Coaches scout possible swimming recruits

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    By Brandon Olson

    Every year BYU swimming and diving coaches look forward to the chance to see Utah”s best swimmers and divers compete at the Utah State High School Championships.

    The BYU women”s swimming head coach Stan Crump watched his top recruits, Carly Smith and Ashley Kleinman, meet expectations last weekend during the Utah State High School 3A and 4A Swimming Championships at the Richard”s Building swimming pool.

    Smith swims the breaststroke and IM events for American Fork High School and was a finalist in the 100-breast and 200-IM last year at the 4A swim meet. This year she is a U.S. Zone and Sectional Championships qualifier.

    Kleinman swims in the freestyle and butterfly events for Lone Peak High School and is a 4A high school All-American in the 100-fly and U.S. Sectionals and Jr. Nationals qualifier and finalist.

    Both Smith and Kleinman, who normally swim together on the HAST swim club, helped their teams to a first and second place finish at the meet, respectively.

    Along with helping their teams to top finishes, both swimmers did well in their own events.

    Kleinman won in the finals of the 100-fly and the 50-free while Smith swam well but did not win her events.

    However, Crump was impressed with Smith”s performance at the meet. In addition to her normal events, Smith also swam the 500-free. Crump believes her coaches put her there to win points for her team.

    “I thought she swam great,” Crump said. “She didn”t win any of her events. But she helped her team to win.”

    Crump said these recruits will add depth to the women”s swim team next season, especially in the butterfly events, in which the Cougars have had difficulty this season.

    “With these swimmers we have really helped our team in the butterfly events, which is a need for us,” Crump said in a press release in November. “All of them are solid academically and great student-athletes.

    “Ashley swims the butterfly, which is one of our needs this year. I love her versatility. She can swim any freestyle event from the 50 to 1650 well and is not afraid of any of them.

    “Smith will immediately add depth to our stroke group and has the talent to help us in the middle distance and distance freestyle events.”

    Crump also spent the weekend watching some swimmers that he has not already recruited. Because of high school rules, he was not able to talk about those he was still scouting.

    He looks for a couple of aspects in the swimmers coming out of high school, mainly their technique and the training they have had previous to college swimming.

    Crump is hopeful for some quality swimmers to replace some star BYU swimmers graduating this year, such as Tamber McAllister, Nikki Xanthos, Monica Ferrell, Jamie Lambert and Lyndi Juvan.

    Men”s head coach Tim Powers was also present at the meet, watching several swimmers that the Utah high schools have to offer to his successful swimming program.

    Along with Crump, Powers also looks for speed and quality of character in swimmers coming to him from other schools.

    Coaches Powers and Crump will have another chance to watch more high school athletes compete again Friday and Saturday during the 5A championships at the RB swimming pool.

    Diving coach Keith Russell will also have a chance to watch Utah”s top divers compete Thursday at the Utah State diving competition.

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