|Idaho inks three|
Three swimmers have committed to compete for the University of Idaho next fall and, coach Tom Jager says, it is a group that will add depth and talent to the Vandals.
Among the three is Moscow, Idaho, product Erica Anderson, who is joined by Spokane's Rachel Millett and Laura Griffing from Kodiak, Alaska.
Anderson, who competed for the Moscow Bears are well as the Moscow-based Gold Medal Swim Club, was the 2009 North Idaho Female Swimmer of the Year after a junior season during which she was a team captain and state relay team record holder.
"Erica is a local product with incredible upside," Jager said. "I know she will flourish in our program. I enjoyed watching her grow up in the GMSC swim program and I know I will enjoy coaching her at the next level."
In addition to her athletic achievement, she earned the President's Award for her academic accomplishments and was the second alternate in the Moscow Junior Miss program. For GMAC, she was the Western Zones team captain.
"Erica is one of the most personable people you will ever meet," Jager said. "She is a tall, strong swimmer who will give everything for her team."
Spokane's Millet comes to Idaho from the Spokane Waves Aquatic Team, where she is known for her all around ability and leadership as a team captain.
"Rachel is one of the best swimmers ever to come out of Spokane," said Jager of Millet, who graduates from Ferris High School this spring as an AP Scholar. "She is a great all-around swimmer with no weak event. She will be an impact swimmer in the Western Athletic Conference.
"Rachel swims with a lot of heart and that fits into our team well."
Griffing is a four-time state champion and record holder in the 100 breaststroke as well as the team captain and Most Valuable Swimmer for Kodiak High School for two years. She is the first swimmer from the Kodiak Kingfishers to qualify for Junior Nationals. Additionally, she is a member of the National Honor Society.
"Laura is a tough kid," Jager said. "She is talented and tough - two qualities I look for when recruiting swimmers or divers."