Nov. 30, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston head swimming coach Augie Busch announced Friday the 2012-13 signing class featuring nine incoming student-athletes.
Doroteja Bednjanec, Taylor Gregory, Micheala Hamrick, Rachel Hobbins, Marissa Lehman, Leah Ortiz, Lindsay Schultz, Jasmine Williams and Samantha Young comprise Houston's newest class.
"This was really a special recruiting season," Busch said. "The interest and enthusiasm we're receiving from recruits is very gratifying. It shows they believe in what we're doing here and want to be a part. It certainly is helping generate an excitement within our program.
"This incoming class of student-athletes is top-notch in every way. They're talented swimmers and solid students who all yearn to help create a great team environment. They will all add to our program in so many ways, and I can't wait to get to work with all of these incoming student-athletes."
The second signing class for Busch includes commitments from three states (Texas, Florida and Ohio) and three countries (Canada, Croatia and USA).
2012-13 Signing Class
Doroteja Bednjanec | Zagreb, Croatia | Gornjogradska Gimnazija
Taylor Gregory | El Paso, Texas | El Paso Community College
Micheala Hamrick | Montgomery, Texas | Montgomery HS | Magnolia Aquatic Club
Rachel Hobbins | Austin, Texas | McNeil HS | Nitro Swimming
Marissa Lehman | Dayton, Ohio | Carroll HS | Dayton Raiders
Leah Ortiz | Houston, Texas | Cypress Creek HS | Cy-Fair Swim Club
Lindsay Schultz | Southlake, Texas | Southlake Carroll HS | North Texas Nadadores
Jasmine Williams | Orange Park, Fla. | Fleming Island HS | Bolles School
Samantha Young | Toronto, Canada | Banting Memorial HS | Newmarket Stingrays
On Taylor Gregory...
"Taylor has huge potential. She's very gifted underwater, which will allow her backstroke to continue to flourish, and as she gets stronger her sprint freestyle will blossom as well. I see her being a major factor on our sprint relays for years to come. It's been a long recruiting process with Taylor and the fact that I'm so close to working with her is very exciting. She has a team-first attitude which will add a great deal of value to our environment here at UH."
On Michaela Hamrick...
"With Michaela and Leah, I feel like we've captured two of Houston's promising young swimming talents. It wasn't until last season that Michaela started focusing on sprints, and her times dropped off the table as soon as that happened. They way she's been coached at her club will make for a seamless transition into my style of training. She's not only a strong freestyler, but her fly has awesome potential. I can't wait to see the impact she'll have in our program."
On Rachel Hobbins...
"I think Rachel is going to be a great fit in this program. She will bring needed depth to our distance group and her personality will help create a great team atmosphere. She's determined to get her swimming back to the high level it was at before some large health obstacles. She's very devoted academically and she strives to be her best in all parts of life. I'm so excited to help her realize her big potential."
On Marissa Lehman...
"Marissa will bring much needed breaststroke depth to our team. We'll count on her to come in and take our medley relays to the next level. She has an insatiable desire to maximize her potential in this sport, which was readily apparent to me when I first sat down with her in Ohio. I know she can be a major player as we move into the Big East Conference. I can't wait to start coaching her."
On Leah Ortiz...
"You watch Leah swim and it doesn't take long to realize she has a tremendous ease and balance in the water. That's a gift. I strive to find it when I'm recruiting and that's one of the reasons why I'm so excited to coach her. I have no doubt she'll develop into a very fast swimmer who can swim a wide range of events. It's been awesome getting to know her through this process. Her personality and desire to be great will only make our team better."
On Lindsay Schultz...
"Lindsay has a chance to be a very special collegiate swimmer. Her physical talent jumped out at me when I first saw her swim last year at high school state. She will add tremendous depth to our sprint relays and her 200 is only going to get better. She's also a dedicated student, is very competitive, and has an unselfish attitude... all things that will contribute greatly to our team culture."
On Jasmine Williams...
"I'm fortunate to have a good connection with Bolles Swimming through my experiences coaching their athletes at Arizona. When her coach called me to recommend her, he had incredible things to say about her in every way. As we recruited her, we saw what a positive attitude and vibrant personality she has. The team can't wait to have her with them and that's so cool to see. On top of that, she's very talented and very undeveloped athletically. There's no doubt she'll make a huge impact competitively and be a great teammate every step of the way. It's going to be awesome working with Jasmine."
On Samantha Young...
"I think Sam has a chance become a great swimmer. She's physically gifted and can swim a variety of events. Her improvements have been significant over a very short period of time, which is what first jumped out at me during the recruiting process. She has a very positive outlook on life and the sport of swimming which makes her refreshing to be around. It will be exciting to watch how good she can become in college and I'm very optimistic about her upside."