Dec. 10, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The women are acquiring three new faces as of Fall 2006. Gregg Wilson had this to say of his new lady Gauchos, "These women will be joining a women's program that has made a significant improvement in the past year. We are looking for women who want to work and train hard, but also want to be part of a women's program that is committed to reaching the highest levels of the sport and I think we have certainly added some to our talent pool."
Courtney Bauer of Hayward, California, the younger sister of sophomore Gaucho swimmer Curtis Bauer will be joining the Gaucho program. She swims freestyle, 24.28 in the 50 free, 52.32 in the 100-yard and 1:54.76 in the 200-yard. She has made enormous improvements in the last year swimming for the Walnut Creek Aquabears under Mike Heaney. Her prep teammate includes a Gaucho freshman, Katy Freeman. Coach Naya on what Courtney will bring: "Like her older brother, Courtney is tall and explosive in the water. She loves to train which is always a plus in sprinters and we look forward to watching her improve as a Gaucho."
Nika Tayrien of Paradise Valley, Arizona will be joining the team as a middle distance freestyle swimmer. Her times include 53.41 in the 100-yard freestyle, 1:52.72 in the 200-yard freestyle and 4:29.31 in the 400-meter freestyle. Currently she swims for Jerry Olszewski who is known as an excellent distance and middle distance freestyle coach while being the age group coach for Chris Thompson, a bronze medalist from the Sydney Olympics. Her improvement from this summer and fall will help her to be an immediate impact on the freestyle events for the Gauchos, and her personality will add more energy to the program. Coach Kipp's take on Tayrien, "The women's team really enjoyed Nika on her visit and they felt that she was already one of their teammates, so signing her was not a huge surprise because the chemistry was awesome. I can't wait to see what she does next to our other middle distance swimmers."
The women also have signed Katie Ure from Orinda, California. She swims for Don and Ron Heidary for the Orinda Swim Club. She swam a 57.03 in the 100-yard butterfly as well as a1:54.78 in the 200-yard freestyle. Coach Gregg had this to say about Ure, "Talk about a sleeper, the girl is going to be a very good collegiate swimmer. As a water polo player she is a very gifted player and if you play water polo for four years, you are tough and if the Orinda coaches say that she will swim fast in college, there is no doubt in our minds that we found a diamond in the rough."