Washington Recieves Commitments from Three New Swimmers

July 18, 2005

SEATTLE-Washington's men's and women's swimming teams received commitments from three more swimmers to cap off their field of recruits at 13 for the 2005-06 season. The group includes eight women and five men who have signed national letters of intent.

The men's newest recruit, Niko Micin, comes to Washington from Zagreb, Croatia, the same hometown of UW sophomore Bruno Barbic, who participated at the NCAA's. His career-best times in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles are fast enough to have ranked among the top-six on the Huskie's season-best list from last year. Outside of swimming, Micin also won a Croatian National Championship in break dancing.

'Niko will be an immediate contributer for us in the sprint freestyles events,' said Washington head coach Mickey Wender. 'He should help us towards qualifying a relay for the NCAA Championships.'

On the women's side, Liz Johnson joins the Huskies as a recruit from Rocklin, Calif. Johnson specialized in the freestyle and backstroke at Rocklin High School and with the Sierra Marlins Swim Team. Her career-best times in the 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000-yard freestyles are fast enough to rank among UW's top-10 swims last year. Johnson's backstroke times in the 100 and 200 are also fast enough to rank among the Huskies top-six times from last year.

'We are excited to have Liz join the team,' says Wender. 'After taking a year-long break from swimming, she has made a strong comeback this past year and will definitely help us in the sprint and middle distance freestyle races, as well as in the backstrokes.'

Katie Schaeffer didn't have to travel far to join the Huskies, as she is a local from Mercer Island, Wash. As a member of Mercer Island High School and the Bellevue Club Swim team, Schaeffer will contribute to Washington's efforts in distance freestyle and breaststroke races.

'Katie will add depth to our distance freestyle core, and also help out in the breaststroke,' said Wender. 'She is a hard worker and comes from a great family. We look forward to watching her improve.'

These three swimmers join the 10 athletes Wender signed last fall, including:

Kimberly Jasmer (North Bend, Ore. / North Bend HS) is a four-time high school state champion and holds the state records in the 50 and 100 freestyle. She earned All-America honors in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle and was also a National Qualifier in each event. Four of Jasmer's personal-bests would rank among Washington's top-10 lists, including the 50 freestyle (23.86, tied-6th), 100 freestyle (51.85, 9th), 200 freestyle (1:1.52, 7th) and 500 freestyle (4:57.95, 9th). She was a Scholastic All-American and a member of the National Honor Society after accumulating a 4.0 grade-point average. Jasmer swims for the South Coast Aquatics Team under head coach Chris Raymond.

Maryann Boosalis (La Canada, Calif./ La Canada HS) is a two-time CIF Champion in the 100 breaststroke and holds the CIF division II record in the event. She was a 2004 Olympic Qualifier in the 200 breaststroke and would rank among the Huskies' top-10 list in both the 100 (1:04.00, 3rd) and 200 breaststroke (2:17.87, 7th) events. Boosalis swims for the Industry Hills Aquatic Club under head coach Rick Shiperd, the same club team that produced current Husky seniors Anissa Hilyard and Courtney Hentzen.

Shandra Case (Austin, Texas/ Westlake HS) was a 2004 Texas Class 5A All-State team selection and specializes in the butterfly and individual medley events. Two of her personal-best times would rank on Washington's top-10 lists, including the 100 (56.08, tied-3rd) and 200 butterfly (2:03.73, 10th). Case swims for Longhorn Aquatics under head coach and former Florida coach Randy Reece. Coach Reece's brother is Eddie Reece, the US Olympic men's coach.

Marisa Chang (Orinda, Calif./ Miramonte HS) is a US Open qualifier and specializes in the butterfly and freestyle events. Her100 butterfly time of 57.02 would rank 10th on the UW all-time list. Chang is a Scholastic All-American and swims for Orinda Aquatics Club under head coach Ronnie Heidary.

Kim Kripps (Seattle, Wash./ Roosevelt HS) is the defending state champion in the 200 butterfly and a two-time team captain and MVP at Roosevelt High. Two of her personal best would rank among Washington's top-10 lists, including the 100 butterfly (56.81, 7th) and 200 butterfly (2:03.99, 9th). Kripps was a High School All-American and Scholastic All-America selection. She swims for Salmon Bay Swim Team under head coach Doug Rusk.

Lindsey Sharp (Lafayette, Calif./ Campolindo HS) is a sprint freestyle specialist and two of her personal-best times fall just out of the Huskies' top-10 lists. Her time of 23.81 in the 50 freestyle is one one-thousandth of a second out of the top-10 and her time of 51.96 in the 100 freestyle is six one-thousandths away from the 10th fastest time in Washington history. Sharp swims for Orinda Aquatics Swim Team under head coach Ronnie Heidary.

Scott Spansail (San Clemente, Calif./ San Clemente HS) is a five-time High School All-American and was the CIF Champion in the 500 freestyle. Two of Spansail's personal-bests would rank among Washington's top-10 lists, including the 200 backstroke (1:49.57, 6th) and 1000 freestyle (9:14.65, 8th). He is a USA Swimming National Select Camp swimmer and a Scholastic All-American. Spansail swims for the Irvine Novaquatics club team under head coach Dave Salo.

Jon Banker (Canon City, Colo./ Canon City HS) is a five-time High School All-American and three-time Colorado 4A state champion. He holds the state record in the 100 butterfly and is a member of the National Honors Society. Banker swims for the Canon City Piranhas Swim Team under head coach Melissa Kralik.

Anthony Falaniko (Renton, Wash./ O'Dea HS) is a 3A state champion in the 100 freestyle and holds school records in the 100 freestyle and 200 and 400 freestyle relays. He is the first cousin of current Husky football player Zach Tuiasosopo and former players Marques (football) and Leslie Tuiasosopo (volleyball). Falaniko swims for the Bellevue Swim Team under head coach Klass Schenk, the same club team that produced current Husky swimmers Crystal Rawlings, Blythe Murray and Peter Wicklund.

Tom Kozaczynski (Louisville, Colo./ Monarch HS) is a nine-time High School All-American in the sprint freestyle and breaststroke events. He earned USA Swimming All-Academic honors and was named to the league All-Academic team. Kozaczynski swims for the North Jeffco Swim Team under head coach Bret Stoyell.

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