Seven Sign National Letters Of Intent
Nov. 14, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Six swimmers and one diver signed National Letters of Intent this week to attend school at Fresno State and compete under head coach Jeanne Fleck and head diving coach Taryn Ignacio in the 2009-2010 season.
Jennifer Hicks (Cincinnati, Ohio), Rayanne Nguyen (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Kathryn Vietti (Clovis, Calif.), Britney Vogel (Fairfield, Calif.), Danielle Yoho (Sugar Land, Texas), Tiffany Boe (Bakersfield, Calif.) and diver Stacey Luke (Bothell, WA) are the newest additions to the women's swimming and diving team. This group of incoming college freshmen will aide in the re-building of the swimming and diving program at the university.
Hicks has chosen to join the team after four seasons on her high school swim team, Anderson High School, where she was a National short course winter championship qualifier and district qualifier in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Part of an all-state team, Hicks and her squad were state champions in 2008.
"Hicks is going to be our lead in the middle distance and distance events," said head coach Jeanne Fleck. "She is a great young lady who knows how to work and is really going to do great things in college swimming."
Nguyen joins the Bulldog family after her completion of four years on her high school swimming team, Dos Pueblos High School. A proven leader, Nguyen was varsity swim captain and earned All-American honors, while part of a team that were 2008 League Champions in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, which earned a New Channel League Championship record.
"Nguyen is a top butterfly recruit out of Santa Barbara who is going to really make a mark for us in the fly events," said Fleck. "She is a great young lady and is great in the classroom as well. These young ladies are great people as well and swimmers and will be a great foundation for our program."
Vietti's experience in swimming and water polo in the valley will give her strength entering college level competition. As an All-City, All-Valley, All-Conference athlete and MVP, Vietti placed third in the 50 freestyle event and fifth in the 100 freestyle at the valleys during her time at Clovis East High School.
"Kathryn is one of the strongest swimmers coming out of the Clovis area this year and she is going to do great things for us," said Fleck. "She will be leading the Bulldogs in the middle distance freestyle events."
Aiding the `Dogs in building a new foundation is Vogel, a four-year All-American swimmer in the 100 breaststroke. Vogel showcased her strengths by earning MVP, most outstanding, Republic girl's swimmer of the year honors while setting Armijo High School records in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke events.
"Vogel is a very strong breastroker who is already an All-American high school swimmer," said Fleck. "Her times coming in will be top eight in our conference meet. We are so excited she is joining our program."
Joining the team from the south is Yoho, an All-State and All-American competitor record holder in the 50 freestyle event, both at her high school, Clements High School, and in the Fort Bend districts.
"Dani is going to do great things here," said Fleck. "She is a raw sprinter who is also a great athlete. She is going to bring strength to our sprint and middle distance freestyle events. I cannot wait to see her swim in college."
The final swimmer to join the squad is Boe, a local valley swimmer at Stockdale High School, who earned an All-Area honorable mention and was a solid staple of her medley relay team which placed first in the Valley Championships.
"This young lady has a lot of potential as she plays water polo and swims," said Fleck. "It will be fun to see her concentrate on one sport. She loves Fresno State and will make a great Bulldog."
Luke, the only diver to sign a National Letter of intent to attend Fresno State to compete under Ignacio, has an extensive experience in diving ranging from her time on her high school team, Inglemoor High School, as well as on her three years experience on her club team.
In 2007, Luke was the Washington State Champion in diving and All-American. She placed third at the same event in 2006 and earned All-American honors. In her three years on the Pacific Northwest Diving Club, Luke placed on all three boards in 2008 and qualified for zones of the 3-meter and platform boards at the 2008 Summer Junior Region 10 Championships. A competitor in multiple AAU National Championships and Spring Region 10 Championships, Luke has an extensive background.
"I am ecstatic to have Stacey join our team," said Ignacio. "She is a hard worker and exemplifies the type of athlete we're looking for. Stacey will be a big contributor in dual and championship meets on all three boards."
Aiming to develop talent in each event, the Bulldogs set their sights high continuing the tradition of Fresno State swimming and diving.
"We could not have dreamed of a better first year recruiting class for Fresno State," said Fleck. "We have someone talented in every event. These young ladies are great people as well and swimmers and will be a great foundation for our program."
"Join the State - Fresno State" - The Fresno State swimming and diving team catches a wave to more action Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 on the campus of Boise State at 11 a.m.