ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico Swimming and Diving Head Coach Kunio Kono and his staff announced seven athletes who will begin their journey with the Lobo family this upcoming season.
Aundrea Scott, Amelie Braul, and Emily McGill are the most recent signees who will be joining New Mexico for the 2014-2015 season.
Aundrea Scott hails from Grapevine, Texas and is a graduate from Grapevine High School. She comes to UNM after being awarded (Grapevine) Girl Diver of the Year for the 7-5A Division. In 2011, she qualified in the USA Age Group Nationals on the 1-meter, 3-meter, and platform springboard events. She dove two consecutive years (2012 and 2013) in the USA Regionals and USA Zone Qualifier. In 2013 at the USA Regionals she placed 5th on platform. Her experience is extended as Scott has also competed in the USA Regionals, Texas Regionals 5A.
Aundrea Scott was a part of the GC Diving club team under Coach Krista Klein.
Head diving coach Julie Weddle says, “We are really excited for Aundrea to join the Lobo family. Her spirit, dedication, and level of experience with diving will be a strong tribute to next year’s team. She is an outstanding platform diver and will be a strong contender in the MW conference.”
Amelie Braul is one of six other international athletes on the Lobo roster. Braul is from Hanover, Germany and finished at the Ricarda-Huch-Schule secondary school. She competed in the German National Long Course Championships from 2010 until 2014.
In 2010, she placed second in the 50-meter freestyle. In 2011, she took third-place in the 50-meter freestyle. In 2012, she reclaimed second-place in the 50-meter freestyle. She was also nominated for the Junior European Championships in Antwerp the same year where she took 17th place in the 100-meter freestyle and 12th place in the 50-meter freestyle. Most recently, during her 2014 season Braul took a first-place title in the 4x100 mixed freestyle relay.
Emily McGill stands as another international athlete to join New Mexico’s team as she is a native from Lower Hut, New Zealand and a transfer from the University of Wellington.
McGill was a member of the Wellington High Performance Center for two years—this was one of two high performance centres in the country of New Zealand. She was also a member of the New Zealand team to compete in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia in July 2013.
She has received numerous awards as she has won medals at the New Zealand Open Nationals since 2011 and was also a winner of New Zealand Age Group titles every year since she was 9 to 18 years old.
Emily McGill was a part of the Capital Swim Club under Coach Gary Hurring.
Rachel Colman was recruited in the fall by Coach Kono and the swimming and diving staff. She is a native from Allen, Texas and graduated from Allen High School. She made history at her high school as she was the first to qualify as All-American. She was also the first diver to qualify and compete at the State Championships where she placed 7th in 2013 and 8th during her 2014 season.
Her list of accomplishments proceeds as she was the 2012 and 2013 Allen High School Diver of the Year. In 2013, she received the All-State Award.
“Rachel continues to thrive out of the pool as well, being active in her church, and helping out in the community. We are extremely excited to have her carry these tributes to the Lobo family,” says Julie Weddle.
Colman dove for the Mustang club team under Suns Coach Andrew Serie.
Celine Bertrand, Morgan Ginnis, and Madison Burns are three other athletes who were recruited and announced during the fall for a sum of seven new Lobos who will be competing in the 2014-2015 season.