Class of 2021 #10 Recruit Ellie Waldrep Gives Verbal to Auburn Tigers

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Ellie Waldrep, a current high school junior representing Baylor Swim Club in Chattanooga, TN, has given her verbal commitment to the Auburn Tigers for fall of 2021. Waldrep is SwimSwam’s 10th-ranked recruit from the ‘way too early recruit ranks’ for the class of 2021, published in May of this year. She becomes just the 3rd commitment from our top 20. #3 Grace Sheble has committed to NC State, and #17 Micayla Cronk has committed to Florida.

Representing Baylor School in the 2018-2019 high school season, Waldrep broke 2 SCM national high school records. She swam a 1:00.34 to break a 10-year-old 100 back record, and split 26.93 to help the Baylor 200 free relay to a record as well. She also placed 4th in the 100 back, 11th in the 100 fly, and 5th in prelims in the 200 back (scratched finals) at the 2018 East Speedo Winter Juniors meet last December. This summer, Waldrep made the 18 & under D final in both the 100 back and 200 back at US Nationals.

I have absolutely DREAMED of this day since I was a little girl, so without further ado… It is with a FULL heart and EXTREME excitement that I announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Auburn University!! I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of my family members, coaches, teachers, teammates, and friends for constantly pushing me to be the best I can be, both in and out of the pool. Each and everyone one of you mean the ABSOLUTE WORLD to me. So excited to finally take my place on the Plains!! #WAR EAGLE!!!!🦅🧡

Waldrep is primarily a backstroker and sprint flyer, but has solid sprint free times as well. Additionally, all of her personal bests in her primary events came from the 2018-2019 season.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 free – 23.10
  • 100 free – 50.55
  • 100 back – 52.42
  • 200 back – 1:56.76
  • 100 fly – 53.87

Waldrep is one of already 2 commitments for Auburn in the high school class 2021, which has just ramped up commitments over the last week. Sprinter Lexie Mulvihill has also committed.

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2 years ago

Wow these Auburns doing great recruiting. Looks like AU on the way back to the NCAA top!

ACC fan
2 years ago

Why are all the Auburn commits wearing an Auburn top and at the Auburn pool in their announcement photos? I assume these pictures were taken on their recruiting trips before they commit?

Reply to  ACC fan
2 years ago

Some schools are offering the option to take these pictures while on their trips (totally up to the recruits if they want to do them). It’s pretty common for football players on their recruiting weekends

Speed Racer
Reply to  ACC fan
2 years ago

To help them “visualize” life at Auburn as a member of their team. It’s ridiculously stupid and nothing more than a used car salesman high pressure pitch.

2 years ago

auburn is back on the uptick!! I love what Gary Taylor’s done… if only he could do the same for the men

Reply to  Swimmuh
2 years ago

Give him time he’s starting year 2 sheesh!

Reply to  Swimmuh
2 years ago

Don’t see the appeal of Auburn or Gary. Who has he coached besides one distance guy at NC St?

Reply to  Blaize
2 years ago

Ok cool, don’t care then don’t comment.

Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

Not following. What’s cool? Im offering an opinion and a relevant question.

Nole Ops
Reply to  Blaize
2 years ago

Gary did more with less scholarships at FSU than any other coach.ACC swimmer of the year Mateo DeAngulo, Juan Sequera are just 2 of the big names he coached.

Reply to  Blaize
2 years ago

NC State fan here,

I disagree with you. Gary Taylor has done more than just coached one distance guy at NC State.. Hannah Moore (All American), Christian McCurdy (All American), Adam Linker (Top 16 NCAA), Tamila Holub (All American), Anna Jahns (All American), and I believe Justin Ress was training under Gary as a freshman. And yes… Anton Ipsen is that other one guy who happen to win national champion in the mile.

Gary is a class act and I am happy to see things are going well for him! I wish him the best of luck with this Auburn team!

Swim family
Reply to  Oldswimfan
2 years ago

Coach Taylor has been a proven success everywhere he has ever coached. Always developing unproven talent beyond expectations. Makes me wonder where your “unbiasd “thoughts are based. Always wish new head coaches success for themselves and for swimmers

Reply to  Swimmuh
2 years ago

Hmmm… swimswam ranked #11 men’s recruiting class in 2019

2 years ago

That 100 Back should help

2 years ago

What a sweet commitment post!