Nov. 26, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona Head Swimming Coach Frank Busch has announced the signing of five recruits that will become Wildcats for the 2003-04 season. Among these athletes include Mary Yarrison, considered by many to be one of the top three divers in the nation, and United States national champion Whitney Myers.
In addition to being the U.S. national champ in the 100m butterfly, Myers, who hails from Oxford, Ohio, is a two-time Ohio High School Swimmer of the Year. Myers was the 2002 Ohio State Champion in the 200 free (1:47.19) and the 100 fly (54.08), both Ohio state record times.
"Whitney has competed and won at the highest level in the United States, something that is essential to us. She is probably one of the most versatile athletes we ever have had. Needless to say, she is very talented," said Busch.
Yarrison, acknowledged as one of the nation's premier divers, is a former Winter Region Champion in both the 1 and 3-meter springboards. Yarrison has also competed in U.S Diving Zone competition.
The other two new Wildcat women swimmers are both decorated in-state products. Abby McIntosh, a Tucson native, was the 2002 4A Arizona State Champion in the 200y (1:53.51) freestyle and she was the runner up in the 100y (52.96) free.
The other new Wildcat in-state recruit is Melissa Johnson, the 2002 5A Arizona state champion in the 500 free. She also finished second in the 200 IM at last year's state championships. Johnson, like Myers, brings lots of flexibility to the Arizona squad, Busch said.
Arizona has also signed 2002 Colorado State Champion Nate Rothman, of Conifer, Colo. Rothman will swim the backstroke and the IM events for the 'Cats in the 2003-04 campaign.
"Rothman helps us fill our needs in the backstroke and IM events. He is a very talented swimmer" commented Busch.
In addition to the recruits for next year, the Wildcats will have Lyndon Ferns and Simon Burnett available for competition at the beginning of the Spring 2003 semester. Ferns and Burnett, mid-year enrollees, bring international experience and savvy to the oft-injured men's squad in need of fresh bodies in the relay events.
"Our squad is lucky in the sense that we have great athletes in this year's freshman class as well as next year's. It's just we have fewer this year because of scholarship availability. Everyone of these kids coming here next year is good enough to make an impact on our team," concluded Busch.