Jordan Signs Seven More Ladies Swimmers for 2006-07
Tuesday, May 23, 2006

SHREVEPORT – Seven additional women’s swimmers will join the 2006-07 Ladies program, head coach Butch Jordan announced today.  The group will add depth and skill to a program that broke almost every school record in the 2005-06 campaign.


Jessica Brown (Flower Mound, Texas / Flower Mound HS), Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas / Flower Mound HS), Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood HS), Kendra Norman (Powder Springs, Ga. / Powder Springs HS), Sarah Schultz (Tulsa, Okla. / Edison Preparatory HS), Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss. / Clinton HS), and Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood, Colo. / Cherry Creek HS) will all enter Centenary as freshman in 2006-07.


Brown swam for Jason Kiplinger at Flower Mound HS and for Matt Rowe’s Lakeside Aquatic Club.  She was a teammate of current Gents captain Ross Gilbert at Lakeside.


“With four years of swimming under her belt,” Jordan said, “Jessica has huge potential for improvement in all her events.  She will be a valuable asset in the 100 and 200 fly, and the 50 free.”


Loy was a teammate of Brown’s at Lakeside and also swam with Gilbert and current Ladies swimmer Alana Gregory.


“Becca has the potential to be the fastest breaststroker on the Centenary team her freshman year.  We expect her to final at the Mid-Con championships her freshman year.”


Nazzal joins Centenary with fellow Blue Tide club team teammates David Berude and Clayton Carter.


“Natalie will be another valuable weapon in our sprint group.  She has great potental for us in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles and will be a strong leg of our 200 and 400 relays.”


Norman swam for Yit Lim’s Marietta Marlins Swim Club with fellow incoming freshman Alex Opland.  She began her swimming career in locally for Jordan’s City of Shreveport Swim Team (COSST) as a nine-year-old.


“It will be good having Kendra swim in Shreveport again.  She will be an asset to the ever-growing sprint group.  As a youngster, Kendra was a strong breaststroker and we hope to reopen that chapter.”


Schultz swam for David Lynn’s Swim Tulsa club team in Tulsa, Okla.  She will also be very involved in the Centenary music department, playing the flute and the piccolo.


“Sarah will be a great addition to our swim team.  She adds depth to all our freestyle events and is versatile enough to score in any free event from the 100 to the 1650.”


Vaughan comes to Centenary from Brian and Eddie Ware’s Mississippi Makos club team in Jackson, Miss.  She was the Mississippi state champion in the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyles.


“We are very excited to have Maggie on board.  She will be invaluable in the distance free events.  Maggie can score in the top-three at the Mid-Con championships in her first year.  She is the kind of athlete that coaches love with a great work ethic and loves to train.”


Wyatt swam for Shawn Smith’s Denver Hilltoppers swim club and should compete in a variety of events at Centenary.


“Leslie is a well rounded swimmer and will help Centenary’s scoring at the Mid-Con championships.  She could be a scorer in both 200 and 400 IM events as well as in the 100 and 200 fly.  Leslie’s coach is very keen on her and he expects her to flourish in the college environment.”


2006-07 Centenary Women’s Swimming Signees

Jessica Brown – 5-3, free, fly - Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)

Rebecca Loy – back - Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)

Natalie Nazzal – 5-5, free - Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood HS)

Kendra Norman – free - Powder Springs, Ga. (Powder Springs HS)

Sarah Schultz – 5-6, Distance free -Tulsa, Okla. (Edison Preparatory HS)

Maggie Vaughan – 5-6, Distance free, fly - Clinton, Miss. (Clinton HS)

Leslie Wyatt – 5-7, back, IM - Greenwood, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS)