Hite Signs Three More Preps to Letters of Intent

May 12, 2008

SEATTLE - Washington head swimming coach Whitney Hite has announced the signing of three more student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The three swimmers are in addition to five that Hite and his staff signed back in November.

Set to join the Huskies next fall are Tommy Cunningham (Federal Way, Wash.), Hunter Roux (Englewood, Colo.) and Hannah Ross (Pocatello, Idaho).

Cunningham is a local product from Decatur High School who specializes in the freestyle events. This spring, Cunningham took second in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 free at the Washington Class 4A state championships.

'Tommy is a great kid who has an intense desire to be a great swimmer,' said Hite. 'We are excited to have him on board and will be looking for him to add depth to our freestyle events.

'Tommy has a tremendous amount of potential and we are looking forward to him flourishing at Washington. His best swims are ahead of him and we are looking forward to watching him reach his potential.'

Roux is a freestyle-specialist from Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colorado, who recently helped his high school to the Centennial League Championship with a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle. He is also a U.S. Junior National qualifier.

'We couldn't be more excited about having Hunter on board for the next four years,' said Hite. 'He is a very bright young man and is motivated both academically and athletically.

'We are looking for him to come in and compete in our middle distance to distance freestyle events. Hunter is a hard worker and with his academic and athletic goals he will fit in very well with our team.'

The third signee is Hannah Ross of Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho. Ross is a U.S. Open qualifier in the 100 backstroke and a Junior National qualifier in the 200 backstroke. In November she was named the Student-Athlete of the Week by KIDK, a television station in Idaho Falls.

Also in November, Ross won the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley at the Idaho state championships.

'Hannah has a huge amount of potential and we are really excited about her joining the Washington swimming program,' said Hite. We will be looking for her to contribute in the backstroke events and add depth in the IM events and possibly the short freestyle events.

'Hannah is an excellent student, very motivated to be a great swimmer and shout fit in very well with our team.'

The Huskies signed five other prep standouts, four female and one male, during the early signing period that ran from Nov. 14-21, 2007. The five include: female swimmers Kelly Flynn (Woodlands, Texas), Danielle Gong (San Jose, Calif.), Amelia Messegee (Centralia, Wash.) and Alesha Trattner (Hillsboro, Ore.) and male swimmer Ryan Shea (Baltimore, Md.)

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