Stanford Signs Four More To National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 21, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's swimming and diving program has announced the signing of four additional student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend Stanford in 2003-04, joining three swimmers that signed last Thursday. The two new incoming swimmers are Lauren Costella (Carson City, NV/Carson HS/Carson City Tigers) and Lisa Falzone (Santa Barbara, CA/Santa Barbara HS/Santa Barbara Swim Club). The team's two incoming divers are Cassidy Krug (Coraopolis, PA, Montour HS/Pitt Aquatic Club) and Brooke Sullivan (Maitland, FL/Winter Park HS/Team Orlando).

Costella has won the 1500 meters at the Summer Senior Nationals in each of the last two years and ranked eighth in the world in the event in 2002. She also has been fourth in the 400 IM and at the 2002 Summer Senior Nationals, and fourth in the 800 meter free at the 2001 Summer Senior Nationals. Costella swims for the Carson Tiger Sharks coached by Jim Puleo.

'Distance freestyle has been one of the primary focuses in our recruiting year and the signing of Lauren Costella will give us a real presence at the NCAA Championships in those events,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick. 'We're really excited to sign Lauren and think that she will make a really big difference.'

Falzone is a two-time Senior Nationals qualifier and two-time prep All-American. She has ranked among the nation's top 10 in high school in the 100, 200 and 500 yard free for the past three seasons. Falzone swims for the Santa Barbara Swim Club coached by Ira Klein.

'Lisa Falzone has real talent as a sprint freestyler,' added Quick. 'We were able to address another area of concern with her signing.'

Krug was a Senior National qualifier in 2002 and has had an excellent prep career. She is a two-time champion for the one-meter event in both the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Athletics Association and Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics League. Krug dives for the Pitt Aquatic Club and is coached by her father, Julian Krug, also the head diving coach at the University of Pittsburgh.

'Cassidy is really on the upswing and made a name for herself last summer,' said Stanford head coach Dr. Rick Schavone. 'She has a large list of dives and will be a great diver for us.'

Brooke Sullivan is a five-time national age group champion and has been a member of four US Diving international age group teams. Sullivan dives for Team Orlando Diving coached by Jay and Wendy Lerew.

'If Brooke is able to come back from her recent shoulder surgery, we will have added a national champion level diver,' said Schavone.

Stanford (2-0) is ranked fourth in the nation in the latest CSCAA national poll released November 12. The Cardinal opened its season with a pair of dual meet wins in a double-dual meet victory over USC and Texas on November 1-2. Stanford next competes by hosting Auburn and Pacific in a swimming only double-dual meet November 22-23 (1 pm/10 am). Stanford has won nine national titles and eight NCAA crowns, including six during the 1990's.

Name - Event(s) - Hometown (Last School/Club)
Lauren Costella - Distance Free - Carson City, NV (Carson HS/Carson City Tigers)
Lisa Falzone - Free - Santa Barbara, CA (Santa Barbara HS/Santa Barbara Swim Club)
Cassidy Krug - Diving - Coraopolis, PA (Montour HS/Pitt Aquatic Club)
Brooke Sullivan - Diving - Maitland, FL (Winter Park HS/Team Orlando)

Name - Event(s) - Hometown (Last School/Club)
Morgan Hentzen - Distance Free - La Habra Heights, CA (La Serna HS/Industry Hills Aquatic Club)
Becky Kreutzjans - Free - Poway, CA (Poway HS/North Coast Aquatics)
Desiree Stahley - Free - Orlando, FL (Lake Highland HS/Trinity Aquatics)

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