Eight Swimmers, Six Divers Sign For 2005-06 Season
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  07/19/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

July 19, 2005

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico women's swimming and diving head coaches Tracy Ljone and Abel Sanchez have announced the signing of eight swimmers and six divers to the 2005-06 team. Five divers and three swimmers originate from New Mexico.

"We have a fantastic bunch of ladies joining us this Fall, both in and out of the water," Ljone said. "They are great students, great athletes and great people. We have brought in a some really good all around swimmers and believe they will have an immediate impact on the team. Many of them should be able to score their freshman year at our Conference Championships! We look forward to getting under way this August."

"I am excited to work with the incoming athletes," Sanchez said. "We had a great 2005-06 season and we are going to work even harder this year. We recruited locally and had a lot of local interest due to the success of last year."


Summer Abt, Albuquerque, N.M. - Valley HS
•Sprint Freestyle, Backstroke and Individual Medley
•Top three at State Championships each year in 200-yard IM
•Top five every year in 100-yard Free at State Championships

Jessica Dworschack, Peoria, Ariz. - Ironwood HS
•Middle and Distance Free
•Region Champion and HS record-holder in 500-yard Free
•Senior Swimmer of the Year

Cassidy Lespreance, Richmond, Texas. - senior transfer from Univ. of La.-Monroe
•Middle and Distance Free, Back
•UL-M dropped swim program three weeks prior to end of 2005 Spring semester

Kate Lindemann, Las Cruces, N.M. - Las Cruces HS
•HS State Finalist in 50- and 100-yard Free

Katrina McLoughlin, Nepean, Ontario (Canada)
•Butterfly, IM, Free
•Club teammate of Andrea Zarins

Kristen Naber, Tulsa, Okla. - Jenks HS
•Fly, Breaststroke, IM
•Individual and Relay State Champion

Nicole Naber, Tulsa, Okla. - Jenks HS
•State qualifier and State Champion on Relays
•Twin sister of Kristen, second set of twins in UNM swim program

Blakely Stephens, Albuquerque, N.M. - Albuquerque Academy
•Third at 2005 State Championships in 100-yard Back


Kathryn Blair, Wake Forest, N.C.
•4.4 GPA

Tiffany Blackstone, Albquerque, N.M. - soph. transfer from NAU
•New Mexico State Champ - '02, '03, `04

Nicole Smith, Albuquerque, N.M.
•walk-on currently enrolled at UNM

Jolene Sun, Kissimmee, Fla. - Osceola HS
•Originally from Albuquerque, lived in Fla. last four years

Denise Telles, Albuquerque, N.M. - Del Norte HS
•2005 State runner-up
•2005 All-City Champion
•14th in class at Del Norte HS
•Westpoint Leadership Award

Nicole Vargas, Rio Rancho, N.M. - Rio Rancho HS
•UNM Star Scholar
•Presidential Scholar