Denver Adds Four Preps

DENVER, Colorado, November 22. FOUR prep swimmers with experience at the high school and club levels have signed National Letters of Intent with the University of Denver and will join the Pioneers in the fall of 2007, head coach Brian Schrader announced on Wednesday. Denver has signed Katy Motsinger of Charleston, S.C., Natalie Walker of Portland, Ore., Grace Kittle of Dallas, Texas, and Hayley Ettelson of San Diego, Calif.

Ettelson hails from San Diego and is a freestyle specialist. She is the two-time (2005 and 2006) CIF San Diego D2 Champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and was named to the 2006 All Section Team in San Diego as well as the Varsity Swimmer of the year at Mr. Carmel High School. She is coached by Owen Molenaar at Pacific Swim.

Kittle is a breaststroke specialist training at Mustang Aquatics under coach Mook Rhodenbaugh. She is a USA Swimming sectionals qualifier in the 100 and 200 breastroke and a senior at the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. Her coach there is Olympic medalist Jim Montgomery. She holds eleven school records and was team MVP in 2006 and is her team's captain for this coming year. She is the current Southwest Preparatory Conference record holder 100 breastroke and 100 freestyle.

Motsinger is a three-time defending state champion in South Carolina, winning both the 50 freestyle (2004, 2005, and 2006) and the 100 backstroke (2005 and 2006). She set state records in both events and is a Junior National, US Open, and USA Swimming Spring Championships Qualifier. She swims under the direction of Dan McDonough at the City of Charleston's Southern Marlins Racing Team.

Walker is a Junior National qualifier in the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle. She has been the most valuable swimmer on her Beaverton, Ore. high school swimming team and swims for Tualatin Hills under the supervision of Linck Bergen.

"I am very excited to coach this talented group of recruits," Associate head coach Alicia Franklin said. "To sign women with experience at these levels has been a goal for us here at Denver, to add to an already great group of women we have here now. These young people will add a great deal to our program, making us better in all areas, and together with our current team help us to reach our team goal of being an NCAA ranked program."

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