Boise State Signs Siehs
Mandie Siehs
Menomonee, Wis.
Menomonee Falls High School
Elmbrook Swim Club
Backstroke/Freestyle

BOISE, Idaho- Boise State swimming and diving Head Coach Kristin Hill announced Thursday, Mandie Siehs of Menomonee, Wis., signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Broncos. Siehs, currently a senior at Menomonee Falls High School, specializes in backstroke and freestyle events.

"Mandie joins us as another great teammate from the Midwest, though Wisconsin is new territory for us," Hill said. "Mandie has some great speed and after talking with her coaches and meeting her in person I knew she was someone we wanted on this team. She is driven as a student and a swimmer and she will be a great addition to this team of motivated and excellent student-athletes."

Siehs is a team captain and four-year letterwinner for coach Jim Weitzer at Menomonee Falls, where she set school records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, as well as the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. Siehs finished her prep career last weekend at the 2012 WIAA Division I State Meet. She was a finalist in both sprint freestyle events, taking eighth in the 50 and sixth in the 100. The best placing of her career came as a junior when she took fourth in the 50 freestyle. Her sixth-place finish in the 100 this season matched her performance from a year ago.

A key member of the Menomonee Falls relay teams, Siehs guided the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams to fifth- and sixth-place finishes, respectively, at the 2011 state meet. She helped them to 10th and ninth this season.

During regular-season competition this year she broke a 35-year-old pool record in the 50 freestyle.

Siehs is coached by Fred Russell  as a member of the Elmbrook Swim Club, where she was the state champion in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 long-course state meet. She also reached the finals in the 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke. At the short-course state meet, Siehs was a finalist in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. She is an NCSA National qualifier in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke (short-course yards).

Also a standout student, Siehs was named a Scholastic All-American in 2010 and 2011. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the treasurer of Menomonee Falls High Student Council for the past two years.

"I chose Boise State because the swim team is absolutely amazing and they are all so supportive," Siehs said. "From the second I walked onto the campus and met the team, I knew Boise State was the school for me and the swim team would be my family for the next four years. The coaches are wonderful and they want to see their athletes succeed in the classroom as well as in the pool."

Top times (short-course yards / long-course meters):
100 Back: 59.32 / 1:10.79
200 Back: 2:11.59 / 2:31.59
50 Free: 23.97 / 27.23
100 Free: 52.35 / 59.16
200 Free: 1:53.29 / 2:10.19


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