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Auburn Swimming & Diving Signs 11 for 2013-14 Class

Nov. 28, 2012

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AUBURN - A total of 11 top prospects - seven men and four women - will join the Auburn swimming & diving team for the 2013-14 season as Head Coach Brett Hawke released information about the Tigers' signing class today.

Joining the Auburn men's squad for next season will be Taylor Copeland, Kyle Darmody, Forrest Davis, Michael Duderstadt, Arthur Mendes, Joe Patching, and Alan Rabstejnek. The women's team will add four swimmers in Madison Martin, Kristen Murslack, Ashley Neidigh and Mary Elizabeth Warhol.

"We're really excited about another exceptional class of athletes for Auburn swimming and diving," Head Coach Brett Hawke said. "All 11 of these young men and women will make for outstanding additions to the Auburn family and will help carry on the tradition of excellence here. With this class, we were able to address some needs in several areas, and we are excited about the immediate impact they will have. Auburn swimming and diving is committed to excellence in the pool, in the classroom and in our student-athletes' everyday lives, and we're grateful to the club and high school coaches that have helped influence and shape these athletes into individuals that will represent Auburn in a positive manner."

One men's swimmer will join the Tigers in January and compete in the spring portion of the 2012-13 season. Arthur Mendes (Vila Velha, Brazil) signed with Auburn earlier in the fall and looks to make an immediate impact on the Tigers' butterfly corps. Mendes was the bronze medalist at the 2011 World Junior Championships in the 100-meter fly and holds the Brazilian junior record in the event. He looks to follow in the footsteps of countrymen Cesar Cielo and Marcelo Chierighini as Brazilians to find immediate success at Auburn.

The Tiger men will get a boost to their backstroke group next fall. Kyle Darmody (Charlotte, N.C.) and Joe Patching (Plymouth, England) are two of the top-rated backstrokers in the 2013 class; Darmody is the No. 4 overall recruit and Patching is ranked 13th overall by Darmody competed in multiple events at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and he also swam for Team USA at the 2012 Junior Pan-Pacific Games. Patching, meanwhile, was the fastest junior backstroker in all of Europe last year, and swam for Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in Serbia.

Four others will add depth to the Tigers in 2013. Taylor Copeland (Richmond, Va.) is another backstroker that ranks as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Virginia. He will be joined by Forrest Davis (Hightstown, N.J.) and Michael Duderstadt (Panama City, Fla.), both 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials participants, and Alan Rabstejnek (Alpharetta, Ga.), one of the top high school swimmers in the state of Georgia.

On the women's side, Auburn brings in Ashley Neidigh (Jacksonville, Fla.), another star from the renowned Bolles program, who could make an immediate impact in the distance freestyle events. Neidigh was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials participant, as were fellow signees Madison Martin (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and Mary Elizabeth Warhol (Yorktown, Va.). Martin was a three-time state champion at Pickerington High School, and Warhol was rated as the No. 3 overall recruit in Virginia. Martin will swim the sprint freestyle and butterfly events, and Warhol will add depth to an already strong backstroke group.

Kristen Murslack (Gibsonia, Pa.) the No. 47 overall prospect in the nation, rounds out the 2013 class. Murslack was a Junior Nationals finalist in 2012 and won a Pennsylvania state title in the 100 breast; her versatility will allow her to swim the breaststroke, butterfly and IM events.

Taylor Copeland

Hometown: Richmond, Va.
High School: Deep Run
Club: NOVA
Event(s): Backstroke
Notes: Rated as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Virginia by ... Named a Scholastic All-American ... All-Metro Richmond 1st Team ... Club team won Virginia senior championship all four years and NSCA Juniors national title in 2010 ... Top times (SCY): 100 back (49.87), 200 back (1:48.80), 100 fly (51.70) and 200 fly (1:53.72) ... Plans to major in pre-pharmacy.

Kyle Darmody

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Providence
Club: SwimMAC Carolina
Event(s): Sprint Free/Backstroke
Notes: Competed at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke... Ranked as the No. 4 overall recruit in the nation by ... Competed for United States at 2012 Junior Pan-Pacific Games ... Holds North Carolina state record and SwimMAC Carolina age group record (15-18) in 50m free (23.27) and 15-16 100m free (51.45) ... Helped Providence High School to third straight North Carolina state title in 2012 ... Trained under former Auburn swimmers Jeremy Knowles and James Wike at SwimMAC Carolina ... Top times (SCY): 50 free (20.22), 100 free (44.19), 200 free (1:38.97), 100 back (48.87).

Forrest Davis

Hometown: Hightstown, N.J.
High School: Peddie School
Club: Peddie Aquatic Association
Event(s): Breaststroke
Notes:Competed at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in 200m breaststroke ... Rated as No. 4 recruit in the state of New Jersey ... Moved from childhood home in Sun Valley, Idaho, to New Jersey to train at the Peddie School ... Team captain ... High school All-American ... Won National Age Group Award for 200 breaststroke (LCM) ... Won 100 breast and helped team to wins in 200 free relay and 200 medley relay at 2012 Eastern Interscholastic Championship ... Qualifier for U.S. Nationals and U.S. Open in 2012 ... Competed at Jr. Nationals 2010-12 ... Top Times (SCY): 100 breast (56.79), 200 breast (2:07.97) ... Top Times (LCM): 100m breast (1:05.17) and 200m breast (2:19.47).

Michael Duderstadt

Hometown: Panama City, Fla.
High School: Mosley
Club: Panama City Swim Team
Event(s): Breaststroke/IM
Notes:Competed at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in 200m breaststroke ... Was the first-ever Trials qualifier from Panama City Swim Team ... Won 100 breaststroke and 200 IM at 2012 Florida state high school meet ... Helped Mosley High School to runner-up finish at meet, including a win in 200 medley relay ... Fifth in 200 breast at USA Swimming Junior Nationals ... Owns seven Panama City Swim Team records (long-course) ... Top times (SCY): 100 Breast (55.08), 200 Breast (2:02.80), 200 IM (1:50.01) ... Top times (LCM): 100 Breast (1:05.7), 200 Breast (2:19.26), 200 IM (2:09.15)

Arthur Mendes

Hometown: Vila Velha, Brazil
Club: Corinthians
Event(s): Butterfly/Freestyle
Notes:Will enroll at Auburn in January 2013 and join Tigers for spring season ... Won bronze medal at 2011 World Junior Championships in 100m butterfly, the only South American to win a medal ... Owns Brazilian junior record in 100m fly ... 18-time Brazilian champion ... Four-time South American school champion ... Has long-course butterfly times (52.70 100 fly; 2:00 200 fly) that convert to NCAA scoring times in short-course yards.

Joe Patching

Hometown: Plymouth, England
High School: Plymouth College
Club: Plymouth Leander Swimming Club
Event(s): Backstroke
Notes:Ranked as the No. 13 overall recruit in the class of 2013 by ... Was the fastest junior backstroker in Europe last year ... Competed for Great Britain at European Junior Championships in Serbia, finishing fourth in 200m backstroke and helping 4x100 medley relay to 4th-place finish ... Owns three British age group records in the backstroke events.

Alan Rabstejnek

Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
High School: Chattahoochee
Club: Dynamo Swim Club
Event(s): Breaststroke
Notes:Rated as No. 6 overall recruit in the state of Georgia by ... Helped Chattahoochee High School to a runner-up finish at 2012 Georgia high school state meet ... Finished fourth in 100 breaststroke at 2012 GHSA state meet ... Helped CHS 200 medley relay team to state title in 2011 ... Top Times (SCY): 100 Breast (58.64), 200 Breast (2:04.35) ... Top Times (LCM): 100 Breast (1:05.0), 200 Breast (2:22.1)

Madison Martin

Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
High School: Pickerington
Club: Greater Columbus
Event(s): Sprint Freestyle/Butterfly
Notes:Ranked the No. 4 recruit in Ohio by ... Three-time state champion swimmer for Pickerington High School Central ... Won the 100 butterfly at 2012 Ohio state high school meet ... Competed at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in 100 butterfly ... Top times (SCY): 100 free (50.86), 100 fly (53.34)


Kristen Murslack

Hometown: Gibsonia, Pa.
High School: Pine Richland
Club: Pine Richland Aquatics
Event(s): Breast/Fly/IM
Notes:Rated as the No. 6 prospect in Pennsylvania and the No. 47 prospect in the U.S. by ... Pennsylvania high school state champion in 100 breast in 2011 ... Three-time WPIAL champion in 200 IM and two-time league champion in 100 breast ... Member of national team for Pine Richland Aquatics ... Finalist at Jr. Nationals in 2012 ... Holds nine school records and six pool records at Pine Richland HS ... Top times (SCY): 100 breast (1:02.12), 100 fly (55.60), 200 IM (2:00.99) and 200 fly (2:04.90).

Ashley Neidigh

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
High School: Bolles School
Club: Bolles School Sharks
Event(s): Freestyle
Notes:Ranked the No. 36 overall recruit in the United States by ... No. 5 recruit in Florida ... Considered one of the top distance swimmers in the 2013 class ... Competed at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials ... Finished 47th in 800m freestyle ... Also swam 200 breast and 400 IM at Trials ... Finished fourth in 500 free and fifth in 100 breast at 2012 Florida high school state meet ... Top times (SCY): 500 free (4:45.53), 1,000 free (9:49.54), 1,650 free (16:13.50), 200 breast (2:16.75), 200 IM (2:02.75), 400 IM (4:18.05).

Mary Elizabeth Warhol

Hometown: Yorktown, Va.
High School: York
Club: Coast Guard Blue Dolphins
Event(s): Backstroke/Freestyle
Notes: Ranked as the No. 3 overall recruit in Virginia by ... Competed at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials ... Finished 55th in 200 backstroke; also swam 100 backstroke ... Owns 15 age-group records (short course) and 19 age-group records (long course) for Coast Guard Blue Dolphins club team ... Top times (SCY): 200 free (1:49.16), 100 back (55.93), 200 back (1:59.23).



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