TCU Announces Early Signings

FORT WORTH, Texas, November 20. TCU swimming and diving head coach Richard Sybesma announced the signing of seven swimmers and divers to National Letters of Intent on Monday.

The incoming class includes Ellie Bradley (Tigard, Ore.), Nikka Campora (Auburn, Calif.), Mychala Lynch (Phoenix, Ariz.), Britney Martinez (Englewood, Colo.), Samie Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.), Macy Zander (Boerne, Texas) and Jeff Gettel (Plano, Texas).

"This is one of the stronger recruiting classes we've ever had for the women," said Sybesma. "We feel like not only did we get the quality to help our program improve, but we also filled some real needs on our team in the backstroke, IM and sprint events. Also, Jeff Gettel, our lone male signee, is going to be a good one who follows in the footsteps of Craig Chapman and Jonathon Berrettini as outstanding college swimmers."

Ellie Bradley, from Tigard High School, will swim in the IM, breaststroke and backstroke events for the Frogs, and was named a high school All-American in the 100-breast, with a time of 1:05.17.

"Ellie is a really good all-around swimmer, and we think she will come in and have a chance to help win a conference championship."

Nikka Campora, a diver from Forest Lake Christian Academy in Auburn, Calif., comes to TCU after being named a 2005 high school All-American. Campora was listed as 13th of the 30 divers nationwide to be selected as All-Americans.

"We are really excited about Nikka. She has not been diving very long and is relatively new to the sport, being a former gymnast, and we think she will really blossom in college."

Mychala Lynch, a freestyle and butterfly swimmer from Xavier College Prep in Phoenix Ariz., was named a high-school American in the 50-free (23.90), and also posted All-American times in the 200-medley relay (1:48.22) and 400-free relay (3:31.58).

"Mychala is an outstanding sprint freestyle and butterfly swimmer, and will pick up where senior Erica Tate leaves off."

Britney Martinez, a freestyle and backstroke swimmer from Grandview High School, earned All-America honors in the 100-back event (57.89). Martinez comes to TCU from the same high school as current freshman Ben Biefnes.

"Britney can swim the sprint and backstroke events where we have been needing help, and is also a good mid-distance freestyle swimmer."

Samie Smith, from Centennial High School in Alpharetta, Ga., will participate in the backstroke, freestyle and IM events for TCU.

"Samie brings us a really solid backstroke and will be a really good in the 400-IM also."

Macy Zander, from Boerne, Texas, is a sprint, backstroke and freestyle swimmer who was named all-state in 2006, and was the runner-up in the 100-backstroke event in the Texas state meet.

"Macy is an outstanding swimmer that I think is really going to help us in our sprint and backstroke events."

Jeff Gettel, a backstroke and IM swimmer from Plano Senior High School was named an All-American in the 100-back with a time of 52.00.

"Jeff will really develop in terms of his backstroke while he is here at TCU."

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