Nov. 23, 1999
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Reloading the talent for the University of Illinois swimming and diving program, Head Coach Jim Lutz got two Illinois natives in his 1999-2000 recruiting class of four.
Lutz announced today that Crystal McAdam, Stacy Bogle, Emily Garrison and Laura O'Connor will take to the water at IMPE Pool for the next four years. Getting two swimmers out of their own backyard, the Fighting Illini inked McAdam from Decatur and Bogle of Jacksonville.
"I feel really good about this class," Lutz said. "They are outstanding students and tremendous talents."
Not swimming for Warrensburg-Latham High School to participate in the U.S. Open this year, McAdam comes to Illinois as a 1999 USA Swimming Southeast Junior National Champion, who set the meet record in the 200 individual medley. McAdam placed second in the Junior Nationals in the 100 butterfly and was a USA Swimming Senior National qualifier in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. She ranked in the top 15 in the nation in the 17-18 Girls division, registering 11th in the 200 IM and 14th in the 100 fly. In her junior year, she earned all-state and All-America honorable mention honors with a fourth-place finish at the state championships. Participating in the fly, IM and freestyle, McAdam swims for the Champaign Aquachiefs club team.
A standout at Jacksonville High School, Bogle has qualified for state the last three years. She qualified for state in the 200 free relay her freshman and sophomore years. Last year, Bogle earned a trip to state after winning the sectionals in the 100 free. Swimming for the Springfield USA club team, her events include breaststroke and free.
Garrison will not hurt the Illini's grade points average, ranking first in her class and earning Scholastic All-America honors at duPont Manual Magnet High School. The Louisville, Ky., native is a USA Junior National qualifier in the 400 IM, 100 and 200 backstroke. An all-stater the past two seasons, Garrison took third in the 200 and 400 free relay at the Kentucky state finals this year. Swimming the IM, back and free, she competes for Lakeside Swim Club.
Out of Glendale, Calif, O'Connor is a USA Swimming Junior National qualifier in the 100 back. She is a member of the National Honor Society at Flintridge Prep High School. She will swim the back and fly at UI.
"Each one of these student-athletes will come in and make an immediate impact," Lutz said. "They are the kind of people who steal your heart, and I am very excited to have these great people in the program."