Swimming Adds Trio Of New Signees
BOISE, Idaho Boise State swimming and diving head coach Kristin Hill announced the signing three more signees to the 2009-10 team. Christine Raininger, Shanelle Choi, and Lily Donohue each signed national letters of intent to complete next season’s international recruiting class.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this incoming class. It is clear to me that all of the team members we have this next fall have their best years of swimming ahead of them,” said Hill. “That is so exciting after the season we had this year because I know we have a team that will be leaps and bounds beyond the performances we saw this season.”
Raininger is a native of Ajax, Ontario, Canada, where she trained and competed under Matt Bell withy the Ajax Swimming Club. Raininger holds club records in the 200 fly, 200 IM and 800 and 1500 free. In 2007, she was named the Ironswimmer’ of her home province, Ontario. Raininger is also an academic standout as she earned a certificate in German as well as being on the Graduation Honor Roll at Pickering High School.
“From the first time I spoke with Christine, I knew she was someone with drive, determination and a positive attitude that will help elevate our program to the next level,” said Hill.
“On my recruit trip, I saw that I would have no trouble making friends on the team,” said Raininger. “I loved the growth of this progressive team and can’t wait to be a part of its future success.”
Pearl City, Hawaii native, Choi, will also bring more depth into the butterfly and freestyle events when she joins the team next fall. She will come in with big expectations as she is a three-time state champion under coaches Kenneth and Jane Suenaga at Pearl City High School. She also swims for the Kamehameha Swim Club under John and Kevin Flanagan.
“Shanelle’s dedication and devotion to training and competing have gained the attention of her coaches for whom I have a great deal of respect,” said Hill. “We know her drive will allow her to be very successful her.”
“I know that Boise State will not only help me achieve my goals both athletically and academically, but surpass them in the next four years,” said Choi.
Donohue joins the 2009-10 team from Portland, Ore. and joins her older brother, Luke, as the second Division I swimmer in her family. She trains and competes with Mt. Hood Aquatics under coach Burt Stratton. Donohue had a very successful senior season as she placed second in the 100 fly and third in the 100 back at the Oregon State Championships.
“Lily is a diamond in the rough who is going to make an immediate impact on our program,” said Hill. “She has endless potential and I can’t wait to coach her.”
“When I visited Boise State, it felt like home,” said Donohue. “I heard great things about the quality of education and the campus is the perfect size.”
The three new signees join early signees Stevie Hughey and Jenn Cahill in this year’s recruiting class.
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