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Wisconsin women's hockey coach Mark Johnson will coach U.S. women's national team at the IIHF World Championships next year; Badger swimming program signs two more; volleyball announces 2006 captains.

Mark Johnson, the University of Wisconsin's women's hockey coach, will be the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship April 3-10, 2007, in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Manitoba, USA Hockey announced today.

Johnson, entering his fifth year as head coach at Wisconsin, led the Badgers to their first NCAA championship in 2005-06. The team compiled a 36-4-1 record, including a 24-3-1 mark in the WCHA. The Badgers won their conference regular season and postseason tournament. The 2005-06 American Hockey Coaches Association Women's Division I Coach of the Year, Johnson has compiled a 111-27-10 record over four years at Wisconsin, ranking him first among active women's coaches in winning percentage (.783).

Johnson's USA Hockey experience includes time both behind the bench and on the ice. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Men's National Team which competed in the 2002 IIHF World Championship. He served in a similar capacity at the 2000 IIHF World Championship, and worked as an on-ice assistant coach at the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp in September 2001.

Johnson has also represented the United States as a player in 13 international tournaments, including the 1980 Olympics. He scored two goals in the "Miracle On Ice" game against the Soviet Union in the semifinals of that tournament to help Team USA to a gold medal.

Swimming inks two

UW announced today that its swimming program has signed two more athletes for the incoming freshman class of 2006-07: Lance Carriaga and Al Morrison.

Carriaga, from Carlsbad (N.M.) High School, won All-American honors at the 2005 USA Swimming Junior Championships, helping his 200 medley relay team to an eighth-place finish.

Morrison, of Fenton (Mich.) High School, was an all-state diver as a senior, having placed seventh in the 1-meter at Michigan's Division 2 state meet.

The Badger men's and women's swimming teams had previously signed 21 athletes for the class of 2006-07.

"Lance and Al help round out the largest incoming freshman class that we've ever had," UW men's and women's head coach Eric Hansen said. "We're very proud to have these 23 recruits choose Wisconsin because this group will help us continue our strong traditions at the Big Ten and NCAA levels."

Volleyball names captains

Senior setter Katie Lorenzen will captain the UW volleyball team this season, while seniors outside hitter Maria Carlini and middle blocker/outside hitter Amy Bladow will serve as assistant captains, UW volleyball coach Pete Waite announced last week.

"I think we've got a good group of leaders in our senior class and they're going to make great captains," Waite said. "After spring training, we had our team vote for the players they respect the most and who they think would lead the team well."

Lorenzen has played in 29 matches in her career, starting nine at setter. She has averaged 9.40 assists, 1.70 digs and 0.68 blocks per game in her career. As a junior, she played in 17 matches, starting five, and averaged 9.03 assists, 1.60 digs and 0.77 blocks per game.

Carlini ranked second on the team with 3.13 kills and 2.92 digs per game last season. She has played in 92 matches in her career, starting 58. She has averaged 2.34 kills, 2.27 digs and 0.59 blocks per game.

Bladow has averaged 1.43 kills and 0.72 blocks per game in 76 career matches (32 starts). As a junior, Bladow saw limited playing time as a backup opposite hitter. She played in 23 matches, averaging 0.83 kills and 0.22 blocks per game.

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