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Standout Class

Nov 11, 2020

STANFORD, Calif. – Three-time defending NCAA champion Stanford will welcome seven impressive standouts to The Farm in 2021-22, as announced on Wednesday by Paul A. Violich Director of Women's Swimming Greg Meehan, associate head coach Tracy Slusser and head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey.

The Cardinal's incoming class consists of Lauren Burch (The Woodlands, Texas), Torri Huske (Arlington, Va.), Meghan Lynch (Greenwich, Ct.), Aurora Roghair (Iowa City, Iowa), Anna Shaw (TBD), Sam Tadder (TBD) and Amy Tang (Bellevue, Wash.)

Stanford boasts three of the top eight swimmers ranked SwimSwam's top-20 for the Class of 2021, with Huske ranking No. 2, Tang checking in at No. 4 and Tadder featured at No. 8.

"Today is a great day for Stanford women's swimming and diving," said Meehan, who enters his ninth season while having guided the Cardinal to NCAA titles in 2017-19. "These seven young women of the Class of 2021 bring tremendous success with them on the boards and in the pool and their impact will be immediately felt next fall. More importantly, they are truly representative of Stanford student-athletes: great young people who are hardworking, passionate about their academics, versatile in sport and humble in life. Patrick, Tracy and I can't wait to see what their legacy will be."

Coach Meehan says »
"We love Torri's versatility, which is one of the best we've ever seen coming out of high school. Not only will Torri be a top performer in her individual events, but her ability to impact our relays in any number of strokes might be her greatest strength."

"It's been incredible to watch Amy's trajectory in her sprint events over the past 15 months and knowing her background gets us really excited about what's ahead. Amy is another one who will walk in the door and make our team better right away."

"Sam is another all-around great swimmer. Her range from the 400 IM to mid-distance freestyle to the mile is tremendous and gives our team flexibility in event lineups from dual meets to the NCAA Championships. It's fun to coach athletes with Sam's versatility, not knowing exactly which events she'll compete in."

"Tracy and I are really excited about Meghan, Aurora and Anna. While they swim different events, they are coming from similar backgrounds and will be in a position to adapt quickly and impact our team next year. They are the perfect additions to round out the class."
    
Coach Jeffrey says »
"Lauren will bring an increased amount of depth to our already talented diving group. Lauren will be coming from a program that teaches very sound basic skills and she has been developed with a rock solid foundation. I can't stress how valuable this is for high-level performance. Lauren is also a high-energy athlete who will bring a freshness and positive attitude to our environment. I don't think I've ever seen her without a smile on her face! I am very excited to get started with Lauren next fall."

Lauren Burch • The Woodlands, Texas • The Woodlands HS
Quick Profile: Member of USA Diving High Performance Squad Tiered III Jr (2020-21) ... member of The Woodlands High School Texas State championship team while also ranking third in the nation (2018) ... team placed fifth at Texas State Championship (2020) ... placed fourth at Texas State Championship in 2020 and sixth in 2018 ... All-American (2018-20) ... all-region (2019) ... all-district (2019) ... all-state (2019).

Club Participation: The Woodlands Diving Academy (2012-present) ... USA Diving Junior National Championship fifth-place team finish (2019) ... USA Diving Junior National Championship fourth-place team finish (2018) ... at USA Diving Junior Nationals, placed fifth on 3-meter and sixth on 1-meter (2019) ... at USA Diving National Winter Championships, placed 13th on 1-meter and 22nd on 3-meter (2019) ... at USA Diving Zone B Championships, placed 12th on platform.

Personal: Parents are Alex and Missy ... siblings are Alyssa, Julia and Tyler ... National Honor Society member ... TISCA Academic All-State (2019) ... helped organize The Woodlands High School annual blood drive ... participated in All-Ears Annual Fun Run to raise money for deaf children ... hobbies include cooking, playing guitar, shadowing cardiologists and singing.

3 Things: I am going to become a cardiothoracic surgeon ... I dreamed of attending Stanford since I was 10 ... my favorite band is Queen.

Torri Huske • Arlington, Va. • Yorktown HS
Quick Profile: Competed for Team USA at Junior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary (2019) ... led Yorktown High School to runner-up finish at VHSL State Championships (2018, 2020) ... member of Liberty District championship teams (2018-20) ... state champion in both the 50 free and 100 fly (2018-20) ... All-Met Swimmer of the Year (2018-19) ... high school record holder in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly and 200 IM.

Club Participation: Arlington Aquatic Club/AAC (2008-20) ... member of record-setting short course relay teams in 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 200 medley, 400 medley, mixed 200 free, mixed 400 free ... member of record-setting long course relay teams in 200 medley and 400 medley ... short course record holder in 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 back, 200 back, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly, 100 IM, 200 IM, 400 IM (2019-20) ... long course record holder in 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 200 breast, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM (2019) ... Most Outstanding Award (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19).

Personal: Parents are James and Ying ... hobbies include painting.

3 Things: I love art ... I have two cats (Cupcake and Truffles) ... I'm interested in possibly majoring in something related to environmental science.

Meghan Lynch • Greenwich, Ct. • Greenwich HS
Quick Profile: Connecticut State Open champions (2017-18) ... Connecticut Class LL State champions (2017-18) ... FCIAC champions (2017-18) ... Connecticut High School Coaches Association Swimmer of the Year (2018-19) ... Connecticut State Class LL MVP (2018-19) ... Greenwich High School record holder in 50 free, 100 free (also holds the Class LL record), 200 free (also holds the conference record), 500 free, 200 IM (also holds the conference, Class LL and State Open records), 100 breast and 400 free relay (also holds the conference, Class LL and State Open records) ... versatile athlete who also competed with her high school track and triathlon programs ... in track (all-FCIAC, all-state, freshman of the year) ... in triathlon (2018 USA Triathlon All-American, six-time adult champion).

Club Participation: Greenwich YWCA Dolphins Swim Team (2008-present) ... USA Swimming Club Excellence Silver Medal Club (2019-20) ... USA Swimming Club Excellence Bronze Medal Club (206-18) ... Connecticut Swimming Swimmer of the Year (2019-20) ... Connecticut Swimming Senior Championships High Point Winner (2016-20) ... Connecticut Swimming 2020 Senior Invitational overall and distance high point winner ... Connecticut Swimming Age Group Championships High Point Winner (2013-18) ... holds 65 Connecticut Swimming age group records ... qualified for Olympic Swimming Trials (2020) ... qualified and competed at USA Swimming Nationals (2018-19) ... current national age group record holder (10&U) in 50 breast and 100 breast.

Personal: Parents are Robert and Joan ... has one sibling, Ryan ... mother, Joan, swam at University of Connecticut ... brother, Ryan, swam at Tufts University ... National Society of High School Scholars (grade 11) ... Greenwich HS Math, Science and Technology Award for Precalculus (grade 10) ... Connecticut Swimming Board of Directors, athlete representative (grade 11, 12) ... National French Contest Honorable Mention (grade 11) ... hobbies include puzzles, math, biking and triathlons.

3 Things: I played saxophone in elementary and middle school, including a selective Jazz Band ... I was a gymnast before I chose to get serious about swimming ... I rescued two dogs and two cats and love working with animals.

Aurora Roghair • Iowa City, Iowa • Iowa City West HS
Quick Profile: Led Iowa City West High School to four conference championships (2017-20) and three regional championships (2018-20) ... state champion in the 200 free and 500 free (2019) ... six-time All-American (2018-19) ... three-time conference Athlete of the Year (2018-20) ... three-time regional Athlete of the Year (2018-20) ... school record holder in 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 500 free ... member of three record-setting relay teams in the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free ... five-time conference record holder in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay.

Club Participation: Iowa Flyers Swim Club (2011-20) ... Bronze Medal Club (2020) ... Silver Medal Club (2016) ... USA Swimming Scholastic All-American (2018-20) ... USA Swimming 18 and Under World 100 (2020) .. Futures 200 fee and 1500 free champion (2019) ... Iowa long course record holder in seven events.

Personal: Parents are Robert and Pei-fen Chou ... siblings are Jasmine, Ariel and Jade ... sister, Jasmine, swam for Truman State (2014-18) ... sister, Ariel, swam for Macalester College (2016-20) ... National Honor Society ... volunteered at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Melrose Meadows Retirement Community ... member of Lead West, a club focused on helping student-athletes with transition to high school ... hobbies include drawing, baking and dancing.

3 Things: I am PADI Scuba Diving certified ... I danced for 12 years and danced competitively for three years ... I am biracial and am working towards being trilingual.

Anna Shaw • Littleton, Colo. • Heritage HS
Quick Profile: Three-time member of Smoky Hill championship squad (2017-19) ... three-time state participants (2017-19) ... three-time All-American (2018-20) ... all-state first team (2018, 2020) ... 4A state champion in the 50 free (2018) ... 5A state champion in the 50 free (2020) ... South Metro Swimmer of the Year (2019-20) ... 50 free team record holder ... VMAC pool record holder.

Club Participation: University of Denver Hilltoppers (all throughout high school) ... Silver medal team (all years) ... Sectionals champions (2018) ... runner-up finish at Speedo Winter Juniors West (2019) ... pool record holder in 100 free ... team record in 100 and 200 free ... member of 400 medley relay junior national champions (2019) ... Sections podium finish (2019) ... Scholastic All-American.

Personal: Parents are Patrick and Julie ... has two siblings, Brian and Audrey ... father, Patrick, played basketball at Fort Lewis College ... National Honor Society ... Head of School honor roll ... tutors students weekly ... hobbies include skiing, baking and painting.

3 Things: I play the violin ... I love True Crime ... My favorite family bonding activity is playing the Chopped cooking game.

Sam Tadder • Virginia Beach, Va. • First Colonial HS
Quick Profile: Participated in National Select Camp (2018) ... two-time region champions (2019-20) ... two-time state champions (2020) ... nine-time high school All-American ... nine-time state champion ... former national high school record holder in 200 IM short course ... high school record holder in 200 IM, 400 free, 500 free and 100 breast ... state record holder in 200 free relay and 400 free relay ... versatile athlete who also competed in club soccer and gymnastics.

Club Participation: Tide Swimming (2011-present) ... Top-10 team at Junior Nationals (2019) ... Virginia Senior runner-up finish (2018-present) ... Virginia Senior Championships MVP (2020) ... 17-time Virginia Senior State champion - individual and relays (2018-present) ... Summer Junior National champion (2019) ... 2021 Olympic Trials qualifier.

Personal: Parents are Mark and Dottie ... has one sibling, Shannon ... National Honor Society ... Math Honor Society ... hobbies include cooking, baking and surfing.

3 Things: I am a Virginia Beach lifeguard ... I am involved in a special needs program at my high school and it is a personal interest of mine ... I love to travel and hope to do so even more after college.

Amy Tang • Bellevue, Wash. • Lakeside HS
Quick Profile: Represented Team USA at World Junior Swimming Championships (2019) and National Junior Team Camp (2019) ... Washington Girls High School state runner-up (2017) ... WIAA Swimmer of the Year (2017) ... NISCA High School All-American (2017) ... Washington state high school 3A record holder in the 200 free ... Lakeside High School record holder in 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 200 free relay.

Club Participation: Pacific Northwest Swimming (2017-18) ... Unattached (2018-present) ... Junior world record holder in the 4x100 mixed freestyle relay (2019) ... four-time World Junior champion (2019) ... USA National Junior team member since 2019 ... attained No. 3 world ranking for 18&U in 100 free long course (2019) ... 2021 Olympic Trials qualifier in 50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 100 fly ... two-time Winter Junior champion in 50 free and 100 free ... USA Swimming Scholastic All-American (2018-20) ... ranked No. 4 NCAA swimming recruit by SwimSwam (2020) ... 30+ Pacific North Swimming record holder (2013-20) ... nine-time PNS Championship High Point Winner (2013-20).

Personal: Parents are Wenzhong and Wendy ... has one sibling, Julia ... National Merit Scholar semifinalist (2020) ... hobbies include singing, playing guitar, reading fantasy books, playing video games and cards.

3 Things: I enjoy watching detective TV shows ... I enjoy playing Hearthstone ... I used to have a fish named Sushi.