Poppell signs fourth swimmer for 2009-10

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team has added its fourth swimmer and fifth overall signee for the 2009-10 season, head Razorback coach Jeff Poppell announced.

Courtney Hubbard, a freestyle and butterfly competitor, joins the Razorbacks after a successful career at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas.

“We are thrilled to have Courtney joining us next year,” Poppell said. “She is a great kid, comes from a fantastic Plano program (City of Plano Swimmers) coached by Steve Mateer, and possesses a strong desire to be successful both in the pool and in the classroom. We think she will fit in great with our current team and should help add valuable depth to our middle distance freestyle group.”

At Plano, Hubbard, a two-time All-American, was a four year varsity letterman and captain of the swim team her senior year. During her high school career, Hubbard helped her team to a fifth place finish at the Texas 5-A State Championships as a freshman, competed at the district, regional and state championships and was a Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association finalist in both her sophomore and junior seasons.

A school record holder in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay, Hubbard earned a place on the all-state team in three events and was district champion in the 100 free in her senior year at Plano.

As a member of City of Plano Swimmers since the age of seven, Hubbard was a Texas Swimming Association TAGS, sectional and Texas Senior Circuit qualifier.

Strong academically, Hubbard took multiple advanced placement classes at Plano and was a member of Students Taking Action Not Drugs.

Born in Carrollton, Texas, Hubbard is the only daughter of Robert and Gina Hubbard and has a younger brother, Connor. Hubbard plans to study psychology at Arkansas.

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