DENTON (6/17/05) -The North Texas women’s swimming & diving team signed five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, announced head coach Mona Nyheim-Canales. For the 2005-06 season, the Mean Green will add Embry Clifton (McKinney, TX), Alesha Olesen (Kingwood, TX), Lauren Liston (Charleston, SC), Morgan Kohutek (San Antonio, TX) and Christina Hammervold (Sugarland, TX).
Embry Clifton, who attended McKinney High School, was regional champion and district diving champion in 2005. She was also district diving champion, first-team all-state, regional runner-up and a bronze medalist at Texas 4A State Diving in 2004. Embry received a first-state medal for McKinney North and became a McKinney North record holder.
Alesha Olesen, from Kingwood High School, was a Scholastic All-American and All-American in swimming. She is the school relay record holder and lettered in the 100 back, 100 fly and 200 medley relay. Olesen has been to the US Open and Juniors as part of the relay.
Lauren Liston, who attended Bishop England High School, qualified five times for the Senior Sectional Level and graduated with academic honor roll awards. In 2002, she was one of 10 athletes chosen to train in Colorado at the Olympic Training Center for swimming.
Morgan Kohutek, from San Antonio Christian High School, was a state winner in the 100 breaststroke and placed second in the 200 IM in 2003. She lettered four times for the varsity swim team, which won states in 2002 and placed third in 2003.
Christina Hammervold, a sophomore transfer from Syracuse University, is Stephen F. Austin High School's all-time record holder in the 100 breaststoke, 500 freestyle, and 200 IM. She became the team record holder in the 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke. The Sugarland, Texas native received the academic excellence award for 2002-03 and 2003-04.
The North Texas women’s swimming & diving team finished fifth out of nine teams at the 2004 Sun Belt Championships.