BYU women's head swim coach Stan Crump is really excited about the new recruits for next season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The BYU women's swim team has signed five recruits for the 2007-08 season including four all-Americans and two state record-holders. The recruits contribute in all the events and will be filling big holes that will be lost after this season.
"We really worked hard on our recruiting this year," said BYU women's head swim coach Stan Crump. "They have the potential to be our best-ever recruiting class here at BYU. We have really boosted our national potential with this group, and it will be fun to watch them train and compete."
Rachel Grant of Walnut, Calif., swims the butterfly, IM and freestyle. Grant is a 13-time high school All-American and a three-time CIF Champion. She is currently undergoing Senior National cuts in five events and Olympic Trial cuts in two. Grant was recruited by USC, UCLA, Cal and Washington.
Aleesha Miller of Mesa, Ariz., is the Arizona state 50 free record holder, a three-time Arizona 5A State Champion and a two-time Arizona High School Swimmer of the Year (2004 and 2006). She is a 14-time High School All-American and a Junior National, U.S. Open and Senior National qualifier. Miller was recruited by Neveda, UNLV, Idaho and Arizona State.
Utah native Sara Jayne Christiansen of Salt Lake City is the Utah state record holder in the 200 IM, 100 back and 100 breast. She is a four-time High School All-American, named twice as Utah High School Swimmer of the Year winning those awards in 2005 and 2006. Christiansen was named Salt Lake Tribune Athlete of the Week in 2005 and KUTV Channel 2 Prep Athlete of the Week in 2006. Christiansen was heavily recruited by Rice, Utah and Virginia.
Michelle Menezes is a highly recruited freestyle distance swimmer out of Centennial, Colo. She is a seven-time High School All-American, Denver Post's Best of the Best Swimmer in 2006 and a Junior National qualifier. She was recruited by Utah, Colorado State and Air Force. Menezes is also the sister of BYU freshman swimmer Natasha Menezes.
Samantha Crist of Angleton, Tex., is the last signee of the 2006-07 recruiting season. Crist is a freestyle sprinter that has all the physical tools to excel at the college level.
"These girls have helped us cover some big holes next year," said Crump. "We've covered all our bases, sprinters and distance along with some strokers and IM'ers."