LITTLE ROCK - UALR Swimming and Diving head coach Amy Burgess is pleased to announce Friday (Nov. 22) the addition of two swimmers for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The Trojans will welcome Anela Everett and Tori Fryar next season. Both will come to UALR from the state of Texas.
“We are thrilled to announce the signing of Tori and Anela,” Burgess said. “It is always exciting to have athletes make early commitments. We look forward to adding even more student-athletes in the spring.”
Below is a closer look at the two signees:
Henderson, Texas / Tatum HS
The only member of her high school swimming team, Everett also competes for the Champion Aquatic Club under head coach Clark Wilson. She was an All-State performer in the 500 free in 2011 and 2013, also making All-State in the 200 free in 2011. Everett was a district champion in the 200 and 500 free in 2011 and 2012, winning District Female Swimmer of the Year honors in 2012. Other accomplishments include finishing as a region silver medalist in 2012 and a bronze medalist in 2011 in the 500 free.
Finally, Everett was a TAGS qualifier in 2009 and 2010 while making the Speedo hard cut in the 400 free.
Burgess on Everett: “We are very excited to have Anela join us for the 2014-2015 season as she will add more depth to our distance events. We are excited to see how she develops over the next four years.”
Pottsboro, Texas / Denison HS
Fryar competes for Denison HS under head coach Joni Druham and for Frisco Aquatics Club under head coach Dan McDonough. She was named the 2011 District Outstanding Female Swimmer after capturing the 100 and 200 free titles. She also earned Second Team All-State honors in the 100 free and Honorable Mention All-State honors in the 200 free in 2011. Everett again captured district titles in the 100 and 200 free in 2012, receiving TISCA All-State Honorable Mention accolades in the 200 free. In 2013, Fryar won district titles in the 200 and 500 free while earning TISCA All-State First Team honors in the 500 free. She also won Second Team All-State honors in the 200 free.
Besides excelling in the pool, Fryar also succeeds in the classroom. In 2013, she was named to the TISCA All-State Academic Team.
Burgess on Fryar: “Tori will help is in the backstroke and mid-distance freestyle events. Losing Kara Raney and Holly Myers will be tough, so Tori has some big shoes to fill. However, we are excited to see her rise to the challenge. Tori has a lot of potential and will be fun to watch.”