Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 25. UNIVERSITY of Nebraska head swimming coach Pablo Morales announced Monday morning that he has received two letters of intent for the 2002-03 season, and interim diving coach Jefferson Bro announced that he has received one letter of intent for the 2002-03 season.
Nebraska received letters of intent from swimmers MacKenzie Clark (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Courtney Petersen (Gilbert, Ariz.) and diver Amie Buoy (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).
"We are very happy to land three student-athletes of this caliber during the early signing period," Morales said. "All three bring significant potential and experience to the Big 12 Conference. In addition, they are hard-working, focused and dedicated student-athletes who will add a significant amount of solid team chemistry to what we are building here at Nebraska."
(Nebraska lost most of its women's team after university officials axed the men's team last year citing budgetary reasons. Morales began his career at Nebraska by advertising in the students newspaper for swimmers for his team. Later events proved there was no budgetary imperative at all: More than a million dollars were found for athletic department bonuses, and Alltel gave the department an $8 million gift.)
Clark, from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, will join the Huskers as a distance specialist. "MacKenzie is a solid distance specialist who can make an immediate impact as a distance swimmer," Morales said. "She is a tremendous addition to a distance program that we are looking to bolster this year."
Petersen was a Junior National qualifier in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley, as well as the 200-yard butterfly. A 2001 graduate of Mesquite High School in Gilbert, she also posted high school All-American consideration times in the 100-fly and the 200-yard IM.
"Courtney is a versatile performer who can be a point scorer in the butterfly and the IM events," Morales said. "Her versatility will allow her to play a key role on the team."
The signing of Buoy adds a third scholarship Canadian diver to the squad.
Buoy dives for the Edmonton Kinsmen Dive Club under head coach Gao Min. One of the top senior divers in Canada, Buoy finished seventh on the one-meter at the 2001 Canada Games and took top honors on both the one-
and the three-meter at the 2001 Alberta Summer Provincial meet.
"Amie is a very good diver," Bro said. "We are very pleased that she has signed with us. She is one of the top divers in her age group, and she will do big things at Nebraska."