Utah swimming signed six athletes for the 2008-09 season.
Nov. 20, 2007
The University of Utah swimming and diving team has completed its early signing period with the inking of four women and two men who will join the team for the 2008-09 season. First-year head coach Greg Winslow announced the new class on Tuesday, which includes four high school All-Americans.
With conversion times from meters to yards, the incoming class has posted times that would break ten Utah school records.
"We are really excited about our class for the 2008-09 season," comments Winslow. "We answered all of the questions we needed to address for the women and the newcomers will have an immediate impact on our team. This class has the potential to set new records at Utah and make a mark at the NCAA Championships as well. The men will make an immediate impact in the conference and all have potential to develop into contenders nationally."
Here's a look at the 2008 recruiting class:
Whitney Lopus - Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain HS), (free/fly): Top rated high school fly swimmer in the nation ... swims wide range of events and will help the Utes in fly, free and relay events ... Olympic time trial qualifier in the 200 and 400 free, along with the 100 and 200 fly ... high school All-American ... swam under Winslow at Sun Devil Aquatics Club.
Winslow's take on Lopus: "I'm excited to work with Whitney again. She is an athlete who can change a program at any event and has the potential to make an impact at the NCAA Championships. While at Utah, she will also be focusing on training for the Olympics in London in 2012."
Hannah Caron - Raleigh, N.C. (Woods Charter), (fly/breast/IM): Olympic trials qualifier in the 200 IM and 100 fly ... great sprint free swimmer as well ... well rounded athlete who could compete in multiple events at a conference championship level ... high school All-American ... swam for North Carolina Aquatic Club.
Winslow's take on Caron: "It is great to have Hannah as a Ute; she is one of the top swimmers in the country. She has the potential to change the conference record books and also have an impact nationally. Hannah has the personality to fit in well with our team and immediately help us win."
Winslow's take on Cox: "Sarah is the type of person that can change a program without even stepping into the pool. She brings an enthusiasm that can change not only a workout but an entire team and push it to be better. I'm excited to work with her again. She will help out in numerous events for us this coming season."
Lauren Hewson - Estes Park, Colo. (Estes Park HS), (breast): Adds immediate help for the team in breast events ... high school state finalist ... Estes Park team captain ... swam for the Estes Park club team.
Winslow's take on Hewson: "Lauren might have the most potential of any athlete in this class. She has a lot of talent and the desire to improve. She will make an impact for us in the breast and also help in the medley relay."
Eric Bonicelli - Kansas City, Mo. (Blue Valley NW HS), (fly): Dynamic swimmer in the 200 fly ... adds depth in distance free and fly events ... high school state finalist ... swam for Kansas City Trailblazers club team.
Winslow's take on Bonicelli: "Eric's work ethic and sense of humor are a great addition to our team. He is very driven and should have an impact conference-wide next season. I look forward to what he can do over the next four years."
Major Robinson - Missoula, Mont. (Sentinel HS), (back, free): One of the top 200 back swimmers in the nation ... high school All-American ... state champion at Sentinel ... national championships qualifier ... swam for Missoula Aquatic Club.
Winslow's take on Robinson: "Major is one of the premier swimmers in the country. Over the next few years he has All-American potential and can immediately change a program."