Auburn’s Bass Sports Club ranks number one in nation

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.

More information is available on the Bass Sports Club website at http://www.auburn.edu/bass or by contacting Swaim at swaimjb@auburn.edu.

Contact: Charles Martin, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)