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CSU swimming team welcomes top-class athletes

Rams sign five athletes to the roster during National Letter of Intent early signing week.

Nov. 16, 2011

By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Erica Stock, Bailey Williamson, Felicia Gilson, Ariana Milone and Paige Greely, five high-school aquatics athletes at the top of their sport, signed National Letters of Intent this week during the early signing period.

They will join the CSU swimming and diving team in time for the 2012-13 season. Head Coach Chris Woodard made the announcement Wednesday.

The Rams have signed an impressive lineup for the pool.

Stock hails from Phoenix, Ariz., and dominates the pool. With records in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke and the 200 and 400 Individual Medley that rival Colorado State’s school records by milliseconds, Stock promises to be a commanding Ram. Stock has been a three-time state champion and All-American. Stock has already competed in the 2008 Olympic trials in the 200 Breaststroke. She plans on studying sports medicine come fall at CSU.

“Erica is an Olympic trials qualifier and an Arizona state champion,” Woodard said. “She will provide an immediate punch to our lineup in the breast and IM events. She will be a cornerstone for what we are trying to accomplish here at CSU. She is determined and she has top-level competitive experience. We expect her to make an immediate impact in the Mountain West and on the national level.”

Williamson, from Reno Nev., has excelled in the 200 Backstroke and 100 Butterfly at the high-school level. She qualified for sectionals and was a multiple event finalist at the state level. Williamson plans to join CSU with a major in math education.

“Bailey has made some changes with her training recently that are bringing positive results,” Woodard said. “She immediately fit our program’s vision and will bring versatility and depth to our team. Bailey is primed for a big year and we’re excited to have her in the Ram family.”

Gilson joins the team from Round Rock, Texas.  Voted her team’s Most Improved Athlete, she lead her school in the mid-distance freestyle and backstroke events. For her academic performance in the 2010-11 school year, Gilson was honored as a scholastic All-American. She plans on studying business at CSU.

“Felicia is long on potential and is just starting to make strides in her endurance work and underwater technique,” Woodard said. “We expect that she will be a major contributor in our mid-distance free and back events and will prove a valuable relay member. Her attitude and character in addition to her potential made her a must-have and a nice pickup for us.”

On boards, the Rams added two impressive athletes.

Milone, from The Woodlands, Texas, joins the diving program with a strong background in the 1- and 3-meter springboard events. At the 2011 spring and summer regionals, Milone placed second in her events. Milone had impressive dives, making the finals at the 2011 junior nationals and at the 2011 senior zone meet.

“Ariana is a strong springboard diver who will make an immediate impact on our team next season,” diving coach Kevin Witt said. “She has been competing nationally for her club team in Conroe, Texas, and has done very well at regional, zone, senior and national competitions over the past couple of years.  She continues to train regularly with her club team and coach John Lynch in Texas, and is continually improving her strong list of dives and her consistency.  We are very excited that Ariana has chosen to be a Ram in 2012!”

Greely comes to the Rams from Seattle, Wash. Greely has an impressive list of accomplishments in the 1- and 3-meter diving events as well as platform. With 442 points, she is a league and school record holder. This score was high enough to earn Greely All-America honors. Greely has already gained national recognition from the Amateur Athletic Union and has been a USA Zone qualifier in both 1- and 3-meter diving.

“Paige is a well-rounded diver that brings experience on both springboards as well as tower diving events,” Witt said. “She has been competing nationally for her club team in the Seattle area, and her coach Jim Southerland.  Paige will make an immediate impact on our team next year, and just recently won her Washington Class 3A state title in 1-meter diving.  We are excited to welcome Paige to our Ram family in 2012!”



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