LSU Signs Three Top High School Stars

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Dec. 6. THE LSU swimming and diving team signed three of the nation's top high school prospects on Wednesday who will begin competing for the Tigers during the 2001-02 season.

"I am extremely pleased with the signing of these three
swimmers," said head coach Jeff Cavana. "Each one of them has the potential to play a vital role on our team next season, and will definitely help us on our quest to win the SEC Championship in the future."

The Lady Tigers picked up two swimmers on Wednesday during the early signing period, while the men's swimming team added a single prospect to its 2001-02 roster.

Lindsay Staak from Daluth, Ga., and Lauren Ostroski, who is a native of Norristown, Pa., constitute the new women's swimmers,while Justin Boyes from Paso Robles, Calif., was the lone Tiger signed early.

Staak, who is a Senior National qualifier in the 100-yard backstroke event, chose LSU over Auburn, Tennessee, Clemson, and Texas A&M. She is a member of the Dynamo Swim Team in Atlanta, Ga., which is known as one of the best coached age-group programs in the nation.

"Lindsey is one of the up-and-coming great backstrokers in the country," Cavana said. "She will be a valuable addition to our women's team, both individually and on our medley relay teams."

Ostroski, is an Olympic Trials qualifier and a Junior National runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke event. She was a member of Team Foxcatcher and is currently coached by Olympic Coach Dick Shoulberg. Ostroski chose to attend LSU over Tennessee, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh.

"Lauren will add much needed depth to our breaststroke events and also improve our medley relays," said Cavana. "I also believe that she is a potential top-eight scorer at the SEC Championships."

Boyes, the newest addition to the men's swimming and diving program, is a Senior National qualifier and a Junior National finalist in the 200-yard individual medley. He is currently coached by former Baton Rouge area age-group coach Steve Thompson, and he chose to come to LSU over Cal-Berkeley, Arizona, and Arizona State.

"Justin is a talented swimmer that will help us out not only in improvement over the last few years and will be a big addition to our men's team."

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