Richmond Inks Four During Early Signing Period
Nov. 17, 2011
RENO, Nev. – Nevada Swimming and Diving Team head coach Mike Richmond announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Thursday.
The athletes that have signed scholarship agreements with the Wolf Pack are Rachael Hicks (Diver/Peoria, Ariz.), Erin Fuss (Swimmer/Nampa, Idaho) Erika Twenge (Swimmer/Corvalis, Ore.) and Alyssa Schrader (Swimmer/Orange Coast College).
“This is a very exciting day for the Wolf Pack swimming and diving program, our coaching staff and our athletes,” Richmond said. “It’s the culmination of months of intense recruiting efforts by our staff to get to this point, and I would like to thank our newest addition to the staff, Susan Whitehouse for her tireless efforts, and Jian Li You who is always such a huge part of all our efforts.”
Wednesday was the final day of the early signing period for Fall 2012 commitments to the program.
“Our intent and focus when we started this campaign was finding girls who will succeed at Nevada both academically and in the pool,” Richmond said. “They will be great ambassadors for the University of Nevada.”
Hicks is a former Division II state champion at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Ariz. and a four-time participant in the Arizona state-championship meet.
Twenge will come to the Pack after Swimming at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Ore. On the club level, she swam most recently for the Corvallis Aquatic Team. At Nevada, she will look to contribute in butterfly events, boasting personal bests of 57.8 in the 100 fly and 2:09 in the 200 fly.
The first student-athlete to commit to the 2012 class, Fuss will join the Pack after swimming at Nampa (Idaho) High School. A versatile athlete, she has posted strong times in butterfly, backstroke and freestyle events, mostly of the sprint variety.
Schrader swam at Orange Coast College last season, and is a former teammate of current Pack swimmer Melanie Larson. While she was a member of the Pirates, she swam a multitude of events including freestyle, butterfly and medley races.
“These student-athletes are extremely talented and have joined us with the idea of adding to the outstanding tradition here with Wolf Pack Swimming and Diving,” Richmond said. “This class should instantly make us better and help continue our outstanding tradition of winning, both in the conference and national level.”
“We are not finished yet, as we still have a spring signing period in April, but the foundations for an outstanding recruiting class are most certainly in place.”
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Hicks “Rachael is such a great all around person, and she’s everything you would want in a Wolf Pack student-athlete. She will bring an incredible amount of potential to our diving program, but even more with her upbeat and positive attitude. She will be a fantastic addition to Jian Li’s program, and Jian Li couldn’t be more excited to have Rachael join our Wolf Pack family.”
Twenge (Twin – G) “Erika is so easy going outside the pool, but a tough, disciplined athlete in the pool. She’s had some outstanding coaching, and is truly laying the foundations for an amazing college career. Her commitment to success in the pool is equally matched to her academics as well. She will be a major part of the success of our program throughout her career here in Nevada.”
Fuss “Erin was the first girl to commit to Nevada in this class, and her excitement to be a part of our Wolf Pack tradition is fantastic. Erin is an athlete representative at the national level for USA Swimming, and I believe will be a strong leader for us in the future.”
Schrader (Shray – durr) “Alyssa is a fierce competitor who loves to race and loves to train. She has such an easy going demeanor, but when it’s time to race, all that changes and she takes on a real aggressive nature. She’s a great teammate and loves being a part of a team, and she will bring a lot of things to our Wolf Pack program, and is one of the more potentially talented athletes we’ve recruited in quite a while.”