Nov. 27, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Kimberlee John-Williams and Anna Kolanowski have signed national letters of intent with the Georgia women’s swimming team, Coach Jack Bauerle announced on Tuesday.
John-Williams is native of Sevilla, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago, and she attends The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she is coached by Dan Flack. John-Williams holds the national record in the 50-meter backstroke for Trinidad & Tobago, and she represented her country in the 2011 Junior World Championships. John-Williams is the No. 5-ranked prospect in the 100-yard backstroke. She won the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly at the 2012 Tennessee high school state meet. John-Williams was a member of the Baylor 200-yard freestyle relay that set the national record.
“Kimberlee was a big part of the No. 1 program in the country last year, so she knows what it takes to be on a championship team,” Bauerle said. “She’s definitely a team player. She will help us right away in the backstroke and she’s strong in the sprint fly. She has great size, ability and potential. She’s a great young lady with character and a strong work ethic.”
Kolanowski is native of Brinklow, Md., and she attends Mill Creek High School. She swims for Rockville Montgomery Swim Club under Coach Scott Vekeman. Kolanowski’s top attributes are in freestyle and butterfly and, according to Bauerle, her love for Georgia.
“From the first time we met Anna, she expressed a desire and a passion to be a Bulldog,” Bauerle said. “She really, really wanted to be a Bulldog, and she’s done everything possible to prepare herself to take a spot on our team. Her improvement curve has really impressed us. She’s shown great range in the freestyle distances. If she continues to improve the way we think she will, she will be a factor. She will add a lot of spirit to our practices.”