May 11, 2012
By Kelly Mason
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - Head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck announced the addition of four more student-athletes to the 2012-13 season. Joining Danielle Powers and Lindsay Ruiz will be Kelly Simmons, Jane Mortlock, Leah Hatayama, Lacie Ruth, Dana Jones and Haley Washburn.
Simmons comes from San Jose, Calif. and swims for Valley Christian High School. Her specialties are mid distance freestyle and butterfly. She was a gymnast and tri-athlete before committing to swimming.
"I chose Fresno State because it had everything I wanted: a strong swim team, great coaches, a close group of girls like a family and a lot of team spirit," said Simmons. "Fresno State also had one of the best programs for my major and I loved the campus and the new pool."
Mortlock, a native of Nanaimo, B.C., will join the Bulldogs as a transfer from Washington State. She swam at Dover Bay Secondary School and specializes in breastroke. Mortlock competed at the Canadian Olympic Trial qualifier in the 100 Breastroke, 200 Breastroke and the 200 IM. She was the bronze medalist in the 50 and 100 Breastroke at the Western Canadians and was named the Nanaimo's best junior Women's Athlete of the Year for 2011.
"I chose Fresno State because I liked the coaching and the team as well as the beautiful campus and pool," said Mortlock.
Hatayama, a native of Fresno, Calif., is a sprint freestyler from Sanger High School. She is the younger sister of Stephanie Hatayama, who was a member of the first team under Jeanne Fleck at Fresno State and graduated in 2011.
Fleck also added a diver to the program with the commitment of Ruth from Visalia, Calif. She competed as a diver at Mt Whitney High School and finished third at CIF last year. She was named a 2011 Fresno Bee All-Star in only her third year of diving.
"I picked Fresno State because I felt it was the best choice of school for my future diving and academic accomplishments," said Ruth.
Also joining the Fresno State swimming and diving team will be Jones and Washburn. Jones, a native of San Diego, Calif., will add depth to the sprint freestyle races and Washburn, a native of Sanger, Calif., will swim breastroke events .
"The school and swim team are exactly what I am looking for in a university and athletics," said Jones. "The nursing program is highly recommended and the team works so well together. I am very excited to be a Bulldog!"
"Fresno State allows me the opportunity to swim with a great team, have superb coaching, and stay close to home; all in a beautiful, new swim complex," said Washburn. "Academically, they offer an excellent science department and nursing program."
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