-- The Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team has announced the signing of three student-athletes for the 2014-15 season. Head coach Tim Kyle
received commitments from swimmers Rosalee Mira Santa Ana
and Alyse Darnall
, and diver Kianna Mourer
for the Cougars’ initial season of NCAA Division II eligibility.
“I’m very excited about all three of these girls. Each of them are great fits for our program, and will step right in and help us as we transition in Division II competition,” said Kyle.
San Clemente, Calif. | High School: San Clemente | Club: Crown Valley Diving
An accomplished diver from South Orange County, Mourer was named to the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association/Speedo All-American team. Mourer has qualified for the junior nationals and the CIF championship meet during her club and prep career.
“We’re very excited about Kianna. She’s an experienced diver and will be a huge asset for us. Our dive coach Cindy Adams
is looking forward to working with her, and we believe she’s going to step right in and help,” said Kyle.
Medford, Ore. | High School: St. Mary’s Academy | Club: Superior Stingray
A sprinter from Oregon, Darnall will help fill a vital role at Azusa Pacific. She won to 4A state championship in the 100 free and took second place in the 100 back, while teaming for 200 free relay, and 400 relay state titles. During her high school career she received first-team all-conference honors twice, and earned scholar-athlete recognition during the 2011-12 season. She will likely compete in the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 back at Azusa Pacific.
“She fills the backstroke position that we were seeking. She’s a talented sprinter, and will definitely help in our individual and relay events. She’s the missing piece that will really benefit us in our first year of Division II eligibility,” said Kyle.
ROSALEE MIRA SANTA ANA
Cerritos, Calif. | High School: Calvary Chapel (Downey) | Club: La Mirada Armada
A local distance swimmer, Mira Santa Ana will make an instant impact at Azusa Pacific. The Calvary Chapel student was named to L.A. Daily News All-Area team as a junior, and finished in second place in the 200 free (1:54.19) and took third in the 500 free (5:09.20) at the CIF-SS Division 3 championships. Mira Santa Ana will swim in the 1,650, 500, and 200 free at Azusa Pacific.
”She’s going to add great strength to our core group of distance swimmers. We have some very good distance swimmers right now, and we expect Rosalee to jump right in and help us. She’s posted some really good times already, and I believe she’ll be in contention to qualify for the National meet for each of the next four years,” said Kyle.