UCLA Swimming Signs Four Recruits

Nov. 28, 2001

In the fall signing period, the Bruin swimming squad signed four recruits. Next year's incoming class will be composed of Kimberly Vandenberg, Kristabelle Daley, Shellene Catalano and Luisa Los-Santos.

Kimberly Vandenberg, who specializes in the butterfly and free, is from Moraga, CA (Campolindo HS, Orinda Aquatics). She is regarded as one of the top recruits in the nation. Vandenberg was a 2000 Olympic trials qualifier and has been a finalist at US Nationals. She will significantly improve UCLA's butterfly squad and will also contribute in the medley and free relays due to her skill in the freestyle. 'Kim will make an immediate impact on the program,' said Gallagher. 'We're really excited to have her.'

Vandenberg's Best Times:
50 Free - 23.08
100 Free - 49.41
200 Free - 1:48.14
100 Fly - 55:30
200 Fly - 1:58.94

Kristabelle 'Krista' Daley is a butterfly specialist from Auburn, CA (Placer HS). She was a 2000 Olympic trials qualifier. Daley earned First team All-Sacramento Bee honors in 2001 and was team MVP in '99, '00 and '01. 'Krista will impact our fly events, which we will need when senior Katie Younglove graduates,' said Gallagher.

Daley's Best Times:
100 Fly - 56.40
200 Fly - 2:02.63
400 IM - 4:29.63

Shellene Catalano will swim the breaststroke, butterfly and IM for the Bruins. She is from Fresno, CA (Clovis HS). She has been a Top-8 finisher in the 100 and 200 breast at Junior Nationals. Catalano swims for Clovis Swim Club under former Bruin Steve Baxter. 'Shellene will have the biggest impact in the 200 breast,'

Catalano's Best Times:
100 Fly - 56.33
200 Breast - 2:18.94

Luisa Los-Santos is a Malaysian National team member who has been in the US attending high school at The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ. Los-Santos competed for the Malaysian National team at this summer's South East Asia games. 'Luisa has a lot of raw talent,' said Gallagher. 'Her background is such that she has the ability to become a great swimmer at UCLA.'

'We are excited about our recruiting class,' said head coach Cyndi Gallagher. 'They will be able to fulfill a lot of our needs.'

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