Spartans sign seven to NLIs

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State swimming and diving team has signed seven recruits, five swimmers and two divers, to National Letters of Intent, Spartans' head coach Sage Hopkins announced Monday.
The seven, all freshman, include Brooke Hammond, Michaela McLean, Kayla Nakamoto, Shannon Slaught and Haley Smith who will swim for the Spartans in fall 2011 and Christine Rommel and Krista Walton who will dive for Sparta.
"There is no question that this is the top recruiting class in school history," Hopkins said.
Hammond, a product of Roseville (Calif.) High School finished in second place in the 100 and 200 freestyle in the 2010 Sierra Foothill League Championships.  She swims for the California Capital Aquatics in Roseville and her best 100 and 200 freestyle times are a 55.16 and 1:55.02 respectively.
"Brooke will help us in our middle-distance freestyle events right away," Hopkins said.  "She came out of the same club program I did, California Capital Aquatics, and has a bright future at San Jose State."
McLean, out of San Diego's Patrick Henry High School and the College Area Swim Team, swam a 57.17 in the 50 butterfly at the 2010 CIF San Diego D I Championships.  Her best backstroke times are a 27.56 in the 50 and a 57.27 in the 100.
 "Michaela is a very talented in the butterfly and backstroke," Hopkins said.  "She has already put up times that would place her in the top eight in our conference, so we expect her to contribute right away."
Another Roseville (Calif.) High School and California Capital Aquatics product, Nakamoto joins Hammond next year in San Jose.  She finished in second place at the 2010 Sierra Foothill League Championships in both the 100 fly (59.09) and 200 IM (2:11.90). 
 "Kayla is great in the butterfly," Hopkins stated.  "She will add immediate depth to our butterfly contingent and make an immediate impact for us.  She has already recorded times that would place her in the top eight in the WAC."
Slaught, a product of Bishop Diego High School in Santa Barbara, Calif., and the Santa Barbara Aquatics Club is a breaststroke and freestyle specialist.  In the 2010 CIF Finals she placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.60) and third in freestyle (25.03) in her division.
 "She has made tremendous improvements over the last six to 12 months," Hopkins said.  " She comes very highly recommended from her club coach Mark Warkentin who believes she is on the cusp of a real breakthrough."
Smith is a San Jose native who attends Archbishop Mitty High School and swims for the Santa Clara Swim Club.   Her best times this year include a 55.28 in the 100 freestyle, 59.20 in the 100 backstroke and 1:14.25 in the 100 breaststroke.
"Haley will add a lot of depth in our stroke events and has also put up times that are within the top-eight times in the WAC this year.  She is a very highly recommended local product."
Rommel and Walton are both the products of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School and Mission Viejo Nadadores Diving Team (MVNDT). They are both members of the MVNDT National Diving Team after qualifying for the Junior National Championships.
 "Both Christine and Haley are tremendous divers.  They were our top-two recruits and it is great to get them.  I expect both to make immediate impacts."