Dec. 15, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara head swimming coach Gregg Wilson has signed seven recruits to National Letters of Intent, it was announced recently. Three women swimmers have committed to the Gaucho swim program and four men swimmers have signed letters of intent.
"The addition of all of these swimmers will certainly help our team next year," Wilson said. "They are strong academically and each one will add their talents in much needed ways to our program. They will all have an impact next season."
On the women's side, Emily Stucky of Montrose, Colorado will provide much-needed depth and speed to the Gauchos' sprint events and relays. Micaela Velasquez, who hails from Valencia, Calif., enters UCSB as a middle distance-focused swimmer. Carissa Metcalf of Sacramento, Calif. rounds out the women's signees. Metcalf specializes in the breaststroke and sprint freestyle events.
The Gaucho men will welcome Chase Lemley of Clovis, Calif. to aid the sprint and middle distance freestyle events. Also signing on the men's side is Bob Hwang, a well-rounded swimmer who specializes in the butterfly but will also swim the individual medley and freestyle events. Christopher Leon of Walnut Creek, Calif. will add more depth to the breaststroke events and Andrew Barmann of Pasadena, Calif. rounds out the UCSB fall signing class. Barmann will swim the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle for the Gauchos.
The seven signees will be brought in to fill voids left by the three Gaucho seniors graduating next spring.
After a holiday hiatus, the UCSB swim teams will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 31 when they host West Virginia in a dual meet at Campus Pool. The meet, which was originally slated for a 1 p.m. start, will now begin at 2 p.m.