April 24, 2009
The Arizona State women's swimming and diving team has added a new recruit for their already stellar 2009-10 signing class. Cassie Morrice has signed a national letter of intent to study and compete at Arizona State University, announces head swimming coach Michael Chasson.
Coming to Tempe from Victoria, B.C., Morrice is a welcome addition in what assistant swimming coach Kyle Schack has dubbed as one of the all-time best Sun Devil recruiting classes. A fast 200 and 500 freestyler, Morrice has consistently been dropping her times over the past five months. Not only will Morrice compete in the individual events, but she will be looked upon as a strong relay swimmer as well.
Recently, Morrice, who currently competes for Island Swimming, was recently selected to represent her home province for the 2009 Canada Summer Games. At the Canadian Spring Nationals, Morrice placed sixth in the 400 free.
"Cassie is dangerous in the middle-distance freestyles," said assistant swimming coach and women's recruiter Schack. "Her goal is to be on the Canadian National Team. She will be on the 4 x 200 free relay and in about two years she'll make the 4x100 relay."
Morrice will join fall signees Paige Schultz, Shannon Landgrebe and Caroline Kuczynski as the women's signing class. One of ASU's most heralded recruits of all time, Schultz will come to the Valley of the Sun as one of the top freshmen of 2009-10. With goals of making the Olympics in 2012, Schultz's times are currently on par with the top times in the NCAA.
"Paige Schultz's name will be on our record board," said Schack. "She will take our relays to the championship finals at the NCAA."
Another Canadian, Kuczynski has been training in Florida for the past six years alongside 42-yeard-old gold medalist Dara Torres. Kuczynski will come to Tempe as the team's No. 2 butterflier.
"Caroline has the ability to be one of the NCAA's premier butterfliers," said Schack. "She has came in with faster times than our current top butterflier and will be a big impact swimmer for us in a couple years."
The final women's signee is Landgrebe who hails out of Palm Springs. A sprint and middle-distance freestyle specialist, Landgrebe will immediately add to the tradition of solid freestylers at Arizona State.
"She is tall, she is athletic and she has already made Pac-10 scoring times with room for improvement," said Schack on Landgrebe.
With four talented incoming freshmen, two returning NCAA qualifiers and Olympic finalist diver Elina Eggers eligible, the Sun Devils are poised to be a force to be reckoned with in 2009-10.
"If we don't make the top 10 at NCAA's next year, we'll be disappointed," said Schack.