Wyoming Swimming and Diving Signs Eight Student Athletes

Dec. 3, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson has announced the signing of eight student athletes. Erin Spadinger of Midland, Texas; Lindsay Taylor of La Crescenta, California; Natalie Luscomb of La Mesa, California; Katie Bigger of Shawnee Mission, Kansas; Holly Hansen of El Cajon, California and Stacey Zenker of Colorado Springs, Colorado will join the Cowgirls next fall. Nick King of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Daniel Jones of Loveland, Colorado will join the Cowboys.

Erin Spadinger, Midland, Texas (Robert E. Lee High School)

A specialist in the breaststroke, and the individual medley. She swam in the 100 breaststroke at the Texas High School State Championships and is the school record holder in that event. Erin also runs track and cross-country at LHS. She is a member of the National Honor Society at her high school and intends on majoring in biology.

"Erin will bring depth to in the breaststroke and IM events. We look forward to her also bringing a boost to our medley relays. She is a very good athlete and has a lot of room to grow into a great breaststroker," replied Johnson. The University of New Mexico, Nebraska, Fresno State, Northern Arizona, and Nevada also recruited Erin.

Lindsay Taylor, La Crescenta, California (Crescenta Valley High School)

A very versatile swimmer who will help the Cowgirls in many areas. She swims for Crescenta Valley High School and Swim Pasadena. Lindsay swam at the 1998 USA swimming select camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was a CIF finalist since her freshman year in high school as well as a 2001 and 2002 Western Zone Finalist. Lindsay is a Golden State Excellence award winner in algebra, chemistry and written composition and wants to study Zoology at Wyoming.

"Lindsay is very versatile. She is very strong in the IM's, the middle distance freestyle and the butterfly events. She will help us in many areas. She has an excellent training background and swims for one of USA Swimming's best coaches, Terry Stoddard. We look forward to having Lindsay with us next fall" said Johnson.BYU, Washington State, Fresno State, and St. John's also recruited Lindsay.

Katie Bigger, Shawnee, Kansas (Shawnee Mission Northwest High School)

Specializes in butterfly and middle distance freestyle. Katie swims for Peter Malone's Kansas City Blazers, a premier club swimming program in the Midwest. She is a USA Swimming Sectional meet finalist in the 100 and 200 butterfly. She placed third at the Kansas High School State Swimming Championship in the 50 free and the 100 butterfly in 2002.

"Katie will make and instant impact on our butterfly events and in our medley relays. She is very talented and has an excellent swimming background. We will count on Katie to help us in freestyle as well," stated Johnson. Nebraska, Texas Christian University and Truman State also recruited Katie.

Natalie Luscomb, La Mesa, California (Valhalla High School)

Natalie specializes in the breaststroke. She placed third in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 Breaststroke in the CIF San Diego Swimming and Diving Championships. She was also a league finalist in 2000 and 2001 in the IM and the 100 breaststroke. Natalie is on Valhala High School's Honor Roll and is listed as a "Who's Who Among American High School Students".

"Natalie is tall, athletic and has a lot of room for improvement. She will give us depth in the breaststrokes and the IM's," said Johnson. UC-Santa Cruz and the University of Iowa also recruited Natalie.

Nick King, Chattanooga, Tennessee (McCallie High School)

Nick specializes in distance freestyle. He swims with Scenic City Swim Club and the McCallie School for Coach Stan Corcoran. Nick is a Tennessee high school state finalist in the 200 and 500 freestyles. He will also swim the 1000 and 1650 freestyle for the Cowboys.

"Nick will add quality depth to our distance freestyle. Nick has nice range, he will help us in the 200 free to the 1650 Freestyle," said Johnson. Nick was also recruited by Alabama and West Virginia.

Holly Hansen, El Cajon, California (Valhalla High School)

Specializes in the backstroke events and middle distance freestyle. She swims at Valhalla High School and for the Heartland Swim Club. Holly has swum at every Western Zone Championship since 1997. She was voted the most valuable player at Valhalla High, in 2000 and 2001. In 2000 and 2001 she was a third place finisher in the 100 backstroke and is her school's record holder in that event. Last year she was also named a team captain. Holly is very versatile. She is very talented in the backstroke and freestyle as well as in the butterfly. She plans on majoring in nursing at Wyoming.

"Holly will help us in the backstrokes. She has excellent range in the freestyle events and can help us in the 50 freestyle through the 500 free," said Johnson. Colorado State, Northern Arizona, San Jose State and Northern Colorado also recruited Holly.

Stacey Zenker, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Liberty High School)

Stacey swims with Liberty High School for Craig Harriman and with the Rocky Mountain Rapids for Rob Wagner. She was a member of the Colorado Springs Gazette All-Area Swim team. Last year at the Colorado High School State meet, she placed fourth in the 100 butterfly. Stacey is also a very strong middle distance freestyler. At Liberty High School she is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She plans on studying psychology at Wyoming.

"Along with new signees Lindsay Taylor and Katie Bigger, Stacey will add additional depth and strength to our Butterfly events. She will also help us in the 100 and 200 freestyles," said Johnson. Colorado State, West Virginia, St. Louis and the University of Washington also recruited Stacey.

Daniel Jones, Loveland, Colorado (Thompson Valley High School)

Dan specializes in the individual medley and the breaststroke. He swims with the Loveland Swim Club with Rob Putnam and at Thompson Valley High School with Tom Hewson. The same high school as current Cowboy swimmer, Jon McNeely. Dan is a TVHS record holder in the 200 IM and placed 3rd as a junior in the Colorado High School State Meet in 2002. He also placed fifth in the 100 freestyle. He was an all-conference selection in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He made the Rocky Mountain News All-State team in 2002.

"We are very pleased to sign a young man of Dan's caliber. He is a very versatile swimmer and will help out in the breaststroke, middle distance freestyle and the IM's," said Johnson.