Liz Carpenter and Erin Job will join the Wisconsin women's tennis team in the fall of 2005. The two have signed National Letters of Intent, according to Badger head coach Patti Henderson.
Carpenter, from Sierra Madre, Calif., earned four-time all-conference selections at Maranatha High School, where her team won a conference championship and the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern girls' tennis divisional playoff during her senior campaign. She was ranked as high as No. 33 in the Southern California Tennis Association and won the 18s back draw of the Roxy/Quicksilver National Tournament.
Jobe, a native of Corydon, Ky., qualified for the National Hardcourt Championships in the 18-year-old category and was named Evansville Community Tennis Association Player of the Year. She was the runner-up in the 2004 Midwest Open. She played for Henderson County High School and her team won regionals her junior year. She competed at the International School of Bangkok as a freshman and sophomore.
Bryans announces first recruiting class
First-year head women's rowing coach Bebe Bryans announced her first recruiting class at Wisconsin. Theresa Shields, Courtney Beal, Sarah Wrenshall and Kylah Barbola will joint the Wisconsin openweight rowing team in 2005-06.
Shields, a native of Grosse Ile High School in Detroit, is a rower for both her high school and the Wyandotte Boat Club. She finished second in the varsity eight at the 2004 Canadian Schoolboys Regatta in the senior eight. She also runs cross country, having competed in the state meet in 2001 and 2003. Finally, Shields is a competitive synchronized figure skater with Dearborn Figure Skating Club. She won silver with her team at the 2004 U.S. National Championships and placed ninth at the 2004 World Synchronized Team Skating Championship in Zagreb, Croatia last April.
Beal attends Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass. A Randolph, Mass., native, she rows and plays basketball for the Seawolves. In recent results, her crew placed sixth at the 2004 New England Interscholastic Regatta in the second varsity eight.
Wrenshall calls Pittsburgh her home. Currently attending Oakland Catholic High School, she has rowed for the past three years with Steel City Rowing Club. Her junior varsity four placed fourth at the 2003 Scholastic Nationals in Camden, N.J. Wrenshall also boasts 10 years of swimming experience. A 200-, 500- and 800-yard freestyler and a 100-yard backstroker, she was a finalist at the Pittsburgh age group meet and the Western Pennsylvania High School championships. Wrenshall also competed two years as a lacrosse goalie.
Barbola is the lone Wisconsin native among the group. A Berlin, Wis., native, she joins the Badgers from Berlin High School after competing as a center on the basketball team and as a shot put and discus thrower with the track team.
The Badgers are coming off an 11th-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Rowing Championships and are in their first season under head coach Bebe Bryans. Wisconsin completed its 2004 fall season in early November, but resumes action on March 25 in Austin, Texas.