Spring NLI Signings began Wednesday
April 11, 2007
Colorado State University signed seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI) on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period. Women's Basketball inked one player, while Cross Country, Swimming and Diving, and Water Polo each signed two student-athletes.
Colorado State Head Women's Basketball Coach Jen Warden announced today that Lauren Young has signed a National Letter of Intent on the first day of the spring signing period. Young, a standout player from Edina High School in Edina, Minn., will join the Rams for the 2007-08 season.
Young becomes the sixth player to sign with the Rams for the upcoming season, joining Elle Queen (6-0, F, Excelsior, Minn./Minnetonka HS), Whitney Wood (6-2, F, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Santa Margarita HS), Danielle Albus (5-9, G, Aumsville, Ore./Cascade HS), Bonnie Barbee (5-8, G, Mesa, Ariz./Red Mountain HS) and Zoi Simmons (5-6, Guard, Fontana, Calif./ IMG Academy (Fla.)) who signed letters of intent during the fall signing period.
Lauren Young (6-2, Power Forward, Edina, MN/Edina H.S.)
Young, a 6-2 power forward, amassed 1,052 points in her high school career for Edina, shooting at a 41 percent clip from the field, while dishing out 69 assists, 161 steals and 578 rebounds (230 offensive) in 90 career games.
As a senior, she averaged 16.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest en route to her second consecutive All-Classic Lake Conference selection. She was also selected to the all-state team and was a candidate for Ms. Minnesota Basketball. Young earned all-tournament honors by leading Edina to a third place finish in the state tournament after posting career-highs of 32 points and 14 rebounds in the third place game against Champlin Park. She was also selected to the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association All Star Team and was recently chose as a Minnesota Timberwolves Top-Five Player and recognized at halftime of a game.
Warden on Young: "Lauren brings tremendous athleticism in a long 6-2 frame. Her ability is impressive and her upside is downright scary. We couldn't be happier to welcome Lauren to the Ram family."
Colorado State cross country coach Bryan Berryhill today announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Both Allison Gohl and Lauren Kleppin will enroll at Colorado State in the fall of 2007.
Allison Gohl (Distance, Westminster, CO/Northglenn HS)
Gohl finished 3rd in the 3200 meters at the 2006 Colorado 5A State Track and Field Championships and was 4th at 2006 Colorado State 5A Cross Country Championships. She then finished the season very strong by placing 13th at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championships and 14th at the USA Junior Cross-Country Championships.
Berryhill on Gohl: "Allison has all the tools required to be a very successful collegiate distance runner," stated Berryhill. "She has the work ethic and mental toughness that is required to excel at the Division I level. She's the kind of person that when you meet her you just know she will be successful. We're just thrilled to be adding such a tremendous athlete, student, and person to the Ram family."
Lauren Kleppin (Distance, Milwaukee, WI/South Milwaukee HS)
Kleppin was the Wisconsin High School Division 1 State Champion in cross country in 2006, posting an undefeated season until she finished 22nd at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Cross Country Championship.
Berryhill on Kleppin: "We're very excited to add someone of Lauren's level to our program," Berryhill said. "Lauren is a tremendous athlete, person and student. She is a proven winner and will bring that winning attitude to the Division I level. We're looking for great things from her at Colorado State."
Swimming and Diving
Colorado State Swimming and Diving Coach John Mattos announced today the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Michelle Price and Nicole Lynch will join the Rams for the 2007-08 season.
Michelle Price (Backstroke, Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre High School)
Mattos on Price: "Her third place finish in the 100 backstroke at this year's 5A High School Swimming and Diving Championships served notice that Michelle is just beginning to find her niche in the upper echelons of the swimming world. She will have an immediate impact on next year's team."
Nicole Lynch (Breaststroke and Sprint Freestyle, Phoenix, Ariz. /Xavier College Prep.)
Mattos on Lynch: "Nicole has the potential to be all-conference in the breaststroke and sprint freestyle events in her first year at Colorado State. She is an excellent student with a lot of speed."
Water PoloColorado State women's water polo coach John Mattos announced that Orsolya Nadasdy of Columbus, Ohio and Andrea Victoria of Plantation, Fla., have signed National Letters of Intent to play with the Rams beginning in the 2008 season.
Nadasdy will graduate from Upper Arlington High School where she excelled in both swimming and water polo. She competed in the prestigious Top 40 Tournament in Long Beach, Calif., last November.
"Orsi brings a very strong arm and legs to the future of the program," said Mattos. "She'll be utilized as a driver and will bring international experience to the pool."
Victoria, who will graduate from St. Thomas Aquinas this spring, comes to Colorado State after playing on the Venezuelan National Team.
"Andrea is an excellent swimmer and has superb knowledge of the game," commented Mattos. "She can play any position and will greatly improve our chances to jump into the Top 20 in the nation next season."
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