BANNER ELK, N.C. – Lees-McRae College Head Swimming Coach Sean Weddell announced Thursday the signing of three new student-athletes for the inaugural season of LMC women's swimming. The newest recruits are: Elli Seabrook, Jenn Paul and Braedy Laymon. These three signees join Carlee Hoagland and Kayla Fleming as swimmers signed on to compete for the Bobcats in their first ever season later this year.
- Captain of High School Team that won state championship
- Coaches award recipient
- All-Region team
- Butterfly and Freestyle specialist
Why Lees-McRae: "I chose Lees-McRae College because I fell in love with the campus and the idea that we are the first class to start the swim program," said Seabrook. "I knew a smaller campus would allow me to achieve my goal with regard to academics due to the student to faculty ratio and the attention I would receive."
Coach's Take: "Elli was one of the first young ladies to visit campus and commit, which says a tremendous amount about her character and desire," Weddell said of Seabrook. "She is a great young lady and will give us a big spark in the butterfly events."
- Captain of high school team
- Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle specialist
Why Lees-McRae: "I chose Lees-McRae College because of the terrific mountain campus and smaller college campus," remarked Paul. "I think the smaller classes will be very beneficial while pursing my Biomedical Sciences degree. I am grateful to be continuing my swimming career and very excited to spend the next four years at LMC!"
Coach's Take: "Jenn was another pivotal early commit that will greatly help out program," said Weddell. "Jenn is so versatile and I look for her to be competitive in a variety of events. She is such great young lady!"
- June C. Muller award recipient (awarded to the most outstanding senior)
- State Finalist
- Women's team "leader"
- Spring freestyle specialist
Why Lees-McRae: "I chose Lees-McRae College because it's what's best for me academically and athletically," said Laymon. "Being able to experience and new part the country will also be exciting."
Coach's Take: "Braedy was is a great young lady and I was very excited about her commitment," said Weddell. "She will be very formidable in the sprint freestyle events."