April 28, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Katie Leidel is Washington State University's newest women's swimming recruit having signed her national letter of intent during the late-signing period to join the Cougars next season.
"Katie Leidel adds depth to our squad because she swims both breaststrokes, both Individual Medleys, and sprint freestyle," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "She adds immediately to five events, plus some relays."
Leidel, a native of Round Rock, Texas, specializes in these three events and currently attends Round Rock High School, just outside of Austin, Texas. Leidel also swam for Texas Aquatics under world-class coach Jack Roach, who according to Aceto produces world-class swimmers.
Some of Leidel's accomplishments in the water include being a four-time qualifier for Junior Nationals and being named first-team All-State (Texas) during her junior year in the 200 IM. She was also a three-time state qualifier in the 100 breaststroke.
"She is going to be very disciplined in her training habits and her expectations from her program (Texas Aquatics) are at the highest level," Aceto said. "She has a great personality and I think the combination of everything she has to offer is going to help us as a team."
Leidel is a member of the National Honor Society as well as Mu Alpha Theta, a Mathematics Honor Society. She holds a prep grade-point average of 4.6 based on a 5.0 scale.
Leidel was also being recruited by Georgia Southern, Fresno State, and Florida Atlantic University.