Kansas Swimming and Diving Adds Seven to Fall Roster

June 18, 2009


Kansas Swimming and Diving Coach Clark Campbell announced Thursday that the Jayhawks have added seven student-athletes to the 2009-10 roster. Christy Cash (Lenexa, Kan.), Taylor Ilten (Edina, Minn.), Monica Johannessen (Haugesund, Norway), Ana Kuehler (Overland Park, Kan.), Madi Landi (Baton Rouge, La.), Lindsey Legako (Winfield, Kan.), and Erin Savas (Midland, Texas) have committed to competing for the Crimson and Blue during the upcoming season.

“We’re really happy with our signing class,” said Campbell, who also received six commitments last fall.

“I think Eric (Elliott) and Jen (Fox) did a great job recruiting this spring. We brought in a lot of great talent for the upcoming season.”

Cash, Ilten and Savas will boost the Kansas Diving Team this fall. Savas is an 11-time Junior National Champion and was a 2008 World Cup participant for the nation of Cyprus. Cash has competed with the Jayhawk Club Diving Team for several years with Diving Coach Eric Elliott.

Johannssen, Kuehler and Legako will all compete in the sprint freestyle events, while Landi will swim the breastroke and individual medley events. Johannssen has competed with the Norwegian National Team in international meets. She will participate in the Norwegian Championships in July.

Kuehler and Legako were both state finalists at the Kansas State High School Championships this season.

Coach Campbell on his recruiting class:

Cash: “(Diving Coach) Eric (Elliott) has a really strong feeling that she is going to improve a lot while with us at KU. I’ve gotten to watch her throughout the years with the Club Diving Team and I think she’s got a lot of untapped ability.”

Ilten: “Taylor is another untapped talent that Eric (Elliott) has a great feeling about. He has a penchant for developing kids that other Big 12 schools may overlook. We think she will definitely be scoring points for us in the Big 12 championship by the end of the year.”

Johannssen: “I’m really excited about Monica. I think she’s going to be a future NCAA qualifier and a great asset to our team.”

Kuehler: “Ana’s a real diamond in the rough. We’re really excited about having her with us. Her best is still down the road, and she’s going to be very good at this level.”

Landi: “She comes from a great program in Baton Rouge, coached by Billy Newport. Madi is really excited about swimming in college. She took a little time off in high school, but now she’s really focused and ready for the start of a great college career.”

Legako: “Lindsey is another untapped talent. She comes from a really small town, so I think when she gets here and gets to participate in the different types of training and dry land that we have, she’s going to improve a lot.”

Savas: “Erin is an Olympic Trials Finalist, which makes her a great asset to our team. She has participated in qualifying for the Olympic Games and I think she’ll bring a lot to our diving program.”