Nov. 20, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA - LMU Swimming inked a pair of High School All-American swimmers, Head Coach Bonnie Adair announced today. Kyla Dahlquist and Tammy Choy both signed National Letters of Intent to join the Loyola Marymount swimming program in the fall of 2008.
Dahlquist (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista High School), a 2007 High School All-American and Scholastic All-American, is a Butterfly and Freestyle specialist covering the range of Freestyle events from sprint to middle distance. Her 100 Butterfly (57.07), 200 Freestyle (1:52.22) and 500 Freestyle (5:01.29) times are well below the current LMU program records and her 100 Freestyle (52.2) time is within striking range. Dahlquist also swam for Club Coach Nick Fraser-Smith and the Colorado Stars. Speaking about Dahlquist, Adair said, "Kyla is a very versatile swimmer and we will use her in a variety of different events throughout our season. She not only will add to our depth in the individual Freestyle and Butterfly races, she will be extremely valuable in all five of the relay races that are part of the NCAA format."
Choy (Millbrae, Calif./Mills High School) specializes in Backstroke and Individual Medley races, achieving High School All-American status in the 200 IM in 2007. Her current times in both the 200 IM (2:05.85) and 400 IM (2:31.46) are well under the current LMU program records. She also will come in with a 200 Backstroke time (2:04.02) close to the program record time set in 2007 by PCSC Swimmer of the Year Lauren Mathewson and will fill the void in the Backstroke events left by Mathewson's graduation last spring. In addition, Choy swam with current Lion Rebecca Plume for the Burlingame Aquatics Club. "Tammy doesn't have a weak stroke, which is why she is such a great IMer. More importantly, she continues to drop her times in all four of the strokes comprising the IM, so her IM times should continue to drop as well." Adair said. "From what I have seen over the last three years since I've been following her career, she is `untapped' and should have an exciting collegiate career here at LMU."
"I am excited for the opportunity to coach both Tammy and Kyla who are just coming into their prime, yet are already performing closed to National level times. They both have the potential to perform at that level during their four years at LMU. More importantly, both girls are exceptional students and share the same core values that we promote here at LMU. They are a perfect fit with the other student athletes in our program who are as excited as I am that Kyla and Tammy will be joining us next year."
LMU is currently taking a hiatus from competition before returning to the water on January 5 when it hosts UC San Diego in a 12 p.m. meet at Burns Aquatics Center.