UGA signing roundup: Women’s tennis lands third signee; Swimming signs triplets

Hannah King signed a letter of intent and will join the Georgia women’s tennis program next fall. King trains with Brian Devilliers at Lifetime Tennis Academy.

“We’re thrilled that Hannah is going to be joining our team next year,” Georgia coach Jeff Wallace said. “She has had an outstanding tennis career so far and she’s going to bring a great dynamic to our program for years to come.”

King received a wild card into the U.S. Open Junior Championships qualifying this year. In 2011, she played in the main draw of the U.S. Open Junior Championships in both singles and doubles, and was a finalist in multiple ITF events. King has sported a Top 100 ITF ranking, and has been ranked in the top five in her recruiting class by Tennisrecruiting.net since her freshman year.

King was born in Athens and both of her parents attended UGA. King is the third women’s tennis player to sign with Georgia this fall. Caroline Brinson will join the team in January while Mariana Gould will enroll with King next fall.

Litherland Triplets Sign With Georgia Swimming

Bulldog swimming signs triplets

Jay, Kevin and Mick Litherland of Alpharetta have signed letters of intent with Georgia’s men’s swimming team, becoming the first set of triplets ever to join the Bulldogs’ program.

The Litherlands compete for Dynamo Swim Club under coaches Rich Murphy and Jason Turcotte, and they attend Chattahoochee High School.

“We are extremely excited about having these three young men join us,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said in a news release. “They are all great swimmers, and they are highly thought of in the swimming world nationally. Each one is a talented young man, and they will have a profound effect on our program, particularly at the NCAAs level. They all had extremely successful summers, and they are all on their way up. I am looking forward to seeing what they do for Georgia and for themselves.”

Jay Litherland is a member of the United States National Junior Team in the individual medley events. He was the bronze medalist in the 400 individual medley at the Junior Nationals. He came in sixth in the 400 individual medley in the World Junior Championships and was seventh in the 400 individual medley in the FINA World Cup. He set two state records and three high school marks. He is ranked No. 2 in the 400 individual medley and No. 4 in the 200 individual medley and holds top-10 rankings in the 1,000 freestyle and the 200 backstroke.

Kevin Litherland is a member of the United States National Junior Team in the 1,500 freestyle. He was the bronze medalist in the 800 freestyle in the U.S. Open and in the 1,500 freestyle at the Junior Nationals. He holds the country’s top time in the 800 freestyle and has top-15 national rankings in the 400 and 1,500 freestyle and the 400 individual medley. He established two state records and two high school marks.

Mick Litherland was a finalist at the Junior Nationals in the 200 butterfly and the 400 individual medley. He set one state and three high school records. He is No. 7 nationally in the 200 butterfly and has top-25 rankings in the 400 individual medley and the 800 freestyle. He has been recognized as a Scholastic All-American.

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