Women's Cross Country Adds To Outstanding Class

May 2, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's cross country team strengthened an already impressive signing class of incoming freshmen with the announcement that the program signed Lauren Swigart from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. to a national letter of intent, Head Coach Tom Service announced today.

Swigart joins Shannon Bell from Spokane, Wash., Julie Gabelein from Langley, Wash., Sarah Krtil from Sacramento, Calif. and Sarah Scott from Portland, Ore., who previously signed letters of intent to join the Bronco distance program when the team assembles for preseason drills in August.

"Lauren is a very talented runner and her progress this season in cross country and track has been incredible," said Service. "Lauren has demonstrated in the past few months that she is definitely ready to step up to a Division I collegiate program. Her mileage background in high school should allow for a speedy transition to college competition and I anticipate Lauren challenging for a top 5 position on the team from day one."

Lauren Swigart will be a Bronco this fall for the women's distance program.

Swigart will graduate in May from La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, Calif. where she led her cross country team to back-to-back undefeated seasons and three CIF team championships. She was a four-time all-Coastal Conference selection and all-CIF honoree as well as earning team MVP honors in each of her four seasons. Swigart owns a 5,000-meter personal cross country best time of 19:40 and has run 17:58 in the 5,000-meters on the track. Her time of 11:18.24 in the 3,200-meters this spring is the currently the sixth-best prep time in the San Diego section of the state.

2002-2003 Santa Clara Women's Cross Country Signees
Name, Class, Hometown / Current School
Shannon Bell, Fr.-HS, Spokane, Wash. / Gonzaga Prep
Julie Gabelein, Fr.-HS, Langley, Wash. / South Whidbey
Sarah Krtil, Fr.-HS, Sacramento, Calif. / St. Francis
Sarah Scott, Fr.-HS, Portland, Ore. / Jesuit
Lauren Swigart, Fr.-HS, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. / La Jolla Country Day