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:
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)
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:
"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 platform specialist.
"Maggy has continued to improve during her summer season, and is going to be someone we will look to carry much of our springboard workload throughout the fall," said Stebbins.
"Michelle continues to work at a very high level, and has had a very nice summer competitively. Michelle will create some much needed depth for our diving corp this fall.
"Karina is a great diver and we are so excited to have her joining the Bruin dive team in the Fall," said Stebbins.