May 7, 2010
The Clipper's are proud to announce that Gracie Lynne and Rob Walsh have agreed to take their swimming to the next level this coming fall as they head off to college.
Gracie Lynne will be joining the Lynx of Rhodes College in the fall. Rhodes is a member of the SCAC Conference and the NCAA Division III. Gracie is very excited about her opportunity to swim in college knowing that at one time a dream she had at such a young age almost never happened.
When Gracie was a 10&under
she put up times that placed her in the Top 16 in the United States
for her age. She was a brilliant swimmer to watch but it was picked
up early that her body might not work with her through her swimming
career. As Gracie began to grow up in the sport her shoulders gave
her a great deal of problems and limited her swimming from Age
11-13 to the point she had to walk away from something which she
absolutely loved. While she was away from swimming Gracie tried
many other activities and immediately succeeded in them to only
then tear her ACL in Soccer.
This past year Gracie decided she wanted to have one more shot at swimming. Knowing her long time friend, Maddie Mescher was going to try and do the same thing she felt it was worth a try. IT PAID OFF!!! Gracie accomplished so many things. She saw times she hadn't seen since she was 12, she accomplished a sectional time standard in the 100 back, she was recruited to swim in college and her most important accomplishment was....she graduated as a Northern Kentucky Clipper.
We are so proud of you Gracie!!!
Rob has agreed to join the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the fall. UK is a member of arguabley one of the top 2 conferences in Division I Swimming. Rob too is extremely excited about the opportunity to represent his life long favorite school.
Rob has been swimming basically since the day he was born. Being the nephew of Clippers Hall of Fame Coach, Mary Lou Berling, Rob got an early start and had an instant love of the sport and the competition.
Over the years Rob has
accomplished a great deal of success in the sport. Those who were
around to see Rob split an amazing 28.4 as a 10 yr old on the 200
free relay as the anchor of the team record setting relay team knew
that we were going to be blessed with some excitement over the
Rob became one of the Clippers most succesful sprinters in team history. As a senior in high school this year Rob blazed to an amazing 50.67 in the 100 fly to beat his best time(originally set wearing a Blue Seventy) by almost 2 seconds. We then watched him anchor again the 200 Free relay in a mind boggling 20.56. This swim began to draw interest from many college coaches including UK and Louisville.
Rob's commitment to training and love of the sport will allow him to continue to get faster at the next level. We are very proud of you Rob!!!
These two along with the rest of their class will be scheduling a signing ceremonies. As we mentioned at the banquet this is the biggest and deepest class in team history. We have a lot to be proud of as an entire Clipper Family. This class has helped set the bar for many swimmers in the future to work towards and try to top. Thanks to all of them. We will post details as they become available.