Roth Adds Four To Round Out 2018 Signing Class
Mean Green Bringing In 12 Signees
DENTON - The North Texas swimming and diving team finalized its 2018 signing class with the addition of four swimmers, head coach Brittany Roth announced Tuesday. The newest additions bring the total to 12 signees.
“I’m really excited to round out our talented incoming class,” Roth said. “Bringing in these four will add even more excitement for the future of the program.”
Carmen Botha, Afrikaans Höer Meisieskool, Pretoria, South Africa
Botha swam for Afrikaans Höer Meisieskool under head coach Lize Bloem. A National Age Group Champion for the past 12 years, she has been a member of the South African Junior National Team since she was 13. At the 2016 South African Olympic Trials, Botha took seventh in the 400 individual medley and 10th in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke. She competes for Tuks Swim Club under head coach Rocco Meiring.
“Carmen adds a lot of depth in our individual medley events, and her versatility will certainly help the team in backstroke and breaststroke events,” Roth said. “I’m excited to bring her into the program and working with her not only in her short-term goals but as she prepares for Tokyo in 2020.”
Donya Hamed, Taylor High School, Katy, Texas
Hamed was a three-year letterwinner for Taylor High School under head coach Matt Apple. In 2017, she was District 19-6A champion in the 500 freestyle with a personal-best time of 5:04.73 and in the 400 freestyle relay (3:34.32). A native of Egypt, Hamed was the top swimmer in the 200 butterfly in her home country before moving to the U.S. She competes for the FLEET Swim Team under head coach Jim Bocci.
“Donya is an up-and-coming athlete that will certainly add depth to our team in multiple events,” Roth said. “She brings an energy that lifts others around her and that is exactly what I look for when it comes to our student-athletes.”
Bryanna Vasquez, Clements High School, Sugar Land, Texas
A three-year letterwinner for Clements High School under head coach Brian Russow, Vasquez earned Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-State honors as a sophomore after helping the Rangers to an eighth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.26) at the 2016 Texas 6A State Championships. The 23rd-ranked swimmer in the state, she won the B final of the 200 freestyle (1:52.29) at the state championship in 2016. Vasquez competes for First Colony Swim Team, Inc., under head coach Pete Wright.
“Bryanna will definitely fill a gap left by Isabelle Morris in freestyle events,” Roth said. “I love the energy Bryanna brings and her team-oriented mindset.”
Altaira Wallquist, Lake Travis High School, Austin, Texas
Wallquist was a three-year letterwinner for Lake Travis High School under head coach Dean Lackey. A two-time state finalist in the one-meter dive, she placed 12th in the 2018 Texas 6A State Championships with a personal-best score of 375.50. In 2017, Wallquist took 14th at the state championship with a score of 349.80. She holds the school record in the three-meter event after taking third with a score of 373.65 at the 2015 TISCA South Zone Championships. Wallquist competes for Longhorn Aquatics under head coach Mike Laitala.
“The vision Mark Murdock has for Altaira’s potential will have the divers as a consistent contender at the Conference USA Championship in the coming years,” Roth said. “I look forward to watching her grow as she trains with our team.”