July 25, 2008
University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving coach Tracy Ljone announced the addition of 14 newcomers for the 2008-09 season. Highlighting the signees are a trio of high school All-Americans Marissa Campbell, Jocelyn Colella and Ashlee Erickson. Campbell was a two time All-American at Albuquerque's Manzano high school and was named the 2008 Albuquerque Journal Female Athlete of the Year. Colella was a two time All-American at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. Erickson, the granddaughter of former Lobo Assistant Athletic Director Con Colbert, was an All-American diver at Plainwell High School in Plainwell, Mich.
"We have never had a recruiting class this big or this talented and it is extremely exciting," said Ljone. "Our staff worked very hard recruiting all of these student-athletes and we are thrilled at the results. Each and every swimmer and diver will add talent and depth to our team. It will be a completely new experience for everyone with so many new faces on the deck but it is an exciting time for our program."
Campbell attended Manzano High School in Albuquerque, where she became one of the most decorated female swimmers in state history. She was a two-time All-American in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, and the 50-yard freestyle at the prep level. Campbell also was a state champion in the 100-yard butterfly, 50-yard freestyle, and 100-yard freestyle, and twice in the 100-yard backstroke. She currently holds the state record in the 100-yard butterfly. Campbell is the only female in New Mexico history to win all eight events at the Albuquerque City Meet.
New Mexico finished the 2007-08 season with a 2-8 record, placing seventh at the Mountain West Conference Championships. The Lobos were impressive out of the pool posting a 3.50 team grade-point-average in the 2008 spring semester. It was the fourth straight semester the swimmers and divers recorded a program record g.p.a.
Also joining the Lobos:
|Name||Event||Hometown (Last School)|
|Brittany Anderson||Back/IM||The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS)|
|Aubrey Bush||Dive||Franktown, Colo. (Eaglecrest HS)|
|Marissa Campbell||Back/Fly||Albuquerque, N.M. (Manzano HS)|
|Jocelyn Colella||Back/IM||Austin, Texas (Westwood HS)|
|Maria Dudley||Distance Free||Overland Park, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)|
|Ashlee Erickson||Dive||Plainwell, Mich. (Plainwell HS)|
|Tonya Gramstad||Distance Free||Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville HS)|
|Megan Gugerty||Back/Free||Wildomar, Calif. (Elsinore HS)|
|Asala Halag||Breast||Sakhnin, Israel (Hof Hasharon)|
|Alyssa Higgs||Free||Soccoro, N.M. (Socorro HS)|
|Kelli Light||Back/Free||Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer HS)|
|Tesse Maciejko||Sprint Free||Gunnison, Colo. (Gunnison HS)|
|Nicole Peirce||Fly/Breast/IM||Ontario, Canada (Bayview Glen Upper School)|
|Erica Stuart||Back/IM||Richardson, Texas (J.J. Pearce HS)|
Brittany Anderson - Back/IM - The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS)
Texas Sectional Qualifier...Member of the 2008 State 200 Medley Relay team...Will swim backstroke and the individual medley for the Lobos.
Aubrey Bush - Dive - Franktown, Colo. (Eaglecrest HS)
High honors graduate from Eaglecrest High School in Franktown, Colo...Placed fourth at the 2008 Colorado High School State meet...Finished second in the 2008 Centennial League Conference...All-Conference in both diving and gymnastics in 2008...An age group national qualifier in 2007 and 2008.
Coach Sanchez on Aubrey Bush:
"Aubrey is new to diving and with her extensive gymnastics background I think she will reach new heights for UNM"
Marissa Campbell - Back/Fly - Albuquerque, N.M. (Manzano HS)
All-American in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, and the 50-yard freestyle at the prep level... State champion in the 100-yard butterfly, 50-yard freestyle, and 100-yard freestyle, and twice in the 100-yard backstroke...She currently holds the state record in the 100-yard butterfly...Swam for the Lobo Aquatic Club...Currently holds the Seniors record in the Long Course Meter 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, and 100 freestyle and Short Course yard 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly, and 100 individual medley...2008 Albuquerque Journal Female Winter Athlete of the Year.
Joceyln Colella - Back/IM - Austin, Texas (Westwood HS)
Swam for Westwood High School as well as Gold Swimming Club Team...2005-06 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American...2006 and 2007 High School All-American...Expected to compete in the backstroke and individual medley as a Lobo.
Maria Dudley - Distance Free - Overland Park, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
Swam for St. Thomas Aquinas High School and the Kansas City Blazers club team...Named to second team all-State in 2006 and 2007...Member of the 2007 Eastern Kansas League Championship team.
Ashlee Erickson - Dive - Plainwell, Mich. (Plainwell HS)
2008 All-American while competing for Plainwell High School...Placed second at the 2008 Michigan High School State Meet...Granddaughter of former Assistant Athletic director Con Colbert.
Coach Sanchez on Ashlee Erickson:
"Gabby is returning to diving after a few years off. I look forward to working with Gabby. She's a strong athlete with a strong will. I think the sky's the limit with her".
Tonya Gramstad - Distance Free - Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville HS)
2006-07 USA Swimming Academic All-American...Swam for the Razorback Aquatic Club...Sectional qualifier and club team record holder in the 200-yard, 400-yard, and 800-yard freestyle, the 200-yard breaststroke, and the 200-yard individual medley...Recipient of the Heil Mile Award from Arkansas Swimming.
Megan Gugerty - Back/Free - Wildomar, Calif. (Elsinore HS)
Attended Elsinore High School and swam for the MESA Aquatics club team...2006 and 2007 CIF Sectional Division Qualifier...Expected to compete in the sprint freestyle and backstroke.
Asala Halag - Breast - Sakhnin, Israel (Hof Hasharon)
One of the top breaststroke swimmers in Israel...Attended Hof Hasharon High School...Placed first in the 200 breaststroke and second in the 100 breaststroke at the 2005 Maacabi Games...Will be swimming breaststroke for the Lobos.
Kelli Light - Back/Free - Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer HS)
Swam for Lewis-Palmer High School and has been a sectional qualifier since spring of 2005...Holds individual age group record for USA team, the Air Force Academy Falfins...Holds the high school record for the 100-yard backstroke and as a member of the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Tesse Maciejko - Sprint Free - Gunnison, Colo. (Gunnison HS)
Was a state qualifier in both swimming and track and field for Gunnison High School...Will compete in the sprint freestyle events for the Lobos.
Nicole Peirce - Fly/Breast/IM - Ontario, Canada (Bayview Glen Upper School)
Swam butterfly, breaststroke, and individual medley for Bayview Glen Upper School...Achieved Canadian Olympic Trial standard in the 100-meter butterfly...Competed in the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trial meet.
Erica Stuart - Back/IM - Richardson, Texas (J.J. Pearce HS)
Swam for the City of Richardson club team...2007 USA Swimming sectional qualifier...2006 and 2007 High School state qualifier...member of National Honor Society...Expected to compete in the backstroke and individual medley events.