Nov. 21, 2012
Abigail Wheeler, Kaela McKee and Lindsey Eaglestead are all set to join the Lobo swimming and diving family next year.
Abigail Wheeler will come to Albuquerque from Butte High School in Butte, Mont. A 2010, 2011 and 2012 All-State Selection, Wheeler was team captain during her senior year of high school and was the 2011 and 2012 Women's Swimmer of the Year. She swims the 100 and 200 meter butterfly as well as the 200 and 400 yard individual medley and the 100 yard back. In addition to her success in the water, Wheeler is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honors Society.
"Abigail is a flyer and a very talented swimmer," said Kono. "She is also a great student with a 4.0 GPA. Her passion for school and swimming is one of the best of the incoming athletes. We are very excited about both the academic and athletics skills she will bring to our team."
Kale McKee of Jackson High School will also provide a spark to the Lobo swimming and diving program. The native of Mill Creek, Vir., is a two-time recipient of the Jackson HS MVP award (2011 and 2012) who finished second at state in the 100 yard backstroke. She was a 2012 All-Western Conference First-Team Selection in the backstroke and 200 medley relay. A trumpet player who played in symphonic band, McKee spent all four years of high school on the Honor Roll and was a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American for 2011-2012 and a 2012 Everett School District Fall Scholar-Athlete.
"Kaela is very new to competitive swimming, however she is already getting close to be top sprinters in 2013 class," said Kono. "She is a very enthusiastic person and has great goals for next few years. Her backstroke and freestyle will help us immediately for our relay and individual events."
The third Lobo to sign an NLI is Lindsey Englestead of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. She is the Nevada State record holder in the 200 yard breaststroke and her team has been the state champions for the past three years.
"Lindsey is one of the most talented high school breaststrokers out there. She just missed the US Olympic Trials passed summer and I believe greatly in her focus and passion for swimming. She will bring us great power for the next few years."
The Lobos return to action on Dec. 15 when they travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the UNLV Invitational.