FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ swimming and diving recruiting class for 2011-12, which includes the addition of five newcomers, has been ranked No. 14 in the nation by Collegeswimming.com.
Head coach Jeff Poppell and his staff added Susanna White of Forest, Va.; Taylor Temple of Carrollton, Texas; Tera Bradham of Round Rock, Texas; Nicole Daniels of Valley Center, Kan.; and Allison Boyle of Columbia, Mo.
White is a versatile swimmer excelling in the individual medley, sprint freestyle and breaststroke events; Temple in the breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley events; Bradham in the backstroke, breaststroke and the individual medley; Daniels in the breaststroke; and Boyle in distance freestyle and breaststroke events.
"We are extremely excited about our incoming recruiting class," Poppell says. "To be recognized as having one of the top recruiting classes in the country is truly an honor. Our goal is to consistently be one of the top programs in the nation and we realize that this starts with recruiting. We feel we have a great group coming in to help us continue to excel among the best programs in the country, both in the pool and in the classroom."
Individually, White is ranked the 38th-best prospect in the nation. She recently competed at the YMCA National Championship and broke the YMCA national record in the 200 individual medley.
In addition to White’s individual ranking, Temple is ranked No. 83, Bradham No. 133, Daniels No. 144 and Boyle No. 171.
Boyle set school records in the 500 free and 400 free relay at Rock Bridge High School. White’s personal best is 50.90 seconds in the 100 free, and she won Virginia state championships in the 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle. Temple earned 12 All-America honors with her club team, set four school records at Hebron High School and won the Texas high school state championship in the 100 breaststroke. Daniels earned All-America honors at Wichita Northwest High, set five school records and won Kansas state titles in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Bradham set six Texas age group state records and earned All-America honors in the 100 breast, 200 individual medley and 200 medley relay.
Poppell’s club went 9-2 in 2011 and finished the year ranked No. 24 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Razorbacks won the Purdue Invitational, set seven school event records and placed 30 performances on the school’s all-time top five records lists.