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Auburn Signs Binder, Peirsol and Swindle for Women's Team -- November 20, 2002

AUBURN, Alabama, November 20. THE rich keep getting richer. The Auburn University women's swimming team announced today that it has signed three girls who are members of the 2002 United States Swimming National
"A" Team, to national letters of intent. The announcement was made this afternoon by Auburn Head Coach David Marsh.

The three signees during the early period are Adrienne Binder (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Hayley Peirsol (Irvine, Calif.) and Christina Swindle (Miami, Fla.).

"This is probably our best recruiting class ever," Marsh said. "This list is packed with quality and should prove to be not just a great class for the NCAA's, but also for national and international events down the road."

Binder joins the Tigers from Ira Klein's Santa Barbara Swim Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. A Scholastic All-American, she is a member of the US Swimming National
"A" team for 2002 after being on the "B" team in 2001. Ranked fourth in the 1500 meter free (16:19.34) and 10th in the 400 meter IM (4:44.65) in the world, she competed at the 2002 US Spring Nationals, winning the 400 IM, and placing second in both the 400 and 1500 meter freestyles.

Other international exposure for her came in 2000 when she was a member of the National Junior Team and again in 2001 as she competed in the Goodwill Games. A product of San Marcos High School, she chose Auburn over USC, Florida, Georgia and Stanford.

"Adrienne is going to come in and do exactly what Magda
(Dyszkiewicz) did at a whole new level," Auburn Co-Head Women's Coach Kim Brackin said. "She is going to come in and set the new standard in the distance events for us and force the program to rise to her level. We are very excited about Adrienne joining us here at Auburn."

Peirsol heads to Auburn from Irvine, Calif., and Brent
Lorenzen's Novaquatics club team. A distance freestyler, she ranks seventh in the world in both the 800 meter free (8:30.92) and the 1500 meter free (16:27.78), which slots her on the National "A" Team as well. She is also ranked 16th in the world in the 400 meter free (4:12.44).

Over the past two years, she has participated in the Senior Nationals and was a member of the National Junior Team. As a member of the Junior National Team, she won the 1650 and 100 yard freestyles in 2000. She
also swam in the Pan Pacific Games in Japan this past summer, placing third in the 800 meter free. Her older brother, Aaron, was a silver medalist on the 2000 Olympic team nad currently holds the world record in that event.

An honor roll student at Newport Harbor High School, she chose Auburn over Arizona, USC, California and Florida.

"Hayley just keeps getting better and better recently," Brackin said. "It is going to be very exciting to help her actualize her talents. Her addition makes the future of Auburn swimming very
exciting."

Swindle, who is currently ranked seventh in the world in the 50 meter free (25.29) and is a member of the US National "A" Team, comes to Auburn from Gulliver Preparatory High School of Miami, Fla. SwimInfo announced her decision to go to Auburn more than a month ago.

A sprint freestyler, she swam for Andy De Angulo and Miami Swimming. The US Open Champion in both the 50 and 100 meter freestyles in 2000 and 2001, she holds the National High School record in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyles and is currently ranked first in both events at both levels. In 2001 she was named the Speedo NISCA National High School Swimmer of the Year as well as Swimming World's National High School Swimmer of the Year, an award she also won in 2000.

This past year she claimed the championship in the 50 meter free at the 2002 Spring Nationals while also placing third in the 100 meter free. She chose Auburn over Georgia, Cal-Berkley and Stanford.

"We are very enthused about Christina joining the Auburn swimming family," Brackin said. "She is someone who came through the Auburn swimming camps as a youngster and has always had a desire to come and swim at Auburn."

The Auburn diving program added two signees to the list of already outstanding divers already at Auburn, Diving Coach Jeff Shaffer announced.

Steven Segerlin (Webster, N.Y.) and Lynnsey Segraves (Logansport, Ind.) will both join the Tigers for the 2003-04 school year.

"I am very happy to have Steven and Lynnsey joining the Auburn diving team," Shaffer said. "They have the potential to make us one of the most formidable diving squads in the country next year."

Segerlin comes to The Plains from Webster Schroeder High School in Webster, N.Y., where he dove for Carolyn Carlton both in high school and with the FAST Diving Team. A two-time New York State High School
Champion and a three-time High School All-American, he has also had a decorated national career. At the 2002 Senior Nationals, his peers voted him the Most Outstanding Athlete of the event while he was also awarded the Athlete Performance Award as he placed second on the platform (592.62), eighth on the on the 3-meter (529.29) and 13th on the 1-meter (284.34).

At the 2002 Junior Nationals, he won the platform (515.70) and finished second on the 1-meter (509.30) and third on the 3-meter (564.76). A member of the high school honor roll all four quarters last academic year, he chose Auburn and its aerospace engineering program over Texas, Purdue, Michigan and Indiana.

"Steven has already proven himself at the highest level of diving," Shaffer said. "I expect him to form one of the best diving teams in the nation with Caesar (Garcia) and Matt (Bricker). He could be a top-three finalist in all three events."

Segraves joins the Tigers from Logansport, Ind., and John Wingfield's Indy Starz diving team. A product of Lewis Cass High School, she is the MJC Conference record holder on the one-meter (484.40). She was also an All-American in 2001-02 as well as First Team All-Conference the past two seasons. She was an All-State First Team selection for the 2001-02 year.

At this past Junior Summer Nationals, she placed fourth on the platform and 19th on the 3-meter. During the Junior World Trials, she finished 10th on the platform. A National Honor Roll Inductee, she has an academic interest in sports medicine.

"Though she has a gymnastics background, Lynnsey is a relative newcomer to the sport with a tremendous amount of potential," Shaffer said. "She will contribute right away at both the conference and NCAA
level."