Next year's freshman are expected to add depth to BYU's roster. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- BYU women's swimming coach Stan Crump announced the signing of three new recruits for the 2006-2007 swimming and diving campaign. Swimmers Natasha Menezes from Centennial, Colo., and Kirsty Ferrell from Glendora, Calif., and diver Tawni Jones from Mesa, Ariz., will contribute to the Cougar's roster next season in Provo.
Natasha Menezes, daughter of former BYU swimmers Ron and Melanie (Rile) Menezes, was the 2005 Colorado High School Champion in the 200 and 500 Free at Cherry Creek High School. She also holds the Colorado High School record in the 500 free at 4:53.57. Menezes was a High School All-American in 2004 and 2005 and is a Junior Nationals, U.S. Open and Senior National Qualifier. Menezes was recruited by Stanford and UCLA, among others. She is a member of the National Honor Society and carries a 4.5 GPA.
"Natasha has the whole package: academics, talent and she is a wonderful young lady as well," said Crump. "She is a high impact swimmer and I am delighted that she is coming to BYU."
Kirsty Ferrell, sister of current BYU swimmers Jeff and Jon Ferrell and former Cougar swimmer Monica Ferrell, will add depth to BYU in the 50,100 and 200 freestyle and 100 and 200 butterfly. Ferrell is a seven-time High School All-American at Glendora High School, a three-time CIF Sierra League MVP, three-time Sierra League record holder and holds five records at her high school. She was also a Junior National, U.S. Open and Senior National Qualifier and was ranked 13th nationally in the 50 freestyle among high school swimmers in 2005.
"Because of her times Kirsty will immediately be a contender in her events at our conference championships," Crump said. "Kirsty is a very versatile swimmer and true blue since birth. I am glad that we can finally call her a Cougar!"
Tawni Jones is a three-time High School All-American at Mountain View High School in Mesa, Ariz., and a two-time Arizona State Champion. Jones is the current Arizona State Record Holder in 1-meter diving, was a finalist at U.S. Diving Junior Nationals and a qualifier at U.S. Diving Senior Nationals. As a member of the National Honor Society, she will also graduate in the top-ten percent of her class.
"We are extremely happy to have Tawni joining us next year," said diving coach Keith Russell. "She has loads of talent and is very confident on the boards. She has potential to score on the national level."