Cougars Sign Six Swimmers
Nov. 15, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Six student-athletes 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 signees are Kendra Griffin (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Hailey Johnson (Genesee, Idaho), Elise Locke (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Haley Love (Brentwood, Calif.), Emma Ronczkowski (Bloomington, Ill.) and Anna Rosen (Gothenburg, Sweden).
"All of these kids have similar attributes - they all are confident, intelligent, great leaders, and nice people," Jager said. "They all come out of quality club programs so they have been groomed for success. Each of these athletes fits in so well with our team and our character."
Griffin (Scottsdale, Ariz.) swam her freshman year at Horizon High School and was team MVP before transferring to Pinnacle High School where she competed for three seasons. She finished third in 100 fly and fourth in 500 free at state meet during her junior season and received MVP award. She competes for the Scottsdale Aquatic Club. She won the 800 free at 2012 sections meet and achieved three junior national cuts.
Coach Jager Says: "Kendra is a great kid - haven't met a nicer recruit. During the hardest of circumstances she has a smile on her face. That tells me a lot about how she handles pressure. She is a very good distance swimmer, but also has a big future in the fly."
Johnson won the 50 free and 100 free at state as a senior at Genesee High School She led Genesee to the 3A-1A state title. She swims for Gold Medal Swim Club in Moscow, Idaho.
Coach Jager Says: "Hailey is a quality human being who loves to work hard. She already knows she wants to be an engineer, so she has skills in the classroom. She is going to be a Pac-12 sprinter and her fly is developing."
Locke swims for Presentation High School. She is a three-time varsity MVP and was the school's freshman of the year. In 2010, she was named the Western Zones Most Valuable 15-16 Girl. She captured the league title in the 200 individual medley and was third in the section while setting a school record in the event. She also set a school record in the 500 freestyle. She ranks in the Pacific Swimming top 10 and competes for the Santa Clara (Calif.) Swim Club.
Coach Jager Says: "Elise comes out of a great club program. She is a tough kid. She is always positive and loves to work hard. She has a Santa Cruz attitude about life and I love this."
Love earned four varsity letters in swimming at Heritage High School and was a captain during her junior and senior seasons. A three-time league champion in the 50 free and 100 free, she finished second in the 50 and third in the 100, respectively at the North Coast Section Championships as a junior while earning All-America status. She swims for the Terrapin Swim Team.
Coach Jager Says: "This kid is a leader - focused, determined, and selfless; couldn't think of a better person to build a team around."
Ronczkowski (Bloomington, Ill.) earned three varsity letters for University High School. She was a team co-captain as a junior and the head captain during her senior year...She captured four short and long course senior team championships and was an all-area swimmer each year.
Coach Jager Says: "Emma is strong and calm - she will get the job done under any circumstance; quality person."
Rosen is a sprint freestyler who participated in the European Junior Nationals in 2009 as well as the Swedish Long Course and Short Course Championships in 2011.
Coach Jager Says: "Anna is fast, athletic, explosive, and has a great sense of humor - all things I like in an athlete."
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