AUBURN, AL, November 23. AUBURN has released the names and short biographies of eight of its female signees in the fall 2004 signing period. The school will list other recruits as their papers are received.
Blakeley Bunch will join the Tigers from Mike Polk's Boulder City Henderson HEATWAVE Swim Team in Boulder City, Nev. A versatile swimmer, she was the 2003 Review Journal High School Swimmer of the Year and the 2004 Nevada High School 500 free champion. The California/Nevada Sectional Champion in the 200 back and 400 IM, she chose Auburn over California, Tennessee, Washington and Nevada.
Emile Ewing comes to the Plains from Madisonville, Ky., where she swims for Charles Rothe during the year and with Linck and Paul Bergen and the Tualatin Hills Swim Club over the summer. A sprint free and backstroke specialist, she is a six-time Kentucky High School individual state champion. She is also the record holder in 32 Kentucky Age Group Events in SCY, SCM and LCM as well as the Kentucky High School state record holder in the 50 free at 23.45. A 2001 USS Regional Select Camp and 2003 USS National Select Camp attendee, she will graduate from Madisonville North Hopkins High School with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. She chose Auburn over Georgia, Stanford, UCLA and California.
Corey Lynn Gerlach
Cory Lynn Gerlach will join Jeff Shaffer's diving team after spending time under the tutelage of Drew Johansen at the US Elite Diving Academy. A native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, she won the 3-meter title at the CAMO International Invitational in 2003. A silver-medalist at the 2003 Junior Nationals on the 3-meter, she has also claimed state titles during her diving career. An Upper Arlington High School product where she also trained under Kelly King, she chose Auburn over Georgia, Texas, Arizona State and Southern Cal.
Danielle LeClair joins the Tigers from Geoff Brown's NOVA of Virginia Aquatics in Richmond, Va. A butterfly and IM specialist, she finished third in the 2004 Spring Junior Nationals in the 200 fly where she went 2:16.73. She also competed at the 2004 Spring Nationals where she finished 16th in the 200 fly. She too was a 2003 National Select Camp attendee with fellow AU signee Emile Ewing. An honor roll student at Mills E. Godwin High School in Richmond where she has a 4.1 GPA, she has been named Richmond Times-Dispatch Scholar Athlete of the Month during her high school career. She chose Auburn over USC, Virginia, Arizona and North Carolina.
Kara Nelson joins the Tigers from Portland, Oregon, where she attends Jesuit High School. A butterfly specialist, she was a 2004 USA Olympic Team Trials qualifier in the 100 fly, where she placed 36th, though her best time in the LCM event is a 1:01.89. A three-time state champion in the butterfly, she is also a two-time national medley relay team record holder in the 200 and 400 yards. A product of Paul Bergen's Tualatin Hills Thunderbolt Swimming, she has also gotten it done in the classroom, where she has been on the honor roll for three semesters. She chose Auburn over Notre Dame, Purdue and UCLA.
Allison Randall will head to Auburn from Brooke Pate's Huntsville (AL) Swim Association. Primarily a breaststroke and butterfly specialist, she is a five-time Alabama State High School Champion, which included successful defenses of her 100 fly and 100 breast (1:01.99 – LCM) titles this year. A two-time NISCA High School All-American, she was named the 2003 All-Metro Swimmer of the Year. A Huntsville High product, she chose Auburn over Alabama, Kentucky and Florida State.
Julianne McLane heads to Auburn from Concord, Calif., where she swims for Ray Mitchell and the Terrapins Swim Team. A middle distance freestyle and backstroke specialist, she also trained under Steve Allard at Carondelet High School. An Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200 backstroke, her best time in the yards version is a 2:00.96. A National Select Camp attendee, she should provide the Tigers with depth in the 500 free (4:51.93). An All-American for three straight years, she has also been an honor roll student for the last three years.
Whitney Wielgus heads to Jeff Shaffer's diving team from Sugar Land, Texas, and the Woodlands Dive Team where she trains under Ken Armstrong and Adam Soldati. A Senior Nationals qualifier in 2004, she placed eighth on the tower at the event while also garnering a silver medal on the 3-meter at the 2004 Winter West Nationals. The 2004 Summer West champion on the 10-meter, she chose Auburn over Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.