AUBURN – Auburn University’s Bass Sports Club is tied for the nation’s top spot among collegiate fishing teams in FLW Outdoors Magazine’s January 2011 issue. The editors rank Auburn in a tie with the University of Florida for number one among its list of top 25 schools.
“This is a very nice honor for the club,” Auburn advisor Jann Swaim said. “We have a very good group of dedicated students and we hope to maintain a high ranking throughout the year. The FLW tournaments provide great experiences for them.”
The magazine uses a points system derived from top-five finishes in National Guard FLW College Fishing events over a two-season span, giving more points for high finishes in regional and national championships. Auburn and Florida each earned 61 points in the inaugural ranking in the January issue; the rankings will be updated each month.
Auburn’s club, which has 30 members, sends three, two-person teams to tournaments. Recent graduates Shaye Baker and Dennis Parker were named to the 2010 National Guard FLW College Fishing All-American Team this fall.
“Our goals are to represent Auburn to the highest standard and to have pride in being a part of Auburn,” Swaim said.