Top row (left to right): Allison Mann, Melanie Harris, Claire Hammond
Bottom row (left to right): Audrey Mann, Samm Crocker
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Head coach Andy Johns is proud to announce the signing of five incoming freshmen who will join the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team in 2014-15. Samm Crocker (Des Peres, Mo.), Claire Hammond (Roseville, Calif.), Melanie Harris (Henderson, Nev.) and Allison and Audrey Mann (Phoenix, Ariz.) will help fill the void of a decorated senior class that will wrap up their careers this season.
"These five ladies are a great start to our signing class for the fall of 2014," Johns said. "They have some huge suits to fill with our departing seniors, but we're really excited about their potential and we love their energy and chemistry. Four of them were here on the same recruiting weekend and they seemed to fit in well with our team and Flagstaff."
Crocker is a four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain at Parkway South High School and will impact the team's sprint crew. She holds her high school's record in the 50 freestyle as well as being a part of the 400 medley and 200 free relay teams. Crocker also swims for the CSP Tideriders club team, in which she received the team's Outstanding Performance Award and holds several club records. At Parkway South, Crocker also lettered in both water polo and volleyball.
Hammond is a four-year swimmer on the varsity squad at Woodcreek High School and has enjoyed a stellar prep career. She was the team MVP as a sophomore and junior and holds school records in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 backstroke as well as 200 medley and 400 free relays. Hammond, a four-time All-League selection and CIF Sections D1 top-eight finisher, also received the Coaches Award for your club team, California Capital Aquatics.
Harris will add to the Lumberjacks' breaststroke events as she was the 2013 Nevada State Champion in the 100 and 200 breast. A four-year letterwinner at Basic High School where she also ran cross country, Harris owns five school records in the 200 free, 200 individual medley, 100 fly, 500 free and 100 breast and was a Nevada Sunrise Regional First Team selection from 2010-13. She's been her team's high point leader all four years was the breaststroke state champion with her BCH Heatwave club team.
Allison and Audrey Mann are twins out of Sunnyslope High School and both were four-year letterwinners. Allison claimed a fifth-place finish in the 100 back at the Arizona State Swimming & Diving Championships two weeks ago, breaking the school record in the process by two seconds, in addition to an eighth-place finish in the 200 IM. She also swam on the sectional team three years in a row. Audrey also placed at the state championships with a seventh-place finish in the 100 breast. Her honors include being named Swimmer of the Meet and high point qualifier at the district meet three consecutive years.
Samm Crocker – Des Peres, Mo./Parkway South HS
Head coach Andy Johns: "Samm Crocker is a sprinter in the 50 and 100 freestyle. We have to find her a third event, it might the 100 fly or 200 free, but she's a great kid. She comes in with great academic records and she really enjoyed Flagstaff. We need her sprint ability to help us out especially in relays and dual meets."
Claire Hammond – Roseville, Calif./Woodcreek HS
Johns: "Claire Hammond is a 200 and 500 freestyle specialist. She comes in with solid times that would put her in the finals at the conference meet. She comes from a great club program, California Capital Aquatics, and (assistant coach) Laura Thomas had ties to that club team back when she was an age group swimmer so there's a nice connection there."
Melanie Harris – Henderson, Nev./Basic HS
Johns: "Melanie Harris is a breaststroker and IM-er. We have a solid group of those already but she's in the mold of a Monica Pruett. She fits in well with Jordan (Burnes) and Stirling (Smith) departing and she's versatile. She can swim some butterfly, some 500 (free). We haven't had a Vegas swimmer on our team in a while and it's nice to get back into that area because there's a lot of great swimming going on over there."
Allison and Audrey Mann – Phoenix, Ariz./Sunnyslope HS
Johns: "The Mann sisters – Allison and Audrey – from Phoenix Swim Club, a great club program in the valley, and Sunnyslope High School are just coming out of their state meet. Allison is a backstroker and IM-er and Audrey is a breaststroker and also can swim the IM and some freestyle. They're very versatile and there's so much potential with both of those girls and we love their enthusiasm for NAU. Valley kids from quality programs help us a lot."