Swimming And Diving Signs Six Newcomers

DENTON (5/23/06) - The North Texas women’s swimming and diving team signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. For the 2006-07 season, the Mean Green will add Katie Lowry (Arlington, TX), Alicia Hale (Schertz, TX), Emily Floyd (Sugarland, TX), Tiffany Graham (Odessa, TX), Bailey Devine (Farmers Branch, TX) and Nicole Leslie (Alvin, TX).

Katie Lowry is a transfer from Southern Illinois University and attended Martin H.S. in Arlington, TX. At Southern Illinois, she was a conference champion in the 400 IM, a runner-up in 500 Freestyle and was all-conference for two years. In high school, Lowry was a four-time All-American, first team all-state performer and state finalist. She was also a four-year all-area performer and was named all-region and all-district swimmer of the year. She was also named a Wendy’s High School Heisman Nominee.

Alicia Hale, from Samuel Clemens H.S., holds five school records in the 500 Freestyle, 100 and 200 Breaststroke and 200 IM. She was also named district female swimmer of the year.

Emily Floyd attended Lamar Consolidate H.S. where she was a state bronze medalist, team MVP in 2005 and 2006 and most improved in 2003. She was also a regional and district medalist, and a TAAF record holder in 100 and 200 Freestyle.

Tiffany Graham, from Odessa Permian H.S., set six school records in the 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 and 400 Freestyle Relay, 200 Individual Medley and 200 Medley Relay. She was named most valuable swimmer her freshman and sophomore years and was a three-time district champion. She was also a regional champion as a junior and a state qualifier.

Bailey Devine attended R.L. Turner H.S. where she placed first in districts and regionals for women’s one-meter diving. She also was a semi-finalist at state.

Nicole Leslie, from Alvin H.S., holds records in the 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 and 400 Freestyle Relay and was first team all-state in the 50 Freestyle.

The North Texas women’s swimming and diving team finished fifth at the Sun Belt Conference Championship this past season. The Mean Green introduced Joe Dykstra as its new head coach last month.




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