November 30, 2007

Northern Colorado Adds Four To Rosters

Nov. 30, 2007

GREELEY, Colo.--The University of Northern Colorado athletics department announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, three in swimming & diving and one in wrestling. All four student-athletes will be enrolled at Northern Colorado in fall of 2008.

Swimming & Diving

Hannah Halstrom

Hannah Halstrom - Bozeman, Mont. (Bozeman H.S.)

            Hannah is a four year letter for the Hawks and was also team captain for two years. She was named female athlete of the year for the state of Montana and holds state records in the butterfly and the freestyle. Hannah placed 1st at the zones swim meet and has won three state titles including one in the 200m freestyle and two in the 100m butterfly. Hannah is the first signee from Montana to Northern Colorado swimming.


"She will have an immediate impact for the Bears in many events," head coach Nancy Hinrichs said. "She is a quality student and athlete."

Amanda Donegan

Amanda Donegan - Avondale, Ariz. (Westview H.S.)

            Amanda has 12 years of competitive swimming experience and is a four year letter at Westview. She is a two year captain and holds the school record in the 100m breaststroke. Amanda also qualified for the Arizona State High School finals.


"We are really excited about her signing," Hinrichs said. "She is going to join fellow Arizona swimmer Tori Gutt to be a strong force in breaststroke events."


Krista Tippin

Krista Tippin - Waukee, Iowa (Waukee H.S.)

            Krista is a four year letter for the Warriors and a four time conference individual champion. She holds school records in the 100m backstroke and two as a member of medley teams. She has been named to the Iowa all-state team four times and was state runner-up in the 100m backstroke in 2006. Krista was regional champion for four years and placed 5th the state championship this year. She is the first signee from Iowa to Northern Colorado swimming.


"Krista will have an immediate impact on our sprint events for the Bears," Hinrichs said.


Ray Hall

Ray Hall, 160-pounds, Kansas City, Mo. (Oak Park HS)

Hall has earned 10 letters for Oak Park High School, with three to date in wrestling and track & field and four in football. He currently has a record of 116-22 for the Northman and won the 2007 Missouri state championship after placing third as a sophomore and second as a freshman. At the 2007 Junior Nationals in Virginia Beach, Hall took fourth place and he is a four-time All-American. He is projected to wrestle at either 157 or 165 for the Bears.


"We are really pleased to have Ray join the program," said head coach Jack Maughan. "He is one of the top wrestlers in Missouri and comes from one of the best high school programs in the country. They send a lot of wrestlers off to programs all over the nation."