklas Olsson for the club team Simklubben Hajen. She finished fifth in 100 meter butterfly at the Swedish National Championships. Johannson was also named "Swimmer of the Year" during both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
"Emma has really made huge strides over the last year in her events," Quam said. "She is a great flyer and also shows speed in freestyle events which will put her in a position to play an important role on our free relays in the near future. I believe Emma will be a great fit for our team, she responds well to challenges and has shown me she has a great outlook on her swimming."
Perez is ranked the No. 2 swimmer in Spain and is a three-time winner of the 100 meter and 200 meter backstroke at the Spanish Junior Swimming Championships.
"Sonia comes in with great experience and versatility that she is just beginning to tap into," said Quam. "Her strength is in backstroke where she is ranked the highest in Spain. She has shown she can swim a strong individual medley and middle distance freestyle as well. I believe she will be able to contribute to our team in many ways."
"The latest additions to our team will bring a wealth of international experience, diversity, and talent to our group of freshmen for the fall. Each of these young women have shown dramatic improvements, have high goals that they feel they can achieve by coming to WSU, and have personalities that will be a great mix for our team."
The trio will join Taylor Indahl (Gig Harbor, Wash.) and Lora Lougee (Santa Marina, Calif.), who each signed a National Letter of Intent last fall.