June 17, 2009
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson Women’s Swimming and Diving team’s 2009-10 recruiting class was ranked 25th by Collegeswimming.com, a prominent swimming and diving recruiting and information source. It marks the second consecutive year that an incoming class has been ranked in the top 25, as the men’s class last season was also ranked 25th.
“Lance Asti, our recruiting coordinator, has done a great job of putting together and implementing a system to attract the best student-athletes to fit our program,” says Head Coach Christopher Ip. “Our aquatic staff understands my philosophy of building programs, and worked very hard to create the relationships necessary to get commitments to Clemson. This incoming top 25 class was a staff goal. We want to demonstrate to our team that goal-setting starts from the top and we deliver.”
The class is headlined by top 100 recruits Sarah Andrews and Tori Cervone. Andrews, a native of Centerville, OH, is ranked 74th in the 2009-10 class and was an Olympic trial participant in 2008. Cervone ranks 77th in the 2009-10 class and will compete in freestyle, butterfly, and IM events.
Clemson signed nine top 500 recruits in the 11-member class, including Kristen Redmond (105th), Heather Savage (151st), Kelsey Krauss (169th), Meg Anderson (191st), Kellyn Angell (211th), Laura Browning (394th), and Kelly McGee (457th). Garrison Stevens and Elizabeth Tatum make up the remaining members of the class.
“We are bringing in swimmers and divers that love to compete, have experience at the national level, and enjoy being part of a team. Our staff is excited to partner with these athletes as they help us build our dream for success. Each of these student-athletes knows that they have an opportunity to be immediate impact players for our program, and they thrive on that challenge. “
Clemson is one of four ACC schools to have a top 25 recruiting class. Defending ACC champion Virginia was sixth, Virginia Tech was 14th, and North Carolina was 18th.
Clemson was able to take a large class this season after graduating 14 women from the 2008-2009 team.
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