Courtesy: Georgia Sports Communications
June 7, 2010
by Steve Colquitt
Grodzki joins three others who have signed on to compete for the Bulldogs next year. Andrew Gemmell of Wilmington, Del., Graham Munger of Tucker, Ga., and Brett Roberson of Ringgold, Ga., signed on earlier this week to compete for the men's squad next season.
Also, Jana Manginelli of Snellville, Ga., and Kelsey Gaid of Roswell, Ga., join Megan Romano of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Adrienne Bicek of Downers Grove, Ill., in signing National Letters of Intent to compete for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs.
Grodzki is a native of Berlin, Germany, but attended Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. Grodzki was one of the top junior swimmers in Europe and would be one of the top five distance recruits in the country. Grodzki is a versatile athlete, who is expected to contribute immediately in the individual medley and backstroke events. Grodzki will also add depth in the distance freestyle events. Grodzki swam at the club level for coach Dan Flack at the Baylor Swim Club and was teammates at the club level with fellow Bulldog signee Roberson.
Gemmell is considered to be the top 400 individual medley recruit in the nation, having won gold in the event at the World Youth Championships this summer. Under the tutelage of his father, Bruce, who coaches the Delaware Swim Club, Gemmell qualified for five events at last summer's Olympic Trials and was a three-time USA Swimming Academic All-American. A native of Wilmington, Del., Gemmell figures to be a contributor in the individual medley, backstroke, butterfly and distance freestyle events.
"Gemmell is one of the best recruits in the country and we are fortunate to add him," Bauerle said. "Andrew is probably the best 400 IM recruit coming out this year. He is versatile in that he can do distance freestyle as well and that will help our depth. He will help us immediately on the NCAA level. He is one of the best students we recruited this year."
Munger is a native of Tucker, Ga., and is said to have great potential by the coaching staff. Munger is the top distance freestyle recruit in the state and will add to the Georgia depth in the distance events. Munger attended St. Pius High School and was coached by Jason Turcotte of the Dynamo Swim Club. At St. Pius, Munger was a two-time All-American and was the Georgia high school state champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. He is a three-time US Open qualifier, a two-time National qualifier and a five-time Junior National qualifier.
"We are excited to add someone like Munger," Bauerle said. "He had a breakthrough summer and was certainly one of the top guys in Georgia and he will add depth to our distance group, which we hope will be pretty solid for years to come. He is a great student and a neat young man. We were fortunate he chose us."
Roberson ranks as one of the top 20 breaststroke recruits in the nation and the top breaststroke prospect in the state. Roberson is a native of Ringgold, Ga., and attended Heritage High School. Roberson swam at the club level for Flack at the Baylor Swim Club, where he was teammates with Grodzki, and qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 200 breaststroke. He was named an Academic All-American in 2007 and 2008, a Georgia Merit Scholar and is ranked in the top five of his class. Roberson figures to add depth to the breaststroke group next season.
"Dan does a great job with his kids and Brett is one of the most improved swimmers in the country," Bauerle said. "He was under the radar and we feel like we were lucky to get him. He's real excited about being here and we are excited about having him. Brett is a part of one of the best high school teams in the country, so he is used to competing. He is a team-oriented kid and we have a team-oriented bunch, so he will fit in great. He and the other guys are going to be NCAA qualifiers one day."
Romano, who swims for coach Fred Lewis at St. Petersburg Aquatics, is one of the nation's top prospects in the backstroke and in the freestyle. Romano has six Florida state high school titles already and could add to that figure at this weekend's state meet. She is a nine-time High School All-American. Romano qualified for the Olympic Trials in six events, was a member of the 2006 United States National Junior Team that competed in Australia and represented the United States in the 2008 World Junior Championships in Mexico.
"Megan is a terrific young lady who has a lot of swimming ahead of her," Bauerle said. "She will be able to help us right away in the freestyle, both individually and on the relays. We are excited about having her join our program."
Training under Greg Busse of the Express Swim Team, Bicek was the 18-and-under national champion in the 200m butterfly this past summer. She also was a finalist in the 400m individual medley in the same meet. Bicek recently was named the 2008 Illinois Female High School Swimmer of the Year, and she has been chosen as both a High School All-American and an Academic All-American.
"Adrienne is a fantastic swimmer and student," Bauerle said. "She has gotten better and better each year, and she really had a breakout summer. She is very versatile, and she will be able to give us a boost in the fly and IM races at the SEC and NCAA levels.
Gaid attends Pope High School in Marietta, Ga. There, she swims for the Marietta Marlins under the direction of coach Yit Aun Lim, whom she has swam under since she was 7 years old. At Pope, Gaid holds six school records a numerous county records. She is the current state record holder for the 200 backstroke and was a qualifier in four events at the US Olympic Trials in 2008, including the 100 and 200 backstroke, the 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle. She was a finalist in the 200 back at the 2008 US Open and was fourth at this year's Junior National Championships. Gaid is one of the state of Georgia's top backstroke and freestyle prospects, a top ten recruit nationally and a High School All-American and Academic All-American.
"Kelsey is a great kid and a great student," Bauerle said. "She will help us at NCAA level in a big way, and she has the capabilities of making national teams in the future. We couldn't be more excited about having her. Coach Yit Aun Lim does a great job with his kids; he works them hard, so Kelsey is no stranger to hard work."
Mangimelli attends Brookwood High School and swims at the club level for Swim Atlanta and coach Chris Davis. Mangimelli is a six-time All-American and a Georgia high school state champion in the 200 individual medley. She is the Brookwood High School record holder in the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley and was named team MVP for the past two seasons. She was named the Gwinnett Daily Swimmer of the Year, selected to the Gwinnett All-County Team and holds the county record in the 100 backstroke. She ranks ninth in the nation in the 17-18 age group in the 200 backstroke, and also qualified for the event at the 2008 Olympic Trials. During her time with Swim Atlanta, Mangimelli had eight times that rank in the club's all-time top 10 list. Mangimelli is one of the top two prospects in the state in the backstroke and individual medley.
"Chris Davis is certainly one of the best coaches in the country and we are excited about adding Jana from his club team," Bauerle said. "She is scratching the surface of her swimming potential and she is coming into her own. She is excited to be a Bulldog and we are excited to have her. She is getting faster every meet and she will help us in the backstroke and individual medley."