May 17, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming swimming anddiving coach Tom Johnson announced today the signing of five studentathletes to national letters of intent. Four Cowboy swimmers and oneCowboy diver will join the program next fall.
Eli Bell of Greeley, Colo., Nick Logan of Missoula , Mont., AndrewSimo of Placentia, Calif., Nick Stone of Casper, Wyo. and Matt Urichof Westminister , Colo., all signed national letters of intent withthe Cowboys this spring.
"With the addition of these five young men to our incoming class,we are very excited about the future," said UW swimming and divingcoach Tom Johnson. "We are going to be a young team next year butwith the ability and potential of this recruiting class, we will be avery talented team. We are looking forward to working with these fiveyoung men in the future."
Eli Bell, Greeley, Colo. (Greeley West High School)
Bell, the younger brother of current Cowboy Levi Bell, competes inthe middle distance freestyle and backstroke events. Last weekend, hewon the 200 freestyle and placed second in the 100 freestyle at the2005 Colorado State High School Championships. As a junior, he placedthird in the 100 freestyle and second in the 200 freestyle at thestate championships. He was selected as an All-American in the 200freestyle in 2004. He has been an All-Conference selection every yearof his high school career. He had a breakout performance at thisspring's USA Swimming Sectional Meet in Seattle, Wash. He currentlytrains and competes with the Loveland Swim Club and coach Jim Nickell.
"Eli has had a tremendous amount of improvement over the pastyear," said Johnson. "He has a lot of room for continuedimprovement as he continues to grow and mature as an athlete. He willbring additional depth to our middle distance freestyle as well as toour backstroke."
Bell was also recruited by Arizona State University.
Nick Logan, Missoula, Mont. (Hellgate High School)
Logan will look to compete in the backstroke and middle distancefreestyle events next year as a Cowboy. This season, he won the 100freestyle and placed second in the 200 freestyle at the 2005 MontanaState Championships. As a junior, he was the state champion in the100 and 200 freestyles and as a member of the 200 freestyle relay.Logan excels in the classroom, as he is a four-time Academic All-Stateselection.
"Nick will also add depth to our middle distance freestyle andbackstroke events," said Johnson. "He is a very bright young manwho is a very hard worker and continues to improve each year."
Logan was also recruited by the University of Washington, SeattleUniversity and the University of North Dakota.
Andrew Simo, Placentia, Calif. (Mater Dei High School)
Simo is a backstroker and a middle distance freestyler. He is ajunior national qualifier and swims for Irvine Novaquatics and forMater Dei High school in Irvine, Calif. He will be swimming in theupcoming CIF Championships, which is one of the fastest "state"meets in the country.
"Andrew came highly recommended by his coach David Salo, who was onthe 2004 Olympic Team coaching staff," said Johnson. "Andrew hasroom for much growth and improvement and we look forward to hiscontributions to our team."
Simo was also recruited by UNLV.
Nick Stone, Casper, Wyo. (Kelly Walsh High School)
Stone is the 2005 Wyoming State Champion on the 1-meter springboard.He holds the varsity record at Kelly Walsh High School in the 1-meterevent as well as many pool records around the state. As a junior, heplaced second at the state championships on the 1-meter springboard.
"Nick has the potential to do big things on the conference andnational levels," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "He will lookto come in and make an immediate impact this fall for the Cowboys."
Matt Urich, Westminster, Colo. (Pomona High School)
Urich is a butterflier and an individual medley swimmer who alsoshows promise in the distance freestyle events. Urich swims with theNorth Jeffco Swim Club in Denver, Colo. and at Pomona High School.This season, he placed fifth in the 200 freestyle and 10th in the 500freestyle at the 2005 Colorado State Championships. As a junior, heplaced ninth in the 200 freestyle and seventh in the 100 butterfly atthe state championships. Last spring, he competed in the JuniorNational meet.
"Matt has only been swimming year round for a short time and hasimproved consistently over the past two years," said Johnson. "Hewill be a great contributor to our team in many areas as he is a veryversatile swimmer."
Urich was also recruited by the University of Buffalo and DenverUniversity.