April 30, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio - Adding an 11th student-athlete to the Class of 2011, the Miami University women's swimming and diving team and head coach Dave Jennings announced today (April 30) the signing of Hamilton, Ohio native Leila Sloneker to a National Letter of Intent. The Badin High School product competes in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events and enhances an already impressive signing class, which includes nine early signees and one spring commitment.
"Leila is one of the most talented sprinters coming out of Southwestern Ohio this year," Jennings said. "As the valedictorian of her class, Leila will be a tremendous asset to Miami both athletically and academically."
A state finalist all four years of high school, Sloneker's most impressive season came as senior when she was district champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle and posted third-place state finishes in both sprint freestyle events. Named as the Greater Girl's Cincinnati League Swimmer of the Year in each of the last three seasons, Sloneker racked up a slew of impressive honors during her prep career, as she was named to the Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star Team, honored as an all-academic selection and tabbed as team MVP. Sloneker's personal-best times in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle would have placed her among the top 16 at the Mid-American Conference Championships last season.
"Leila has the potential to be a major contributor in the sprint events at the MAC level," Jennings said. "She is joining an already strong sprint group that is only graduating one sprinter, and she has been prepared to really improve in college."
Sloneker also was a successful club swimmer for Jay Frentsos at the Greater Miami YMCA.
As the 11th signee in one of Jennings' top signing classes, Sloneker joins Miami signees Megan Brunn (Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield), Sarah Bullock (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual), Carly Gibson (Silver Spring, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), Jensen Henry (Omaha, Neb./Westside), Miranda Kaltenborn (Memphis, Tenn./St. Mary's Episcopal School), Katherine Reinmann (Alpharetta, Ga./Chattahoochee), Nicole Roddenbery (Peachtree, Ga./McIntosh), Katie Swank (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State), Kelsey Vehr (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) and Maria Viverette (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic).
Ten different states are represented in Miami's 11-person signing class, with incoming student-athletes hailing from Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Kansas and Nebraska. Sloneker is one of two signees from Southwest Ohio, joining St. Ursula's Kelsey Vehr from Cincinnati.
SLONEKER QUICK FACTS: Competes in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events ... comes to Miami from Badin High School in Hamilton, Ohio ... district champion in the 500 and 100 freestyle as a senior ... swam for Jay Frentsos and the Greater YMCA club team ... valedictorian of Badin High School.
Miami Swimming and Diving Signees (11)
Megan Brunn - Breaststroke/Individual Medley (Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield)
Sarah Bullock - Freestyle (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual)
Carly Gibson - Freestyle/Butterfly (Silver Spring, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross)
Jensen Henry - Freestyle/Butterfly (Omaha, Neb./Westside)
Miranda Kaltenborn - Distance Freestyle/Individual Medley (Memphis, Tenn./St. Mary's Episcopal School)
Katherine Reinmann - Backstroke/Butterfly (Alpharetta, Ga./Chattahoochee)
Nicole Roddenbery - Butterfly (Peachtree, Ga./McIntosh)
Leila Sloneker - Sprint Freestyle/Butterfly (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin)
Katie Swank - Freestyle/Individual Medley (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State)
Kelsey Vehr - Breaststroke/Freestyle (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy)
Maria Viverette - Backstroke (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic)