Washington State Inks Three

PULLMAN, Wash., Dec. 3, 2002. THREE outstanding women swimmers — ANDRIA Giovanni (Bremerton, Wash.), Laurie Gregg (Los Altos, Calif.), and Katie Van Horne (Healdsburg, Calif.) — have signed National Letters of Intent, Washington State Head Coach Erica Quam announced today.

No men signed letters of intent since WSU abolished men's swimming ostensibly to comply with Title IX.

"I’m excited about our fall recruiting and the start of our incoming class for the fall of 2003," Quam said. "I believe that Laurie, Katie, and Andria will help our team tremendously. Not only are they great student-athletes, but they are great people and will really add a lot to our program. Each one adds a different element to the team and will help us in many areas."

Giovanni comes to WSU from Central Kitsap High School. As a freshman, Giovanni placed 14th in the 100 free at the State championships, and was selected for first team all-league honors. During her sophomore year at the State championships, she placed eighth in the 50 free, and 14th in the 100 free. Last season, as a junior, Giovanni helped lead her team to a 6-1 record, and a fifth place finish in 4A division at the State championships. As an individual, she placed sixth in the 100 free and seventh in the 50 free at the State level. She received All-America consideration for her performance in the 400 free relay.

Giovanni also competes for the Gig Harbor Peninsula Swim Club with coach Ben Olszewski. With the club, Giovanni placed seventh in the Western Zone championship in the 100 free in 2000.

"I'm really excited to become a Cougar," said Giovanni. "It means a lot to have worked so long and hard at swimming and then been given the chance to fulfill a dream like this. I can't wait to get started."

Gregg attends Mountain View High School in Los Altos, Calif. As a freshman, Gregg was selected as a Central Coast Section qualifier and named all-league. During her sophomore year she was selected as a Central Coast Section semifinalist, all-league and was the recipient of the Iron Woman Award. Last season, Gregg’s first place finish in the 100 free and 200 free assisted in leading the Spartans to the League championship. She also was a Central Coast Section semifinalist in the 200 free, and a finalist in the 100 backstroke. She was named an All-American as a member of the 200 and 400 free relay teams.

Gregg also swims with Stanford Covington Racing Aquatics under coach Scott Shea. With the club, Gregg was selected to the Western Zone All-Star Team in 2002, with a first place finish in the 100 back, a second place finish in the 200 IM, a third place finish in the 400 free and a sixth place finish in the 400 IM. Also with the club, Gregg was selected as a California Sectional Semifinalist in the 200 back in 2002.

"After spending a weekend living in the dorms, visiting all the athletic facilities, and cheering for the Cougs at a football game, I knew I had found the perfect school for me," Gregg said. "I found more than just an awesome swim team and coaches."

Van Horne attends Healdsburg High School. She was selected as team MVP her freshman, sophomore and junior years, as well as team captain this season, as a senior. As a junior, Van Horne set meet records in both the 50 and 100 free. She placed in the finals at North Coast Section in both events. Van Horne currently holds the Healdsburg High record for both the 50 and 100 free.

For the past year, Van Horne has been competing for the Piranha Swim Club. With the Piranhas, she won the 50 free at the Western Zone Championship in August of this year.

Academically, Van Horne is ranked among the top three students in her class, is a member of the California Scholarship Federation and was also a Governor’s Scholar in 2000 and 2001. Van Horne received the trilingual award, taking four years in Spanish, French as well as English.

"I love the atmosphere, the college town and the athletic programs at WSU." Van Horne stated. "I cannot wait to become a Cougar."

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