Other Sports Signees

It's been a banner year for recruiting at UCLA, especially if you take into consideration all of UCLA's sports. Here is the first part of a look at UCLA's signees in all its sports this year...

UCLA probably had the best recruiting haul of any school in the nation, when considering all of its sports.

With the spring signing period coming to a close, UCLA athletics picked up a number of top recruits. Here is a review of the total signees in other sports other than football and men's basketball. Spring signees are designated.

Women's Basketball:

Anitra "Nikki" Blue, West (Bakersfield, Calif.) High, is a 5-8 combo guard and has been called the Baron Davis of west coast basketball. She's been ranked as high as the #6 prospect in the nation.

Emma Tautolo, Moreno Valley (Calif.) High, is a 6-2 center, and is expected to provide the muscle inside. Her father was a defensive lineman on UCLA's football team in the late ‘70s.

Lisa Willis, Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.), is a 5-9 wing, and was ranked as a top 40 national player.

Ortal Oren, Kiriat-Sharet High School, Rishon-Lezion, Israel, is considered the best teenage player in Israel and a member of the Israeli Junior National team. UCLA out-recruited Connecticut for her.

Julia Pitts, North (Torrance, Calif.) High, is 6-2 forward and a three-sport athlete in basketball, volleyball and track for her high school. She's currently qualified for the state track meet in three events. She averaged 20 points a game on the basaketball.

Women's Track & Field:

Chelsea Johnson, Atascadero H.S. (Calif.), (SPRING), a multi-talented athlete who impressed everyone at the Mt. SAC Relays. Pole vaulting for only six months, she won the prep pole vault with a mark of 13-4, which is a meet record and the second-highest mark by a high school women. Then she placed sixth in the invitational 100-meter high hurdles prep race with a time of 15.05. She is also the defending 300-meter low hurdles CIF Division III champion. Johnson also an All-Area performer in soccer and volleyball. Her father, Jan, earned a Bronze Medal at the 1972 Olympics and was the 1971 U.S. Outdoor pole vault champion.

Sarah West, Davis H.S. (Calif.), (SPRING), a distance runner who has clocked 10:46.50 in the indoor 3200 meters this year. That is the fifth best time in the state this year. Sac leader in cross country and state meet -- best at 3200 meteres.

The word is also that UCLA will get a commitment from Kamiya Warren, Berkeley St. Mary's, who is one of the best at the shot put and discus in the state.

Ashley Caldwell, Los Gatos, distance runner, is the Central Coast CIF 800m champ and also competes in cross country. She's qualified for the state meet this weekend. She'll also dramatically help out the UCLA cross country squad.

Sheena Gordon, McDowell High (Erie, Penn.), is considered among the best – or the best – high jumper in the country, and one of the best triple jumpers.

Dawn Harper, East. St. Louis (Belleville, Ill.), is the defending Illinois state hurdles champ, winning it with the third best 100m hurdles time last year.

Jenna Timinsky, San Dieguito Academy (Encinitas, Calif.), is an accomplished long-distance runner. She's the four-time CIF 800m champion.

Men's Track & Field:

Craig Everhart, Davis H.S., Tacoma (Wash.), (SPRING), a 400 meter specialist who in 2001 ran the nation's fifth fastest junior time (47.09) in the event.

Michael Landers, Golden Valley H.S., Merced (Calif.), (SPRING), posted the No. 2 national mark in the pole vault last year (16-3) to win the California State High School Championship as a junior. He's currently leading state with a 17-ft pole vault.

Brian Ruziecki, Huntington Beach (Calif.) H.S., (SPRING), a thrower with senior marks of 61-0 in the shot put and 184-2 in the discus. As a junior, Ruziecki was ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Chauncee Smith, University City H.S., San Diego, (SPRING) a sprinter who has posted one of the top marks in the 100 meters (10.83) in the state this year.

Also, UCLA will more than likely also sign David Murphy, a pole vaulter who has jumped 16 feet and is second behind Landers in the state.

Matthew Bruno, Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) High, as a junior won the the CIF Division II 100 meters with a time of 10.62.

Justin Nelson, Murrietta Valley High, is a high jumper who finished second last year in the state with a jump of 6-10. Also competes in the triple jump.

Gymnastics:

Kate Richardson, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, (SPRING), is a 2000 Olympian who placed a Canadian all-time best 15th in the all-around in Sydney. In Canada, Richardson was a one-woman show at the 2001 nationals. She won the all-around, vault, uneven bars and balance beam. She tied for second in the floor exercise. Richardson joins a squad with fellow Bruin Olympians Jamie Dantzscher, Kristen Maloney, Alyssa Beckerman, Yvonne Tousek and Michelle Conway. With the addition of Richardson and earlier signee Holly Murdock (Northern Ireland) UCLA will have nine former World Championship team members on the 2003 squad.

Holly Murdock, Northern Ireland, is the 2001 British vault and beam champ and an alternate on the Irish Olympicteam.

Swimming:

Kendall Butler, Westminster School, Atlanta, (SPRING), is a national qualifier with top prep marks in the 100 Fly (56.32) and the 200 Fly (2:02.04).

Liz Keating, St. Ursula Academy, Cincinnati, (SPRING), a middle distance swimmer with top times in the 500 Free (4:57.32) and the 1650 Free (17:10.18).

Eileen Seissen, Lakeside H.S., Atlanta, (SPRING), is also a national qualifier in the 100 Breast with a prep best of 1:03.71.

Taylor Spivey, Auburn transfer, Atlanta, (SPRING), was 2001 All-American with top marks of 54.13 in the 100 Back and 1:57.20 in the 200 Back. She is a huge get for UCLA, being a past all-american at Auburn. Her current times are two seconds faster than anyone else on the UCLA squad.

Kimberly Vandenberg, Campolindo High (Moraga, Calif.), is one of the best prospects in the nation, and is expected to dramatically boost UCLA's women's swim team. She specializes in the butterfly and free, and was 2000 Olympic trials qualifier.

Krista Daley, Placer High (Auburn, Calif.), was a 2000 Olympic trials qualifier and is considered the best swimmer in the Sacramento area. She will impact on fly events.

Shellene Catalano, Clovis High, swims the breaststroke, butterfly and IM, and is a top-eight finisher at the Junior Nationals.

Luisa Los-Santos, Peddie School (Highstown, New Jersey), is a Maylasian National team member who has been in the U.S. for a few years.

Women's Diving:

Carly Banks, Laguna Hills High, (SPRING) is a three-event athlete and a high school All-American, who chose UCLA over USC.

Sara Clark, Los Gatos High, (SPRING), has been a junior national finalist and a three-event diver who is also a high school All-American.

Amanda Blong, Sidwells Friends School (Potomac, Mary.) excels at three diving events and is a Junior All-American and the Maryland state champ.

Paige Thompson, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) High, is the Arizona state diving champ and state diver of the year.

Women's Soccer:

Jill Oakes, D/MF, Harvard-Westlake H.S., West Hills (Calif.), was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year, and Soccer America's #1 ranked women's soccer prospect in the nation.. She was the only high school player to be nominated for U.S. Soccer's Young Athlete of the Year Award. She was first-team All-CIF and CIF Defensive Player of the Year in 2001. Oaks was one of only two high school players to play on the Under-21 U.S. National Team, which won the Nordic Cup last August.

Stacey Lindstrom, MF, Aliso Niguel H.S., Laguna Niguel (Calif.), a 2002 Parade All-American and First-Team All-CIF performer who is graduating high school early to join UCLA in the fall. Ranked the #15 prospect in the country by Soccer America.

Katie Rivera, F, Santa Margarita H.S., Mission Viejo (Calif.), was a First-Team All-CIF selection as a junior. Rivera missed her senior season due to a torn ACL. She was a member of the Under-19 U.S. National Team Pool.

Allie True, Monte Vista H.S., Alamo (Calif.), a member of the Under-19 U.S. National Team and one of the top players from Northern California. She was a 2001 NSCAA/Adidas High School All-American and has been recognized as a top national player since participating in Under-14 Nationals.

Iris Mora, F, Cancun, Mexico, is considered one of the best young players in the world, and ranked the #8 prospect to enter college from the class of 2002 by Soccer America. She hasn't passed her SAT as of yet.

The signees in more sports are on the way...

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