FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas head swimming and diving coach Jeff Poppell announced the addition of two swimmers for the 2012-13 season, Shelby Cox and Nina Drolc.
Cox, a Little Rock, Ark., native, is transferring to the Razorbacks from the University of Kansas as a rising junior. She has been a member of the Arkansas Dolphins swim club under coach Matt Adams. Coach Poppell commented that Cox should contribute to the program with versatility in the pool and a strong personality outside of it.
“Shelby has an enormous amount of potential and can be a valuable contributor to us in the years to come in the sprint freestyle and backstroke events as well as our relays,” Poppell said. “She is an extremely hard worker, smart, and coachable and is very excited to take the next step in her swimming career.”
Drolc hails from Velenje, Slovenia, and should contribute to the Razorbacks as they continue to grow in sprint events. The Razorback swimming and diving team has featured Olympians and a number of athletes who have excelled at the international level, and Drolc fits that mold.
“Nina is one of the top sprinters in Slovenia and will immediately help us in both the sprint freestyle events as well as our sprint relays,” Poppell said. “She has an enormous amount of international experience at the highest level including the European Championships and FINA World Championships. There is no doubt that she will be an instrumental part in our team’s success over the next four years. Nina is also a very strong student and fits perfectly within the team dynamic that we have built here at Arkansas.”
The additions of Cox and Drolc make a total of 11 signees that Poppell will welcome to next year’s team: Shelby Bartlett, Hannah Bortnick, Cox, Drolc, Lyndsie Gibson, Rebekah Harvey, Rachel Kessler, Anna Mayfield, Madeline Monroe, Rachel Stoehr and Mary Turner. Shana Lim, who sat out the 2011-12 season after transferring from the University of Idaho, will also compete for Arkansas for the first time in 2012-13.
“We are extremely excited about our incoming swimmers and divers for next year,” Poppell said. “I believe this is the strongest recruiting class that we have ever had since I’ve been at Arkansas. In addition to the 11 talented signees we have in this class, we will also gain the services of redshirt swimmer Tera Bradham and transfer swimmer Shana Lim who had to sit out all of last year. Shana is the former WAC Champion in 100 Back and a 2011 NCAA Championship Qualifier. This year’s women’s team will easily be the strongest team that we have ever put together at the University of Arkansas. “