Dec. 2, 2003
Laramie, Wyo. (Dec. 2, 2003) -- University of Wyoming headswimming and diving coach Tom Johnson announced the signingof eight student-athletes to national letters of intent,today. Haley Bonin, of Lincoln, Neb., Angela DeWolf, ofLaPorte, Ind., Lindsey Russenberger-Dillon, of Marana,Ariz., Robin Lehner, of Orchard Park, N.Y. and Rachel Leyes,of Colorado Springs, Colo. will join the Cowgirl swimmingteam while Brittany Wainwright, of Evanston, Wyo., will jointhe diving team next fall. Piers Blyth, of GreenwoodVillage, Colo. and Carl Marais of Pretoria, South Africawill join the Cowboy swimming team.
Haley Bonin, Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southeast High School)
Bonin will add depth to the sprint freestyle events nextseason. In 2003, she placed third at the Nebraska StateHigh School meet in the 50 freestyle as a junior. She alsoplaced third in the 50 freestyle her sophomore year. Haleyis a junior national, US Open qualifier and a high schoolAll-American. She is also a Nebraska High School Statefinalist in track and field. She was also recruited byPurdue University, Colorado State University and wasrecruited to run track at Kansas University.
"Haley is a tremendous athlete," said UW head coach TomJohnson. "She will be able to challenge our team recordsin the sprint freestyle events as a freshman. She will alsobe a great addition to our sprint relays."
Angela DeWolf, Laporte, Ind. (Laporte High School)
DeWolfe brings experience in many events including thesprint freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly to UW. She isa junior national qualifier in the 100 butterfly and anIndiana High School State finalist in the 50 freestyle andthe 100 breaststroke. She was the Laporte High School teamcaptain her sophomore and junior years. She is a NationalHonor Society and a National Music Honor Society member.She has been her high school teams MVP the past three years.
She also runs cross country and track. Angela was alsorecruited by Evansville University, Maine University, XavierUniversity and Kenyon College.
"Angela is a talented young lady who is veryversatile," said Johnson. "She can help us many waysand we will look for her to add depth to our relays."
Lindsey Russenberger-Dillon, Marana, Ariz. (Marana HighSchool)
Russenberger-Dillon will bring her strength to the Cowgirlbreaststroke and butterfly events. She is a US Openqualifier and a US Swimming National qualifier in the 100and 200 breaststrokes. At the recent Arizona High SchoolState 4A Championships she won the 100 breaststroke andplaced second in the 100 butterfly. She holds seven MaranaHigh School records and is a member of all three relayschool record holding teams. Lindsey is a two time highschool All-American in both the 100 breaststroke and the 100butterfly. In 2003, she was Arizona All-State selection.Lindsey has been a team captain her sophomore, junior andsenior years. She has a great training background with theFORD Aquatics club team in Tuscon, Ariz. She was alsorecruited by Texas A&M University, Florida AtlanticUniversity, and UCLA.
"We are very pleased to have Lindsey joining us nextfall," said Johnson. "She is a very talented athleteand will be a great addition to our team. She has swum atthe highest levels of club swimming and will lead us in thebreaststroke and butterfly events while becoming a greataddition to our relays."
Robin Lehner, Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
Lehner, a breaststroke and IM'er, is a three-time NewYork State High School Champion. In 2002, she won the 100breaststroke and swam the breaststroke leg of the statechampion 200 medley relay team. This season, she won the200 medley relay and placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke atthe New York State Championships. She is a Junior Nationalqualifier in the breaststroke. Robin is not new to thisarea as she lived in Denver, Colo. for four years, where sheswam for the North Jeffco Swim Club. She currently swimswith the South Town Aquatic Racers in Buffalo, N.Y., whereher father is the head coach. Robin is also a member ofher school's honor roll. She was also recruited by WestVirginia and Connecticut
"Robin has had a great swimming experience and willprovide us with additional depth in the breaststroke and inthe IM," said Johnson. "She is a great trainer and willcontinue to improve vastly."
Rachel Leyes, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Air Academy HighSchool)
Leyes will add much needed depth to the Cowgirl backstrokeevents next season. She is a sectional qualifier in the 100and 200 backstrokes. She swims club for the AFA Falfins inColorado Springs.
"Rachel will add depth to the backstroke events," saidJohnson. "She has improvement significantly over the pastyear and will look forward to continued improvement down theroad."
Brittany Wainwright, Evanston, Wyo. (Evanston High School)
Wainwright was an All-State and All-Conference diver allfour years of her high school career. She was a state andconference champion three consecutive years. She was nameda National Interscholastic Swim Coaches AssociationAll-American. She placed sixth in the 1-meter and eighth inthe 3-meter competitions at the 2003 Spring RegionalChampionships. Brittany placed 18th in the platformcompetition at the Zone Championships this past summer.
"Brittany brings a lot of talent to the program and willcontribute right away," said UW diving coach Russ Dekker."She has a lot of potential and I can see her becoming anoutstanding MWC diver."
Piers Blyth, Greenwood Village, Colo. (Regis Jesuit HighSchool)
Blyth will swim the backstroke and middle distancefreestyle events for the Cowboys next fall. Piers was bornin New Zealand but now has dual citizenship. He is a memberof the Colorado State Champions and was named All-State forhis contributions in the 200 medley relay. Piers alsotrains and competes with the Greenwood Tiger sharks, wherehe has represented Colorado at the Western ZoneChampionships and the USA Swimming's SectionalChampionships. He is a junior national qualifier in the 100backstroke. Piers was also recruited by Xavier University,Duquesne University and Denver University.
"Piers will add depth to the backstroke events and isalso versatile enough to help in the freestyle and thebutterfly events," said Johnson. "He really impressedme at Sectionals last summer and has the athletic tools tobe a great swimmer."
Carl Marais, Pretoria, South Africa (St. Albans)
Carl will compete in the backstroke and middle distancefreestyle events next season for the Cowboys. He has USNational qualifying times in the 200 and 400 freestyles andthe 100 and 200 backstrokes. He is currently training foran upcoming World Cup meet to be hosted in Durban, SouthAfrica from December 5-7 of this year. He will also becompeting in South Africa's upcoming Olympic Trials.Southern Methodist University also recruited Carl.
"Carl is immensely talented and we are very excited tohave him join us next fall," said Johnson. "He willcertainly add depth to all of our relays. Carl will belooked to lead us in the backstroke events as well as themiddle distance freestyle events. He has the ability tocompete at very high levels."