KNOXVILLE, Tenn, May 11. TENNESSEE women's head coach Dan Colella, Diving Coach Dave Parrington and the University of Tennessee swimming & diving program announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2004-05 academic year. Lauren LeRoy (Oshkosh, Wisc./Oshkosh North H.S.) and Danyelle Vincent (Greenbrae, Calif./Rancho Cotate H.S.) will look to add to the ripple effect created by recent recruiting classes.
LeRoy comes to Rocky Top as a four-year letterwinner with a pair of YMCA national one-meter diving crowns and All-American nods in 2002 and 2003, while also finishes at the three-meter runner-up in both years as well. Additionally, she nabbed the 2002 and 2003 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association state diving championships with the latter being a record-setting performance. In both 2002 and 2003, LeRoy earned Wisconsin Coaches’ Association and Fox Valley Association Diver of the Year recognition. Moreover, LeRoy claimed the 2003 and 2004 sectional diving championships, while being twice-named first-team all-conference in both 2003 and 2004 and an honorable mention candidate in 2002. The All-American also competed in the both the summer and winter Junior Olympics in 2002 and 2003. In a different competitive arena, LeRoy earned first-team all-conference honors in 2002 as a member of the track team. She also claimed honorable mention all-conference recognition in 2002 and 2003.
As for the classroom, LeRoy was a member of the student council her entire high school career and served on the executive board for the past two years. Additionally, LeRoy captured a berth in the National Honor Society and was a Yellow Ribbon Club member. She also demonstrated musical talent as a four-year member of the Madrigal Singers and had a lead solo part three-years running in the school musical production.
“I am very pleased to announce the signing of Lauren Leroy to the diving squad,” Parrington said. “She is immensely talented, with the drive and determination to succeed, while her character is such that she will bond well with the rest of our outstanding young ladies. I anticipate she will add immensely to the swimming and diving team both in and out of the pool.”
Vincent will enter UT having already garnered National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) All-American consideration in the 100 freestyle in 2002. She was a member of the All-Empire first team in both 2002 and 2003 and paced her squad to a North Bay League co-championship in 2001. As a member of the Piranha/Pacific swim club, she claimed the 100 freestyle event crown and runner-up status in the 50 freestyle at the 2002 Western Zone Championship. Additionally, Vincent was a member of three U.S. Swim relay 15-16 age group national records at the Western Zone meet.
The four-year letterwinner also made an impact in the classroom by garnering a Harvard Prize Book Award, California Governor’s Scholar Award in 2001 and 2002 and a U.S. Achievement Academy National Arts Award nomination. Moreover, Vincent was a four-time Who’s Who Among High School Students awardwinner, a member of the National Honor Society, French club and the California Scholastic Federation.
“We are excited that Danyelle has signed with us,” Colella said. “She will definitely add depth to our sprint group, and judging from her background, we feel that there is a tremendous amount of potential for her future. We look forward to her arrival this August.”
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE SWIMMING & DIVING SIGNEES
Name Ht. Hometown/High School
Lauren LeRoy 5-8 Oshkosh, Wisc./Oshkosh North
Danyelle Vincent 5-8 Greenbrae, Calif./Rancho Cotate