EVANSTON, Ill., December 1. NORTHWESTERN head coach Jimmy Tierney and head diving coach Tom Michael have announced the signing of three future Wildcats to National Letters of Intent. Swimmers Hayley Fry and Sara White-Delehoy will join diver Chelsea Davis in matriculating to NU in the fall of 2005.
Fry attends Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa, where she recently won her third-straight 100 breaststroke state title in addition to her first 200 IM gold. Her winning time of 2:06.95 in the 200 IM made her just the second Iowa swimmer ever to break the 2:07 mark.
She has also earned Iowa State Athlete of the Year honors and is a high school All-American. Fry's coach, Bobby Kelly, also developed Joy Stover, a former Northwestern All-American.
"I am very excited to have Hayley join the Wildcat family," Tierney said. "She is a very talented breaststroker and will fit in immediately with Jessie Bailis to give us a deadly one-two punch in the two breaststroke events. I really believe we secured one of the top high school breaststrokers in the country."
White-Delehoy, a native of Kent, Wash., holds school records at Kentlake High School in the 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. She took fourth in the 200 free and 100 back at the state meet this year, with All-American consideration times in both events. She is also a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.
"We are really fortunate to nab Sara, a future Big Ten finalist, from the Tacoma (Wa.) Swim Club — one of the nation's most successful club teams," Tierney said. "I am convinced Sara has a great future ahead of her here at Northwestern. She will contribute greatly in both backstroke events over the next four years."
Davis won the Ohio Division I state diving championship two years ago for Worthington Kilbourne, but did not compete in the meet last season to concentrate on attempting to qualify for the Olympics. While she did not make the U.S. squad for Athens, she recently placed sixth on the 3-meter board and ninth in the 3-meter synchronized event at the Junior World Championships in Brazil.
She was third in tower diving, fifth in 3-meter and eighth on the 1-meter at the 2002 Junior World Championships in Aachen, Germany.
"I am ecstatic to have signed Chelsea," Michael said. "I would consider her the top springboard diving recruit in the country. She will add huge depth and experience into our much improved diving program. With Chelsea teaming up with Leanne Dumais and Beth Campbell, Northwestern diving will be a strong force in the Big Ten and the nation."