PROVO -- On Thursday BYU women's swimming head coach Stan Crump announced the signing of five new high school recruits to join the Cougars in the 2003-2004 campaign.
The recruits are expected to strengthen the Cougars in the middle and long-distance freestyle events, areas BYU focused on improving with its last recruiting class.
"I am really pleased with the quality and quantity of the this year's recruiting class," said Crump. "All of these young ladies will help us in our freestyle needs, from sprints to distance. On top of that, they all swim other things well."
The Cougars have had strong recruiting classes in the past, but Crump feels especially good about his one. He said, "Down the road, this could be remembered as one of the best recruiting classes ever at BYU."
Among the new recruits are two native Utahans, Brittany Davis of Cypress High School in Magna, and Kiersten Braithwaite, a product of Brighton High School in Sandy.
Davis, the 2001 Utah Swimmer of the Year, is a five-time Utah State Champion in the 200 back, 200 free, and 200 IM. She currently holds 22 state swimming records including the Utah State high school record for the 100 back. Besides swimming, Davis is a dedicated student earning Honor Role and USA Swimming Academic All-America Honors. She was recruited by Utah, Arizona State and BYU.
"Brittany is a very versatile swimmer and has potential to be one of the best Utah native swimmers ever to come to BYU," said Crump.
Braithwaite is the two-time defending Utah State 5A champion in both the 200 IM and the 500 free. She holds the state record in the 200-meter breaststroke, and is the 2002 Western Zone Champion in the same event. Oregon State and BYU both recruited Braithwaite.
"Kiersten is a middle-distance/distance specialist who can swim all of the strokes competitively," said Crump. "Because of the expanded events program in college, she will get a chance to swim events more suited to her strengths. She will be able to help us immediately."
In addition to the Utah recruits, the Cougars also signed three standout athletes from Texas, where there is a long track record of great swimmer.
Megan Mullen of El Paso is the Texas High School District Record Holder in the 100 back and earned Second-Team Texas All-State honors in that event. She is a USA Sectionals qualifier, and a member of the National Honor Society at her high school where she is ranked third in her class. She was recruited by Texas A&M and BYU.
Sarah Woodbury, a native of Austin, is an NISCA High School All-American, a first-Team Texas All-District, First-Team Texas All-State, Westwood High School Record Holder and an Honor Role student. Texas, Texas A&M, and BYU all recruited her.
"I am excited to get three swimmers from Texas, which is a great swimming state," said Crump. "Megan and Sarah are very athletic and will help us quickly from the sprint lane."
The final of the three early recruits is Kenley Woods of Plano, Texas, who was recruited by Colorado State, Fresno State, Texas, Texas A&M, Rice, SMU and BYU. Woods is nationally ranked in the breaststroke and IM events. Her honors include NISCA High School All-America, Ohio and Texas All-State swimmer, and she is also a Senior Nationals qualifier.
Crump said, "Kenley can also sprint, and is competitive in the IM and virtually every event on the program."
With possibly one of the best recruiting classes in BYU history, Crump and the Cougars will continue the mark of excellence that has never seen the Cougars finish lower than second in conference championships and has earned them six conference titles since 1991.
"All of these swimmers are quality athletes and excellent students," said Crump. "I love their focus and goals."