Wyoming Swimming and Diving Announces the Signing of Eight Student Athletes
Dec. 12, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming head swimming coach Tom Johnson and diving coach Ben Herdt announced today that eight future Cowboys and Cowgirls have signed National Letters of Intent to attend UW beginning next fall.
The 2008-09 signing class features three High School All-Americans, an Oregon state record holder and a three-time Wyoming State Champion diver.
The Cowboys have signed Brandon Fischer of Livermore, Calif. and Tyler Kybartas of Tucson, Ariz. The Cowgirls added Hillary Bohler of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Shelby Bull of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kelsey Conci of Craig, Colo., Makenzie Hewson of Estes Park, Colo., Tiffany Izatt of Gillette, Wyo. and Caroline Wells of Corvallis, Ore.
Following is a look at the 2008-09 Wyoming swimming signing class:
Brandon Fischer, Breaststroke and IM, Livermore, Calif. (Granada High School)
"Brandon is a tremendous talent who is just off of qualifying for the US Olympic Team Trials that will be held this summer," said Johnson. "I was very impressed with his stroke technique and his strength when I saw him swim at the Senior National Championships this summer. Two things that also impressed me about Brandon were his tremendous desire to achieve greatness and what an exceptional young man he is. Brandon is also an outstanding artist and I am immensely impressed with his art work."
Tyler Kybartas, Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle, Tuscon, Ariz. (Sabino High School)
"We are very pleased to have signed Tyler. He is a tremendous young man who is very talented and has had outstanding coaching. He will walk in the door and be able to make an immediate impact in the backstroke events," said Johnson.
Shelby Bull, Freestyle, Salt Lake City, Utah (East High School)
"Shelby is a tremendous talent who will make a strong impact in our sprint and middle distance freestyle events," Johnson said. "Most importantly she can make an immediate impact on all of our relays. Shelby is a very athletic swimmer and has a great desire to improve. She has demonstrated that she is a great racer and we look forward to having her at UW next year."
Kelsey Conci, Sprint Freestyle and Backstroke, Craig, Colo. (Moffat High School)
"I have known Kelsey for some time as she attended our camp over the last few summers. She has a ton of totally untapped talent. She drives 45 minutes one way to swim in an outdoor hot spring in Steamboat Springs during the week until her high school season begins. What Kelsey has been able to accomplish is amazing. She will add depth to our sprint events, our backstroke and will also be a tremendous asset to our relays," said Johnson.
Makenzie Hewson, Freestyle and Backstroke, Estes Park, Colo. (Estes Park High School)
"I have known Kenzie since she was a little girl from my club coaching days," said Johnson. "Her father, Sam Hewson, has been her coach since she started swimming and has done a tremendous job developing her talents. Kenzie will contribute immediately to our sprint and middle distance freestyle events. She should also add some depth to our backstroke events and can also make a big impact on our relays as well."
Caroline Wells, Freestyle, IM and Backstroke, Corvallis, Ore. (Crescent Valley High School) Caroline Wells comes to UW after a stellar high school career at Crescent Valley High School as well as with the Corvallis Aquatic Team. She will join with her former teammate Sean Sweet, who is currently a freshman for the Cowboys, at the University of Wyoming. Wells is the Oregon 5A state record holder in the 100 backstroke and with her teammates in the 400 freestyle relay. She is a Junior National Qualifier in the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 IM and the 400 IM. She recently swam at the USA Swimming Short Course National Championships in Atlanta. Wells is an outstanding student and is a member of the National Honor Society, is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and an NISCA Academic All-American.
"Caroline is an extremely talented, versatile swimmer and will help us in so many areas," said Johnson. "She can do middle distance and sprint freestyle, both IM's, as well as backstroke. She can also make an immediate impact on many of our relays. Not only is she a very talented swimmer, she is very bright and is a hard worker. She has been well coached as a member of the Corvallis Aquatic Team and the Curl Burke Swim Club as an age group swimmer."
Following is a look at the 2008-09 Wyoming diving signing class:
Hillary Bohler, Diving, Thunder Bay, Ontario (Lakehead University)
Tiffany Izatt, Diving, Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County High School)
"This is a tremendous signing class for Cowgirl diving," said Herdt. "These two young women are the future of this program and the future is very bright. I am very excited to work with both of these women. They will be able to contribute immediately and I look for them to improve greatly during their time at Wyoming.