Wyoming Swimming and Diving Signs Three

May 25, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson has announced the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 1999. Here are the signees:

Damian Storz, Woodlands, Calif.: A Senior National qualifier at Woodland High School in Woodland, Calif. He is also a High School All-American selection. Storz placed second in the 200 Butterfly and 400 IM this past spring at the Junior National Championships in Seattle, Wash. An excellent athlete, he has already been inducted into his school's Hall of Fame. Damian is the son of Deborah Storz and the late David Storz. He was coached in high school by Tom McCrackin, and his club team is coached by Rick Henderson An outstanding student, Damian is a member the National Honor Society. Storz chose Wyoming over several schools including Arizona State, California and the University of Washington.

"He is a tremendous talent, and should challenge our school records in both the 400 IM and 200 Butterfly," said Johnson. "We look for him to really challenge in qualifying for the NCAAs and Olympic Trials. Damian was highly recruited, and we are very fortunate to have him come to Wyoming this fall."

Jake Weidert, Colbert, Wash.: A Senior National Qualifier in the 200 Butterfly. Weidert won the 200 Butterfly at the Junior National Championships, along with placing fourth in the 400 IM and 15th in the 100 Butterfly in the same meet. He also participated in the Senior National Championships placing 26th in the 200 Butterfly. Jake is the son of Lucy and Richard Weidert. His club swimming team is coached by Todd Marsh. An excellent student, Weidert is a member of the National Honor Society. His sister Jennifer is also a member of the squad. He chose Wyoming over several schools including Kansas and the University of Washington.

"Jake is an extremely versitile and talented athlete," Johnson said. "He is strong in several events. We look for him to come in and challenge some of our school records in both the Butterfly and Individual Medley."

Cristin Rehard, Rawlins, Wyo.: A three-time Wyoming High School Champion in the 100 Freestyle at Rawlins High School. Rehard earned All-Conference honors four years in a row, and All-State honors as a senior. Cristin is the daughter of Daniel and Ellen Rehard. She was coached by Kryssy Brown. Her father is her club coach. An excellent student, she has been on the honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. Rehard's brothers Jacob and Phil are members of the Wyoming squad. Rehard chose Wyoming over several schools including Colorado State.

"Cristin gives us depth in the strong middle and sprint Freestyle, along with having a good Butterfly," Johnson said. "I think she also comes from a strong swimming family with her brothers also swimming at Wyoming."