Courtesy: Colorado State Athletics

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – With a final wish list for this recruiting class, Colorado State Swimming and Diving Instructor Christopher Woodard found four high school swimmers who fit the bills perfectly, all of whom signed Letters their National Goal to become Desh for the next four seasons.

Woodard and his staff were looking specifically for sprinters as well as competitors who could attack the individual mix, leading them to Ashlyn Hembree, Legha O’Connor, Azalea Shepherd and Alexis Trietley. The state of Colorado will graduate seven seniors from a roster which has already scored a 13-0 double to start the season, restoring the school record for double wins in a single season.

“Our staff knew we had to handle some of the sprint and IM events with a talented seniors class on the way out,” Woodard said. “We believe we have reached the backbone of our team for the next four years with these young girls.”

Ashlyn Hembree | Richmond, Texas | George Ranch High School

Hembree, who trains with the First Colony Swimming Team under Pete Wright, comes to the Rams as a Futures qualifier and Junior Nationals relay performer. She has competed one season for George Ranch High School, ranking eighth as a junior in the 200 mixed individual yards, earning academic honors across the district. She will bring dexterity to the team, holding the personal best of 2: 05.59 in 200 IM, 51.99 in 100 free and 2: 20.64 in 200 kicks. She intends to graduate in Business / Marketing.

Woodard says: “We identified Ashly very early in the recruitment process as an athlete who possessed the skills we needed. Not only was her list of fly, chest and IM events appreciated, but her ability to race early was something we coveted. And her visit this summer sealed the deal as we could see the passion she had for her sport and for the state of Colorado. ”

Legha O’Connor | Clermont, Florida | East Ridge High School

Four-time state qualifier in high school, she has been placed six times in the state meeting, being named MVP of her team for three consecutive years. She also competes for the South Lake Aquatics Club under coach Donald Gibb, where she won the Team Soul Award and qualified for the senior championships and futures meetings, placing twice in the senior championships. She holds the personal best of 23.94 at 50 free, 56.57 at 100 butterflies and 52.50 at 100 free. Her goal is to graduate in Hospitality Management.

Woodard says: “Leigha came late in the recruitment process, but her enthusiasm for the state of Colorado was undeniable. She possesses a natural ability to run free and fly, and the responsibility she takes on in her personal training and her working life were assets in the appreciation of our staff. “As she begins to develop more core strength and technical skills, she will definitely help grow our sprint body.”

Bariu Azalea | Roanoke, Texas | Byron Nelson High School

Shepherd has rewritten her high school record book, holding eight of the 11 school grades while qualifying for the state for three years and becoming the first student in her district to qualify for the state in all four of her events. . She has been placed in the position five times while being named her team MVP for three years in a row and team captain as a junior. She competes for coach Jason Walter with the Lakeside Aquatic Club, where she is part of two team relay records, qualifying for the TAGS, Sectional, Future and Arena Winter Championships. A free sprint athlete, she holds the personal best of 23.78 in 50 free, 51.52 in 100 free and 1: 52.77 in 200 free. She plans to graduate in Health and Exercise Science.

Woodard says: “Our staff put the emphasis on sprinting this season, but we needed athletes who were just starting to develop and take control of their development. Azalea fit in as someone who was just starting to find her place in the sport and who takes her coaching seriously. “Her dedication and respect for teammates and coaches led us to believe that this future leader has the untouchables to influence sprint-free races and locker rooms.”

Alexis Trietley | Olean, New York | Olean High School

Trietley is a high school athlete with three sports, also competing on the track and cross country. In the pool, she has posted several times the all-American consideration of becoming a five-time sector champion, a six-year paper winner being twice named the season athlete at her school. She holds numerous records at school and pool and was twice named team captain. Competing for Bradford YMCA and coach Caren Barnes, she won 100 free throws at the PA State Championship and finished third in the 50 free throws and fourth in the 100 free throws at the YMCA Long Course Nationals meeting. She holds the personal best from 23.35 to 50 free, 51.41 to 100 free and 1: 52.62 to 200 free. She will pursue a major in Biomedical Sciences.

Woodard says: “We knew early on in our conversations with Alexis that we had a runner – someone who lives for the speed enthusiasm. Alexis possessed a single determination to develop strength and race with determination. “Once Alexis adjusts her shots well and has the opportunity to train with other like-minded individuals, we believe she will emerge as a force within the sprint-free events in Mountain West.”