Boise State Signs Mandy Barnes To NLI
Incoming swimmer Mandy Barnes
Nov. 18, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimming and diving head coach Kristin Hill announced the signing of Mandy Barnes (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Tesoro HS) to a National Letter of Intent Tuesday.

"Mandy comes from the club team I started with in competitive swimming in California, the Mission Viejo Nadadores, so I am thrilled to have her choose our program for her collegiate career. She made an immediate connection with our team and our coaching staff - her personality is so much fun and we enjoyed every step of this process with her," Hill noted. "Mandy is an extremely hard worker and we appreciate her persistent attitude towards hard work that her club team is known for. Her strength in butterfly, along with her middle and distance freestyle strengths will really help our team's strength and depth. Mandy is the fastest 1,000 freestyler we have ever signed, and she will have the opportunity to train with some of the best middle-distance and distance swimmers in the history of our program during her freshman year. We are excited for her to have that year to learn from them and help take our team to the next level as she develops in our program."

Barnes has made her mark in the butterfly and 500 free at Tesoro High School, currently holding six school records entering her senior season. She helped Tesoro to a pair of league titles (2012, 2014) and was named a NISCA All-American in the 500 free with a top time of 4:54.74. In the 100 fly Barnes holds the South Coast League record (56.65) and after her freshman season held seven school records. Her top finishes at the CIF Championships are a pair of seventh-place efforts in the 500 free (2013) and 100 fly (2014).

She has been honored academically with the Spirit of the Titan Award and is the president and founder of the Team NEGU (Never Give Up) Club, which helps raise awareness for kids fighting cancer.

"I knew that Coach Kristin was building an amazing program at the school and the team's improvement in the pool showed it," Barnes said. "Not only were the times impressive, but the coaches' philosophy and connection with the swimmers caught my eye. Once I visited the campus and met the team I had no doubt in my mind that Boise State is where I was going to spend the next four years competing."

Top Times
400 free - 4:54.74
1000 free - 10:07.52
1650 free - 17:00.46
100 fly - 56.35
200 fly - 2:02.91

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