Redbirds Sign Four Swimmers and One Diver for the 2014-15 Season
April 17, 2014
NORMAL, Ill. -The Illinois State swimming and diving program added four new swimmers and one diver to their roster for the 2014-15 season, head coach Steve Paska announced Thursday. The new Redbirds are Jillena Everest (Holland, Mich./Zeeland East HS), Kristen Larson (Elmwood Park, Ill./Fenwick HS), Kelly Lehane (Bolingbrook, Ill./ Naperville Central High School), and Sara Stansell (Charleston, S.C./ First Baptist School), and Alyssa Swanson (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie High School) signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at Illinois State University.
Jillena Everest | Holland, Mich. | Zeeland East HS | Breaststroke, IM
A four year Division I high school state qualifier in the 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, and 200-yard medley relay ... All-American and school record holder in the 200-yard medley relay ... All-conference and All-state every year in high school ... Team captain senior year ... Member of Junior National team in the 400 medley relay ... Holland Sentinel swimmer first team senior year ... Zeeland High School student athlete of the month ... Member of the honor roll ... Plans on studying exercise science
Paska on Everest: "Jillena will add great support to our breaststroke and IM groups. I believe she will excel at the collegiate level and she will be mainly training for the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM events. Jillena will play an important role during her freshman season competing for us in the breaststroke events. Her future as a Redbird is a bright one and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."
Kristen Larson | Elmwood Park, Ill. | Fenwick HS | Diving
Hometown: Elmwood Park, Ill.
2013 MCAC diver of the year ... Earned second-place at Sectionals ...Team captain ...Earned third-place in conference ... Regional Competitor spring and summer 2010-2014 ... On High School Honor Roll all four years.
Hoffmann on Larson "I am excited to have Kristen as the newest member of the Redbird family. She is a relatively unknown in the Illinois diving scene. However, she has a huge upside. She comes in with a list of dives that will make her very competitive from the day she steps on campus, but with that she has so much untapped potential. I can't wait to begin coaching and I am so glad she chose to become a Redbird."
Kelley Lehane | Bolingbrook, Ill. | Naperville Central HS | Backstroke, Freestyle, IM
Hometown: Bolingbrook, Ill.
Dupage Valley Conference 500-yard freestyle Champion ... Four time Illinois High School State Qualifier ... Named Illinois High School All-Conference from 2010-2013 ... USA Swimming Grand Prix Qualifier 2009-2013 ... Junior National Qualifier for USA Swimming NCSA from 2011 to 2014 ... USA Swimming Speedo Sectional Qualifier 2011-2014 ... USA Swimming Senior State Qualifier 2011- 2014 ... majoring in marketing
Paska on Lehane: ""Kelley fits well into the ISU mold of a talented and versatile student-athlete. She has the capability of contributing in the 200 & 400 IM, 100 & 200 backstroke, and middle distance freestyle events, and her best swimming still is ahead. I believe Kelley will challenge spots on our relays next year and make an immediate impact for us at the MVC Championship meet."
Sarah Stansell | Charleston, S.C. | First Baptist HS | Distance Freestyle
Hometown: Charleston, S.C.
Paska on Stansell: "Sara won over the team and staff during her official visit to Illinois State. She will easily blend in with the team in right away. I believe that she has her best swimming in front of her and we are very excited to add Sara to our group of middle & distance freestylers, plus she will add depth to the 400 IM group. Sara is the first recruit from South Carolina to be a Redbird. I'm very excited to watch her swim career begin in August."
Alyssa Swanson | Eden Prarie, Minn.| Eden Prarie HS | IM, Distance Freestyle
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.