PULLMAN, Wash. – Three student-athletes each signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Washington State women’s swimming team starting in the 2014-15 season, Cougar Head Coach Tom Jager announced Wednesday.
The signees are Anna Brolin (Gilroy, Calif.), Hannah Bruggman (Wenatchee, Wash.), and Rachel Thompson (Santa Ana, Calif.).
“This is a great start for early recruiting,” Jager said. “We are still out there looking for a couple more, but are very pleased with the swimmers that signed to be Cougars today.”
Brolin swims for Gilroy High School and will graduate with the class of 2014. She competed in the California Boys & Girls Central Coast Section Championships in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. She also swam for the Morgan Hill Swim Club and competed for the club in the 2012 and 2013 Speedo Champions Series in Santa Clarita, Calif. Her primary events are sprint distance breaststroke and butterfly. At the 2012-13 Central Coast Section Championships, she tabbed career bests in the 100 breast (1:05.89) and 100 fly (56.22).
Coach Jager Says: “Anna is a great swimmer with great character. She has an unbelievable feel for the water and will swim all strokes very well in our conference.”
Bruggman is a senior on Wenatchee High School’s swimming team and also has competed with Velocity Swimming in East Wenatchee, Wash. She competed in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Washington Girls 4A Championships, as well as the Speedo Championships in 2012 and 2013. Her primary events are freestyle and backstroke. At the 2012-13 state championships, Bruggman tabbed a 50 free time of 23.68 and a 100 free time of 51.71, her career best marks in both events. Her career best mark in the 200 back is 58.30, which she achieved at the 2013 Speedo Championships.
Coach Jager Says: “We’re excited to have Hannah be a Cougar. I appreciate her independent style and nature. She is a stubborn kid that will be a great sprinter in the Pac-12.”
Thompson, who will graduate from Foothill High School in Santa Ana, Calif., as a part of the class of 2014, competed in the 2011-12 California Boys & Girls Southern Division Two Section Championships with her high school team, as well as the 2012-13 Division One Section Championships. In addition to competition with her high school time, Thompson swam for the JCC Waves in Irvine, Calif. With the club, she competed in the Speedo Champions Series in 2012 and 2013, and swam in the 2013 Swimming Junior National Championships. Her primary events are freestyle and backstroke and she has competed in a variety of distances in both events. At the 2012 Speedo Champions Series, she tabbed a 50 free finish of 24.52 and a 500 free time of 4:58.47.
Coach Jager Says: “I like Rachel’s approach to swimming. She has a great sense of humor and positive energy. She will make an immediate impact in our middle distance lane next year.”