Swimming & Diving Signs No. 3 Recruiting Class In The Nation

July 27, 2009

CollegeSwimming.com has named the 2009 swimming and diving recruiting class the third-best in the nation. Twelve swimmers and three divers comprise the class and will join the Bruins in the fall.

Comprising UCLA's top recruiting class are:

Swimmers
Emily Andelson - Indian Wells, CA (free/fly/back)
Ting Wen Quah - Singapore (free/IM)
Scarlet Cann - Tacoma, WA (freestyle)
Stephanie Christofferson - Greenbrae, CA (fly/sprint free)
Laurence Delisle - San Jose, CA (back/IM/free)
Emma Drysdale - Cupertino, CA (sprint free/fly)
Rachel Godfred - Mercer Island, WA (fly/back/IM)
Kelsey Hall - Santee, CA (freestyle)
Lindsey Marchand - Gig Harbor, WA (fly/IM/free)
Briana Meyer - Ballard, WA (fly/free/IM)
Andrea Reigel - Laguna Beach, CA (back/IM)
Karoline Sanderud - Norway (fly/IM/breast)

Divers
Michelle Vale - Huntington Beach, CA
Maggie Boyd - Colleyville, TX
Karina Silva - Miami, FL

'I am so excited about the talent and versatility of our incoming freshmen,' said Gallagher. 'Olympian Ting Wen Quah, National Junior team member Emily Andelson and Lindsey Marchand, one of the top recruits in the country, fill some big holes for us in the sprinting events.

'Lindsey Marchand is one of the most versatile swimmers I have ever seen with times of 52.3 and 1:56.9 in the 100 and 200 fly, 1:00.6 and 2:12.3 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 23.0 and 49.9 in the 50 and 100 free and 1:58.2 in the 200 IM. Quite honestly, there is not any stroke or event that she doesn't swim. She loves to compete in them all.

'In addition to these three student-athletes, we also signed some up and coming sprinters that continue to improve. Emma Drysdale, Kelsey Hall and Scarlet Cann will all help us fill our relay spots. With this large class of 12 incoming freshmen, and a lot of them sprinters, it will be a lot of fun to watch and to coach.

'It is nice to be recognized as the third ranked recruiting class in the Nation, and I feel like the freshmen we have coming in this fall are diamonds in the rough.This spring and summer they have made big improvements. For instance:

  • Ting Wen an Olympian from Singapore heading into the World Championships (being held July 26-Aug 2 in Rome, Italy) has already swam 25.43, 55.57 and 1:59.21 in the 50, 100 and 200 meter freestyle.

  • Karoline Sanderud from Norway broke the National record in the 200 fly (2:13) and also swam a 2:19 and 4:53 in the 200 and 400 IM this summer. She can also swim breaststroke and went 2:38 in the event.

  • Emma Drysdale swam a 22.9 and 50.4 in the 50 and 100 freestyle and 54.3 in the 100 fly this spring.

  • Kelsey Hall (class co-Valedictorian) swam 1:48.7 and 4:48.8 in the 200 and 500 freestyle

  • Scarlet Cann swam a 50.8 and 1:49 in the 100 and 200 freestyle

  • Laurence Delisle at World Championship Trials swam a 2:18.49 in the 200 IM

    'They are a great fit for UCLA as they are the total package - outstanding academians and fast swimmers.

    On the diving side, Maggy Boyd, Michelle Vale and Karina Silva will fill a team that lost four seniors to graduation. Boyd and Vale compete on all three boards, while Silva is a springboard specialist.

    'Maggy is a great kid from a great family,' said dive coach Tom Stebbins. 'I think we are going to get the very best of Maggy during her time here. I am very much looking forward to working with her this fall.

    'Michelle is a very excited to be a Bruin. Her growth over the last year has been great to follow. We love keeping great student-athletes close to home. And feel she will help us at many levels right away.

    'Karina is a great diver and we are so excited to have her joining the Bruin dive team in the Fall,' said Stebbins.

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