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Swimming and Diving Announces 2009-10 Signing Class

Swimming and Diving Announces 2009-10 Signing Class

Nov. 24, 2008

CLEMSON, SC – Clemson Swimming and Diving Coach Christopher Ip announced his eleven-member class on Monday. The eleven signees represent a national pull, as they hail from nine different states, and includes several state championships, All- American accolades, and two Olympic Trial Participants.

“Recruiting starts with assembling a great coaching staff and I feel that our staff has the blend of strengths to attract the best student-athletes,” said Ip. “Lance Asti, our recruiting coordinator has put together a great plan to reach all possible candidates in the swimming community. With the addition of Ron Turner and his strong ties with USA swimming we have been able to push the tempo on getting the Clemson University name out to all viable student-athletes, and this class represents that.”

Recruiting Coordinator Lance Asti was equally pleased with the class, adding, “This is arguably the best early signing class Clemson Swimming has seen but they will have some big shoes to fill. The best part about this recruiting class, in my opinion, is how balanced they are. Each of them have already demonstrated a commitment to academics and will help lead Clemson Swimming and Diving to great things in the classroom. In this class, we have Academic All-Americans, Presidential Scholarship recipients, and possibly members of the Clemson Honor’s College. We are certainly proud to have them join us.”

Men: * Eric Bruck: Lexington, KY- Sprint Free (Olympic Trial participant was the Kentucky State Champion in the 50 free and 100 free.) * Marcus Elliot: Spartanburg, SC – Sprint free/Fly (South Carolina 4A State Champion (50 free) and State record-holder from local Dorman High.) * Alexander Morres: Bristow, VA – Breaststroke (State record-holder in 100 breast went undefeated in high school career in event and earned 17 USA Swimming `Top 16′ times.)

Ip says: “On the men’s side we only lose three seniors and have picked up three blue chip student-athletes for next season. We targeted specific areas that we need to complement our team and accomplished that goal.”

Women: * Meg Anderson: Tampa, FL – Sprint Free (Six-time All-American was also named Scholastic All-American twice.) * Sarah Andrews: Centerville, OH – Backstroke, IM, Mid-Distance Free (Olympic Trial Participant (200 back) is an eight-time high school All-American and rated as a four-star recruit by Swimming World Magazine.) * Kellyn Angell: Hendersonville, TN – Sprint Free, Back (Holds current state record in 400 free relay and was named Academic All-American.) * Laura Browning: Alpharetta, GA – Breast, IM (Two-time Georgia state champion in breast events and a Junior National Qualifier.) * Tori Cervone: Closter, NJ – Free, Fly, IM (Seven-time national qualifier in short and long course holds four school records.) * Kelsey Krauss: St. Petersburg, FL – Free, Fly (Four-stroke Short Course National qualifier was Florida runner-up in 50 free) * Kristen Redmond: Roswell, GA – Freestyle (Two-Time Georgia state champ (200 free, 500 free) was also the Georgia 5A Swimmer of the Year) * Heather Savage: Canandaigua, NY – Sprint free, Fly (State champion in 200 free relay, also posted career bests in the 50 free and 100 fly in state meet.)

Ip says: “We have picked up eight solid women during early signing all of which will make and immediate impact in the ACC. This is a must to replace our 13 graduating seniors”