Kansas Swimming and Diving Signs Nine Athletes for 2010-2011

Nov. 16, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Kansas head swimming and diving coach Clark Campbell announced that the Jayhawks have signed nine student-athletes to letters of intent for the 2010-11 season. Heather Clark (Lawrence, Kan.), Shelby Cox (Maumelle, Ark.), Malia Johnson (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Alison Moffit (Flower Mound, Texas), Kaila Lee (Eugene, Ore.), Alison Lusk (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Sara Snow (Springfield, Mo.), Morgan Sharp (Houston, Texas) and Kara Stranski (Portland, Ore.) will all compete for the Crimson and Blue during the next competitive season.

“All nine new Jayhawks are good athletes and good students, but they are even better people, so it’s going to be a lot of fun working with them for the next few years,” Campbell said.

Clark will be looking to compete in backstroke, butterfly and individual medley events. She was a Junior National Qualifier in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley. She led her swim team at Lawrence Free State High School to the 2009 team state championship and broke both the state and school record in the 400-yard freestyle event.

Cox was an Arkansas High School State Champion in the 100 backstroke and the 50-yard freestyle. She also broke the Arkansas state record in the 100 backstroke during her junior season and was a USA Swimming Academic All-American.

Johnson was a Senior National Qualifier, a Junior National Qualifier and a Junior National Finalist. She was a top four finisher every year at the state championships in Arizona and was an Academic All-American.

Moffit is a two-time All-American and a Texas State Championship qualifier in the 200 IM, 200 freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Lee was a Junior National Qualifier, a U.S. Open Qualifier and a World Trial Qualifier. She was a four-time high school state champion in both the 50 and 100 free in Oregon. She is also the district record holder in both events.

Lusk is a twelve-time All-American and a two-time Academic All-American. She is the national record holder in the 200 medley relay and a national record holder in the 200 freestyle relay. She was also an Olympic Trial Qualifier in the 200 breaststroke.

Snow holds Glendale High School’s backstroke record and was a member of the record-holding 200 medley and 200 free relay teams. She is a three-time high school All-American and a member of both the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America Team and the Missouri Valley Swimming All-America Team.

Sharp was a Junior National Qualifier, a Short Course National Qualifier and a US Open Qualifier. She was a member of the 2008-09 Scholastic All-America Team and is a Gulf Coast record holder in several events.

Stranski was a five-time high school All-American and an eight-time top finalist at the Oregon State Championships. She was the Mount Hood Conference Swimming Athlete of the Year in 2009 and a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.

Quotes from Kansas Head Coach Clark Campbell

On the new recruiting class:

“This recruiting class was something that our recruiting coordinator, Jen Fox has been working on for about two years. She did a great job. All nine are really good student-athletes, but they’re even better people, so it’s going to be a lot of fun working with them for the next few years.”

On Heather Clark:

“It is always great getting local athletes to stay at KU. We’ve known about Heather for years and we’re excited that she will be staying in town for school. She’s really developing in the butterfly and backstroke. She will improve a lot and is one of the better underwater kickers in the Midwest. We will start there, then make her better at the surface.”

On Shelby Cox:

“She’s another up-and-coming backstroker. I had the opportunity to watch Shelby race this summer at sectionals in Missouri and was really blown away by her approach to competition. It will be good for her, as a backstroker, to train with Iuliia (Kuzhil) in Iuliia’s final year. Shelby can be an elite-level backstroker, and being able to train with Iuliia will really good for her in her freshman year. I see her being a successful backstroker both in the Big 12 and in the NCAA Championships during her career at KU.”

On Malia Johnson:

“We’re very excited about Malia. She will be able to fill in some areas where we need help right away. She comes from a great program, BEST Swim Club, in Arizona and is coming off of a state championship win in the 100 butterfly a few weeks ago. It will be exciting to see how she progresses while she’s here.”

On Alison Moffit:

“She is one of the best racers I’ve had the pleasure of watching. She is tenacious with a capital ‘T’. She is middle distance freestyler who will come in and, like Malia, fill some areas that need filled right away. She is an excellent trainer and will contribute right of the bat. She is an outstanding young lady and I love to watch her race.”

On Kaila Lee:

“Kaila is going to be very good. She has big goals in her senior year of coming in under 50 seconds in the 100 freestyle, which for a high school girl is very good. She has goals in college beyond NCAA swimming. She wants to prepare for the Olympic Trials in 2012. She is a good freestyler, but she can also compete in butterfly and backstroke. I see her being one of the best swimmers in the Big 12 while she’s here.”

On Alison Lusk:

“She is one of the premiere breaststrokers and chose KU over some really big programs. We’re really excited about having her. She comes from another really good high school and club program in Chattanooga. She is an Olympic Trials Qualifier. When we lost Danielle (Herrmann) last year because she graduated, we were still hunting for a breaststroker to fill her shoes. As a junior in high school, Alison had times comparable to Danielle’s, so we’re very fortunate to have her at Kansas. She has a really bright future.”

On Sara Snow:

“She’s a really dynamic swimmer underwater. She’s one of the best underwater kickers in our area. She’s a really talented backstroker and can do the individual medley events. In a year or two, I think she will be a scorer at the Big 12 level.”

On Morgan Sharp:

“Morgan comes in with really good credentials as well. She’s a middle distance freestyler and she will have an immediate impact in an area we need help with. She’s a high school All-American and comes from a program where her coach, Coach Clayton Cagle, used to be the Assistant Coach at Kansas. It’s great to get an athlete from Clayton’s program.”

On Kara Stranksi:

“Kara is a very dynamic sprinter, primarily in freestyle and butterfly. College swimming has a lot of sprinting opportunities and Kara is an amazing sprinter. I’m really impressed with her ability to race and she is a great competitor. She rises to the level of competition, so I see her really improving a lot while she’s at Kansas.”