Nov. 28, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams and head coach Tom Johnson announced Wednesday the addition of six student-athletes. The Cowgirls signed five student-athletes, while the Cowboys added one, and each will begin competition in the 2013-14 season.
Below is a breakdown of each UW signee:
Patrick Jones, Loveland, Colo., Loveland High School, Backstroke/Individual Medley
Patrick Jones is a native of Loveland, Colo., and the son of Steve Jones and Lin Washecka. He is among four siblings to swim at the University of Wyoming. Jones' brother Dan was a Cowboy swimmer and his sisters Krista and Carol also competed for the Cowgirls.
He has had an excellent club and high school swimming career. He swims for the Loveland Swim Club for coach Jim Nickell, where he is a Junior National qualifier in the 200-yard backstroke. He excels in the 200 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley. He also swims for Loveland High School where he placed sixth in the 200 IM at the 2012 Colorado 5A high school state meet in the spring. He also placed 10th in the 500 freestyle with the seventh-fastest time in the state.
"Patrick is a terrific young man and comes from a terrific swimming family," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "I have known Patrick since he was a little boy, coming to watch his brother and sisters at Wyoming dual meets. Patrick has a ton of talent and is very versatile. He is a great addition to our team and we look forward to having another Jones joining us at Wyoming."
Casey Duckworth, Costa Mesa, Calif., Middle Distance Freestyle/Distance Freestyle
Casey Duckworth is a product of Costa Mesa, Calif. She is the daughter of Kara Greene and Stewart Duckworth. She will contribute in multiple freestyle events (middle distance to distance) as well as the 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley. Her best times this year are 4:56.81 in the 500 free, 16:56.46 in the 1650 free, 4:26.37 in the 400 individual medley and 2:03.71 in the 200 backstroke. All four of those times would rank in Wyoming swimming's current top 10 all-time. She currently swims for coach Mark Schubert at Golden West Swim Club.
"Coach Mark (Schubert) has done a tremendous job with Casey working on all four strokes," Wyoming swimming assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Manny Noguchi said. "Casey will continue to improve with our distance program and we look forward to her contribution to University of Wyoming swimming and diving."
Abby Sullivan, Olympia, Wash., Tumwater High School, Freestyle/Backstroke
Abigail Sullivan is a native of Olympia, Wash. Sullivan recently completed her high school season and was a state champion in the 100-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke. She helped her team win the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay en route to a second-place finish for Tumwater High School in the Class 2A Division. She is also a member of the Tacoma Swim Club. Sullivan's best times include 50 free (23.90), 100 free (52.38), 100 back (57.18) and 200 back (2:05.07). She is the daughter of Joe and Debbie and has a brother, Jay, and sister, Claire.
"Abby will make an immediate impact to our team," Wyoming associate head coach Matt Leach said. "She will help our backstroke events and will bolster our sprint free disciplines. We are extremely excited to welcome Abby and the Sullivan Family to the Wyoming swimming and diving family."
Mary Uselmann, Brisbane, Australia, St. Peters Lutheran College, Freestyle/Butterfly
Mary Uselmann joins Wyoming swimming from Brisbane, Australia. She started high school in Anchorage, Alaska, and during her junior year her family relocated to Brisbane, Australia. She recently celebrated her graduation from St. Peters Lutheran College. She brings her personal-best times of 23.89 in the 50 free, 52.65 in the 100 free and 59.18 in the 100 fly. She is the daughter of Chuck and Heidi Uselmann.
"Mary will contribute immediately in our sprint free events and I am expecting her to challenge our upperclassmen right when she walks on deck," Leach said. "She is a fun and dynamic athlete that will contribute not only in the pool, but also in the classroom. Her parents Chuck and Heidi are no strangers to the area and we will look forward to their support."
Danielle Badger, Litchfield, Ariz., Verrado High School, Freestyle
Hailing from Litchfield, Ariz., Danielle Badger will join Wyoming swimming from Verrado High School. She competed for Verrado High School swim team and was a key contributor in her team's third-place finish at the Arizona State Swimming and Diving Championships. She contributed in the 50 free and 100 free finishing with times of 24.18 and a 52.98, respectively. Those times were fast enough for a second-place finish in both events at the state meet. She helped the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams to state championships. She is the daughter of Dean and Debra.
"I'm excited for Danielle to join our team and bring depth to our sprint core," Leach said. "I am expecting her to challenge our returners along with adding to our depth. We are looking forward to her continued improvement that she has shown us thus far this year. Her parents are both avid supporters of Danielle and we welcome them to the Wyoming swimming and diving family."
Lauren Puglisi, Woodbury, Minn., Diving
Lauren "Red" Puglisi is a native of Woodbury, Minn. She is the daughter to Frank and Melissa Puglisi. She competes for the Bounce Diving Club and has competed at all national levels of USA Diving and AAU diving. Competing for her high school she recorded an unbeaten regular season and finished sixth at the Minnesota state championships. She brings experience to all three boards."Lauren should fit seamlessly into our program and into a competitive collegiate diving atmosphere," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. "Her experience on all three boards will transfer well into our style of competition. She is a great mix of athletic potential, personal integrity, academic excellence and mental toughness. Her coach Scott Smith has done an excellent job with her."