Nov. 10, 2011
The UCLA swimming and diving team has announced the signing of eight standout student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent.
Head swim coach Cyndi Gallagher has signed six swimmers - Madison Applegate, Katy Campbell, Megan Rankin, Arlyn Upshaw Kathryn Kinnear and Lexy Troup, while dive coach Tom Stebbins has signed Margaret Denison and Montana Monahan.
Campbell hails from La Canada and is one of the top long distance swimmers in Southern California. Campbell competes for Swim Pasadena, which was also the club team of 2011 graduate Sam Vanden Berge who was an All-American, school record-holder and World University Games participant during her career at UCLA. Campbell has top times of 1:48.07 in the 200 free, 4:41.47 in the 500 free (which would score at NCAAs), 9:48.59 in the 1000 free and 16:18.30 in the 1650 free.
Rankin competes for Aquazot Swim Club and is from Irvine, CA. She is another local top distance standout with top short course times of 1:47.85 in the 200 free and 4:45.37 in the 500 free. Rankin also has top long course times of 8:37.93 in the 800m free, 16:33.22 in the 1500m free, 2:13.14 in the 200m fly and 4:50.77 in the 400 IM.
Both Campbell and Rankin have swam Olympic Trials cut times.
Troup, a native of Danville, CA, also has signed on with the Bruins. She competes for Crow Canyon Country Club and is an up-and-coming distance swimmer with top times of 1:51.67 in the 200 free, 4:51.32 in the 500 free, 10:15.98 in the 1000 free and 16:58.63 in the 1650 free.
"We have had a great tradition of distance swimmers at UCLA, most recently with standout Sam Vanden Berge and two-time Pac-10 champion in the 1650 free Katie Nelson," said Gallagher. "We are excited for Katy, Megan and Lexy to continue the Bruin tradition when they come to UCLA next fall."
Upshaw hails from Piedmont, CA and competes for one of the top club swim programs in the country, Terrapins Swim Team. Two Bruin freshmen competed for the Terrapins, Allison Gargalikis and Taylor Carlson. Upshaw is a versatile swimmer that can compete in any event. She has top marks of 55.60 in the 100 back, 2:00.48 in the 200 back, 56.43 in the 100 fly and 2:02.42 in the 200 IM.
Applegate is Upshaw's club teammate, competing for Terrapins Swim Team. She hails from Brentwood, CA and is another versatile swimmer that will help out in all events. She has top times of 23.96 in the 50 free, 51.92 in the 100 free, 1:51.79 in the 200 free, 55.18 in the 100 fly and 2:02.95 in the 200 fly.
"We are very excited to add Arlyn and Madison to the Bruin squad after bringing in two of their club teammates last season," noted Gallagher. "Both can swim in any event and their versatility will be an asset to our team."
Kinnear hails from Gallagher's home state of Washington where she competes for Issaquah Swim Team. She had top times of 23.22 in 50 free, 51.30 in 100 free, 55.17 in the 100 back, 1:59.53 in the 200 back, 24.34 in the 50 fly, 53.09 in the 100 fly, 2:00.34 in the 200 fly and 2:02.53 in the 200 IM. Kinnear has also swam Olympic Trial cut times.
"Katie is loaded with talent and will make an immediate impact in the fly events, IM, sprint free and all relays when she comes next fall," said Gallagher. "I love recruiting in my hometown and am excited to add another Northwesterner to the team."
The diving team, who welcomed one of the top freshman in the country, Emma Ivory-Ganja, to the team in September, will welcome another top national recruit in 2012 as Margaret (Maggie) Denison has signed on to be a Bruin next fall. Denison is a standout student-athlete from Pasadena, CA that turned down both local and national offers to attend UCLA. She currently competes for Rose Bowl Aquatics. Denison was the 2011 USA Diving Junior National bronze medalist on 3M, a 2011 Senior National Qualifier on 3M, a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier on 3M and a three-time All-American. She holds diving records for the CIF Div. III and Div. IV and is a two-time Immaculate Heart HS Athlete of the Year.
"Maggie is an outstanding student athlete," noted Stebbins. "She has great boardwork, is incredibly strong, and has one of the best entries in the country. Maggie and her coaches have done a great job moving her along and she will have a huge impact on our program immediately."
Monahan is a local product of Woodland Hills who has been a part of the Bruin Dive Team age group program since 2009. She has a platform emphasis, but will be another three-event competitor for the Bruins. Monahan was a 2011 USA Diving Age Group Nationals finalist (10th-place on PL), the 2010 Los Angeles City Champion and El Camino Real High School Athlete of the Year.
"Montana is a great student athlete with high level potential," said Stebbins. "She is very quick and very strong and while she considers herself more of a platform diver, I think her upside on springboard is incredibly high.
"Keeping the best local talent home is important to our program and we get that with the addition of Montana and Maggie. I look forward to watching them continue to develop through this year and am very excited about their addition to our program next fall."