Women's Tennis Inks Two To National Letters Of Intent

Eastern Washington Women's Tennis head coach Dustin Hinson has announced the signing of two future Eagles to National Letters of Intent Tuesday, Apr. 29.

Janaya Smith (Kingston, Tasmania/St. Mary's College) and Rachel Swindell (Christchurch, New Zealand/Saint Kentigern College) will join Eastern in time for the 2014-15 campaign.

Both signees will enter EWU as freshman and each will have four years of eligibility to compete.

"I'm really excited to have two extremely talented student-athletes join our Eagle tennis family this Fall," Hinson said. "Both are excellent students and are committed to being successful in the classroom as well as on the court at EWU. They will immediately make our lineup stronger and will contribute a tremendous amount to the future success of women's tennis here at Eastern."

A four-time winner of the prestigious 18-under Pardey Shield State School Championship, Smith comes to Eastern with a decorated athletic background. She is just the second female to win a state title in four consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2013 and was part of Australia's 18-under Merit Team and was a state representative to Australia's national teams.

Smith also competed in gymnastics, track and field and softball, winning the state long jump title in 2011 while leading her softball team to undefeated seasons in 2010 and 2013.

Smith plans to major in education while at EWU.

"Janaya has been the No. 1 tennis player in Tasmania her entire junior career," Hinson said. "The great success she has had in multiple sports shows that she is a gifted athlete and is committed to giving her best no matter what challenge she pursues. She has an aggressive, no-nonsense playing style on the tennis court and she has the confidence to compete with anyone. This is a really potent combination and I can't wait to work with Janaya and see her in action next season."

Swindell's junior career has been defined by winning at all levels. As a senior in high school, she led her team to the New Zealand Secondary School title and a place in the World Secondary School Championships. In her first two years of high school, Swindell was a part of New Zealand Secondary School championship teams at St. Andrew's College.

Swindell is currently undecided on a major.

"In addition to being a top recruit from her class in New Zealand, Rachel has already experienced great success in her tennis career," Hinson said. "She is used to working hard and she is used to winning. It is that kind of winning attitude that makes me really excited when it comes to Rachel. Her success has given her confidence and she believes she will make even bigger strides on the tennis court here at Eastern."

The two signees will join five returning letter winners from this year's team.

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