May 3, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
The Florida State University Swimming and Diving program announced today the signing of three additional athletes to National Letters of Intent. Robby Hayes signed to join the men’s team beginning in August 2007 while Brittany Selts and Katherine Adham will join the women’s squad.
Hayes is a native of Alpharetta, Ga., where he attends The Marist School. He swims for coach Mark Minier at Swim Atlanta. One of FSU’s most versatile recruits, his career best times are 1:52.48 in the 200-yard IM, 4:03.5 in the 400-yard IM, 58.21 in the 100-yard breaststroke, 51.36 in the 100-yard butterfly and 21.36 in the 50-yard freestyle.
“To be a good IM’er, you can’t really have a bad stroke,” said Florida State head coach Neil Harper. “He’s someone that has progressed a lot through the last couple of years and someone that I see as a great college prospect. We have a need right now for a good IM’er and he meets that need, but the good thing is that he can help us out in the breaststroke, in the butterfly and in the sprint freestyle. I’m just excited that he is coming to Florida State and he is excited about the opportunity to get to work and see what he can do.
Selts, the Miami, Fla. native is a product of Palmetto High School. She swam for the Miami Swimming Club under Coach Andy DeAngulo. She is a 2007 senior national qualifier and one of the fastest sprinters coming out of Florida this year. Her career short course bests for the 50 and 100 freestyles are 23.60 and 52.46. Her top time in the 100 butterfly is 56.67.
“I’m excited about Brittany because she is a talent,” added coach Harper. “She has some natural speed and she really had a good spring nationals. She improved on her best times and she is really starting to come into her own. We’re really excited to keep a home-grown talent like her in the state. I’m excited to give her the opportunity to train with some great sprinters and really looking forward to her contributing in the 50 and 100 Free as well as the 100 Fly.”
Adham is a native of Orlando, Fla. and attends Dr. Phillips High School. She is a member of Team Orlando Diving and coached by Wendy and Jay Lerew. Adham was runner up at the 2007 FHSAA diving finals and a Two-Time High School All American. She will enroll in the FSU Honors program this fall. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, and an Academic All American.
“I think she’s going to be a great addition to our team,” said head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. “She’s very pre-disposed to being a good diver in college because she can twist well. I think she will have a real advantage coming into our format. She is very strong and her biggest upside is the fact that she hasn’t been diving very long. I believe that she is still very motivated to get better, so I think we are getting her on the upside.”
The trio of spring signees join Ian Rowe, Scott Baker, Jocelyn Phillips and CJ Henry who signed in the fall to make up the recruiting class of 2007.