UW Swimming and Diving Signs Five Athletes

April 26, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming swimming and diving head coach Tom Johnson announced today the signing of one diver and four swimmers to attend the University of Wyoming in the Fall of 2002. Trent Weitzel will join the divers and Ethan Maclean, Samantha Michelena, Jennifer Hornung and Adrianne Gers will join the swimming squad.

Here are the signees:

Trent Weitzel, Laramie, Wyoming

The lone diver signee for the Cowboys this season, Weitzel was the Wyoming State diving champion in 2001 and was the runner-up in 2002. He is the current Laramie High School record holder for the one-meter in both six and eleven diving events. Weitzel was named both All-State and All-Conference for three years, in addition to winning the sportsmanship award in 2001 at the state competition. He was also a Junior National Qualifier last season.

"Trent comes to us with so much untapped potential," said Johnson. "He is going to be a great addition to the team and a vital part of our success next year. We look forward to having Trent as a part of the team."

Ethan Maclean, Green River, Wyoming

A three-time Wyoming 4-A State Champion in the 100 backstroke, Maclean will be joining the Cowboy team as an incoming freshman. He won the 100 butterfly in 2001 and was the runner-up in 2002. Maclean was named First-Team Southern Wyoming Athletic Conference in both 2001 and 2002. The two-time All-State performer was also a Junior National Qualifier in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke. Maclean was also recruited by the University of Utah, University of Iowa and Syracuse University.

"We are very excited to have Ethan joining the program," said Johnson. "He is a tremendous athlete and young man. He has the ability to contend for Conference titles in the backstroke events and will help us with a strong lead off in the medley relay."

Adrianne Gers, Scottsdale, Arizona

A current swimmer for the Scottsdale Aquatic Club, in addition to her Horizon High School team, Gers placed seventh in the 200 freestyle and seventh in the 500 freestyle at the Arizona State Championships in 2001. She is the strongest in the distance freestyle events, which will make an immediate impact in the Mountain West Conference. The University of California at San Diego and the University of California - Bakersfield also recruited Gers.

"I saw Adrianne swim last summer and was very impressed with the fact that she is such a tough racer," said Johnson. "Adrianne swims in a great program. She has had consistent improvement throughout the year and we look forward to having her at Wyoming."

Jennifer Hornung, Fargo, North Dakota

Hornung attends Moorhead High School in Moorhead, Minn., where she was a state finalist for the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley. She was recruited by Minnesota and the University of New Mexico.

"Jennifer will provide great depth in the butterfly, backstroke and IM events," said Johnson.

Samantha Michelena, Buffalo, Wyoming

Michelena was the 2001 Wyoming High School State Champion in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. She was named All-Conference in the Northern Wyoming Athletic Conference all four years, in addition to being Wyoming All-State for four years and a qualifier for the United States Swimming Western Zone.

She is the valedictorian of her graduating class, where she is on the Buffalo High School honor roll and the president of the National Honor Society.

"We are very excited to have Samantha join us next fall," said Johnson. "She had a tremendous state meet this past year and will be a great help in our sprint freestyle events. We have gotten to know Samantha from camp over the last three years, and she has made great strives to improve and is a great young person."