HOUSTON, Texas, April 27. RICE University head swim coach Seth Huston announced the signing of Knoxville, Tenn., prep standout Jennifer Hill to a national letter of intent, bringing the Owls' 2004-05 recruiting class to five signees.
Hill is a national qualifier in the 100- and 200-breaststroke and 200-IM. She won the 2003 southern zone championship in the 200-breaststroke and 400-IM while competing for Knoxville's Pilot Aquatic Club under coach Gardner Howland.
The standout from Farragut High School won the state championship in the 100-breaststroke as a junior and was a member of the school's state champion 400-free relay team. She was coached at Farragut by Mike Bowman.
Hill is an outstanding student who will be in step with Rice's challenging curriculum. She earned scholastic all-America honors at Farragut and is a four-time honor roll student.
"We are excited to add Jennifer to our freshman class," Huston said. "She was tops on our charts for the spring signing period and we think she will be a great addition. She is very strong in the individual medley and breaststroke, and she is a good freestyle swimmer as well. She will have a chance to step in and contribute right away. On top of her talents in the pool, Jennifer
has a positive, outgoing personality that is a great addition to any team."
The newest member of Huston's signing class joins a list from the fall semester that includes Carey Hain of Kingwood, Amy Halsey of Katy, Brittany Massengale of Alma, Ark., and Sarah Taylor of Danville, Calif.