Swimming and Diving Sign Six to NLIs
Nov. 22, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimming and diving announced today the signing of six prep standouts to National Letters of Intent for 2018-19. The latest class includes five swimmers Kaitlyn McCoy (Phoenix, Ariz.), Kailee Nabeta (Carmichael, Calif.), Madesyn Ronquillio (Tracy, Calif.), Ariane Skeggs (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Lauren Vitort (Irvine, Calif.), as well as one diver Martine Erlam. The class of six is expected to grow by one or two more in the future, all will enroll for the fall 2018 semester.

“This year represents another successful year recruiting for Boise State swimming and diving,” said head coach Jeremy Kipp. “The success of our current Broncos combined with their passion and love of their program has helped our staff put together an outstanding class that represents four different states, two countries and our first ever international diver. The five swimmers and divers are immediate impacts for the Broncos at the conference level in terms of points, but more exciting is that each one of these athletes has a passion for swimming and diving that we know is going to help Boise State keep pushing the boundaries of success.”

Kaitlyn “Katie” McCoy is currently a senior at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz. McCoy has recorded top times of 52.87 in the 100 yard freestyle and 1:52.64 in the 200 yard free, both at the 2017 Arizona Senior State Championships. McCoy successfully defended her 2016 Arizona state titles in the 200 IM and 100 back Nov. 3-4. In the 200 IM, she went 2:03.07 to claim the championship and in the 100 back she clocked a 55.05. McCoy also led off Xavier’s first-place 200 medley relay team.

“Kaitlyn swims for coach Mike Maczuga of the Phoenix Swim Club and how exciting for Kaitlyn to sign her NLI just a couple of days off of winning individual state titles in the 100 back and 200 IM,” Kipp said. “Kaitlyn attends Xavier College Prep who also won the state championship as a team. Kaitlyn is a proven winner and continues to add new events to her competition repertoire. She is coming off of back-to-back state titles in the 200 IM and is a proven tough competitor. I know Kaitlyn is serious about her swimming, before she made her final decision, she requested to see about a month’s worth of our training logs. Kaitlyn wanted to be sure that our training was going to help take her to the next level, so that she could continue to improve.”

Kailee Nabeta is a senior at Rio Americano High School in Carmichael, Calif. She is a two-time USA Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American. In 2017 Nabeta was runner-up in the 50 free with a time of 23.51 and took fifth in the 100 back clocking a 56.19 at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. She placed seventh in the 50 free at the California State Meet, with a personal-best 23.42. Career best time in the short course 100 yard backstroke is 55.61, top time in the 50 freestyle is 23.42. She swims for Davis Aquadarts Racing Club.

“Kailee is one of the top swimmers in the Sacramento area and swims for the DART Swim Team under her father, Brian Nabeta,” commented Kipp. “A talented sprinter and breaststroker, Kaillee will provide great depth in our sprinting and breaststroke events. Kailee seems like a swimmer still discovering the sport as she continues to drop time in a new event each year. Both her dad and mom were collegiate athletes, and swimming for her father has given her a deep love of the sport. I personally couldn’t tell you what events she will be swimming her freshmen year, as she can do 5-6 events really well and still impact the Mountain West. We are looking forward to helping Kailee continue to grow and evolve in the sport.”

Madesyn Ronquillio is a senior at Tracy High School in Tracy, Calif. Ronquillio is a 2017 NISCA All-America and a Winter Junior Nationals and Futures qualifier. She placed 13th at the California State Championships in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 55.89, her career-best time is 55.62. Her top times in the 50 free are 24.85, 100 free is 53.19, 100 fly is 57.65 and 200 back 2:02.78. She also competes for the California Gold Swim Club.

“We believe Madesyn to be a true diamond in the rough out of Tracy, Calif.,” said Kipp. “She swims for coach John Griffin at California Gold Aquatics. Maddy has been to California State finals and continues to improve at a high level. She still does double training and has been on a slow growth in the sport in terms of her training commitment. Both of Madesyn’s parents are in the active duty for the military and you only need to spend about 30 seconds with her family to realize that family and country are deeply important to Madesyn. She comes from deeply committed roots and we are so excited that Maddy has chosen to extend her roots to Boise State. I would certainly count her as one to watch at this years California state finals as she continues to grow and get faster each year.”

Ariane Skeggs is currently a senior at Frontier High School in Bakersfield, Calif. Skeggs is a Western Zone Champion and Futures qualifier. She is originally from Australia and did not start competitive swimming until moving to the United States. Skeggs won two individual titles at the league championships, then went on to place third in the 500 free and eighth in the 200 free at 2015 CIF-Central Section Division I Championships. As a sophomore she finished third in both the 200 and 500 freestyles, while finishing runner-up in the 200 free with a 1:51.84 as a junior and third in the 500 free clocking a 5:04.93. Skeggs qualified for the 2017 California State Meet in Clovis, Calif., where she finished 22nd in the prelims of the 200 free with a 1:53.05. She also swims for the Roadrunner Aquatics Swim Team.

“Ariane or Rani, is a Californian from Bakersfield by way of Australia,” Kipp commented. “Technically an international swimmer, Rani’s family has moved to Bakersfield just two years ago and her swimming times have dropped immensely in that time. Rani will swim primarily the 200 free up to the 1650 and as of the last couple weeks was still dropping times in all of those events. This past summer, Rani won a couple of events at the Western Zone Championships and continues to remain on a hot streak ever since. Rani is still new to serious training and continues to grow under her coach Michele Kroll at Roadrunner Aquatics.”

Lauren Vitort is a senior at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, Calif. Vitort is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American. She placed fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:48.97) and sixth in the 500 (4:53.20) at the 2016 California State Meet, while placing fifth (1:48.79) and eighth (4:55.02) in the same events, respectively, last spring at the 2017 CIF State Meet. Vitort has also been a finalist in both the 200 and 500 free at CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships the last three years. While competing for Irvine Novaquatics Swim Club, she swam the 50, 200 and 400 freestyle (long course) at 2017 Summer Junior Nationals in New York.

“Lauren is an outstanding swimmer who trains for the Irvine Novaquatics swim team and is coached by Ken Lamont,” said Kipp. “Lauren can swim almost any distance in freestyle from the 50 to the mile (1650) and can also swim some very good butterfly events. She currently commutes anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to get to her afternoon training sessions which shows that Lauren cares deeply for the sport and truly appreciates her coaches and team. Lauren is one of the top California middle distance swimmers and continues to shed time every season.”

The lone diver in the group is Martine “Marti” Erlam who will be Boise State’s first international diver coming from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Marti trains on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard and has competed in provincial and national diving championships in Canada. She is a Canadian Nationals finalist in both juniors and seniors competition, she has been a regular at the Junior Nationals nearly every year since 2008 (except 2014). Marti has reached finals three times at the national level and was provincial champion on 3-meter at the 2017 Alberta Winter Provincials, while placing second on both springboards at the 2017 Alberta Summer Provincials. This past year she qualified for her first Senior Nationals placing seventh on 3-meter and 12th on the 1-meter at the 2017 Winter Senior Nationals in Calgary. Erlam also placed fourth on the 1-meter at the 2017 Canada Games.

“Marti dives for Charlie Tu at Dive Calgary,” said head diving coach Brandon Blaisdell. “She is one of the top girls 16-18 springboard divers in Canada. Marti has qualified to Nationals every year since 2008. Marti brings a high level of springboard diving to our team. She had her best year in 2017, qualifying for her first Senior Nationals and finishing seventh on the 3-meter. She also competed at the 2017 Canada Games where she finished 4th on the 1-meter. Marti is currently working hard at increasing the difficulty of her list. She will be one to watch this next year at Junior Nationals. We expect she’ll come in and make immediate contributions as a Bronco.”

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