Gardner-Webb head swim coach Mike Simpson, signs 11 new Runnin’ Bulldogs for Fall 2014. Simpson brought in four new signees for the women’s team (7 total) and seven on the men’s side. They look forward to dominating this collegiate swim season with the added talent. Click through to see who signed. Image courtesy of Saxon Simpson. For more information go to
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Gardner-Webb Swimming Lands Impressive Recruiting Haul

Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
Release: May 20, 2014

Boiling Springs, N.C. – Gardner-Webb head swim coach Mike Simpson, in conjunction with the University’s Athletics Department, are excited to announce to signings of eleven new Runnin’ Bulldogs who will continue their athletic and academic careers at GWU beginning in the Fall of 2014.

Simpson and his coaching staff, comprised of assistant coaches Nate Rhoads and Josh Stanfield, brought in four new signees for the women’s team (7 total) and seven on the men’s side during the Spring signing period.

Hope Saunders, Lexie Stavac, Lili Tóth, and Kaley Tyree join Fall signees Lauren Oglesby, London Schumacher, and Kelsey Williams in signing on with Gardner-Webb’s women’s swim program.

Hope Saunders (Lakeland, Fla.) competed at George Jenkins High School as a junior and senior and was named as Polk County’s 2014 Swimmer of the Year. Saunders, who moved to Lakeland from Bloomington, Illinois the the summer after her sophomore year, is a two-time state finalist in the 200 I.M., 200 free relay, and the 200 medley relay.

Under the watch of former GWU assistant swim coach Mike Blum, Saunders earned NCSA Junior National qualifying standards in both the 200 I.M. and 100 fly. Saunders is set to graduate from George Jenkins H.S. with High Honors and leaves as the school’s record holder in the 200 I.M., 500 free, and 100 fly.

Lexie Stavac comes to Gardner-Webb after swimming for one of the premier club teams in the U.S. at NOVA (Richmond, Va.). Stavac was a part of a 400 free relay performance that currently stands as NOVA’s all-time record in the event.

A 12-year competitive swimmer, Stavac also competed for Saint Gertrude (Richmond, Va.) High School. Stavac represented SGHS as the team’s captain in 2013-14 and was named as the team’s Most Valuable Swimmer as a junior and again as a senior. A previous Virginia state record-holder in both the 100 and 200 breast (SC), Stavac was named to the All-LIS Team in 2013 and 2014 and was VISAA Top 8 in all of the events in which she competed during both her junior and senior seasons.

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