Nov. 28, 2012
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. --- Head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck announced the addition of five future student-athletes to the Bulldogs' 2013-14 roster - Shelbie Holden, Noelle Farrer, Hailee Baldwin, Kali Conlon, and Esme Gullick.
All five high school seniors signed their National Letters of Intent compete for the Fresno State Bulldogs starting in fall 2013.
"I am really excited about this class so far," said Fleck. "We have filled some holes we have and have replaced some of our class we will graduate this year. This group or incoming freshman is the best recruiting class we have had so far."
Kali Conlon (Butterfly) - San Ramon, CA - California HS
Conlon hails from San Ramon, Calif. and attends California High School. She is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a two-time National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American in the 100 Fly and the 200 Freestyle Relay. According to Collegeswimming.com, she ranked in the California Top-50, coming in at 42. Conlon was the East Bay Athletic League Champion for the 50 yard freestyle in 2012 and was named California High school varsity women's Rookie of the Year in 2010.
Hailee Baldwin (Breaststroke) - Turlock, CA - Pittman HS
Baldwin comes from Turlock, Calif. where she attends Pittman High School. She has been named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2011 and 2012. Her California rank is 58th according to Collegeswimming.com, which puts her right outside the Top-50.
Esme Gullick (Butterfly) - Weston, ENG - Bridgwater College
Gullick is Fleck's third international recruit in five years, the others being Lucy Titchin and Heidi Gjoen. Gullick comes from Weston, England and attends Bridgwater College. She was a British National and Olympic Trial qualifier in the 100 and 200 Butterfly.
"Kali and Esme will add renewed strength to the Butterfly group despite losing senior Rayanne Nguyen to graduation in spring 2013," said Ota.
The Bulldogs will also be adding two divers to the 2013-14 roster. Fresno State will graduate senior diver Stacey Luke in the spring, but will have a strong team of four including returners Hannah Prigge and Lacie Ruth.
Shelbie Holden (Diver) - Sacramento, CA - Bella Vista HS
Holden is a native of Sacramento, Calif. and is a senior attending Bella Vista High School. She has been named a two-time High School All-American and qualified in 2010 and 2011 for the USA Diving Junior Zones.
Noelle Farrer (Diver) - Bakersfield, CA - Garces Memorial HS
Farrer lives in Bakersfield, Calif. and is a senior competing at Garces Memorial High School. In 2012 she finished second at the Division 1 Central Section Championships. She has been the Garces diving team captain since her sophomore year and has been on varsity since her freshman year.
"I am very happy to welcome Shelbie and Noelle to our bulldog family," said head diving coach Taryn Patrick. "They're great girls and very talented divers that are going to help our team continue to succeed!"
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