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Alex with her Coach, Dave Henderson (left side) and parents Shirley and Charles Persinger
Swimming - Thu, Mar. 21, 2013 by Troy Baranik

St. Andrews University Head Swim Coach Brooks Teal has announced the signing of the first women's swimming recruit for the new St. Andrews swimming program that will begin competition in the fall. 

Alex Persinger, of Grafton High School in Yorktown, Virginia, has accepted a swimming scholarship and signed with St. Andrews.  Alex has been a four year letterman at Grafton High and was team captain her senior year, swimming for coach Whitney Riefler.  She was the 2012 District champion in her specialty, the 100 breast, and a 2 time state finalist in 100 breast and 50 free. 

Persinger has had an outstanding career with her year-round club, swimming for Coach Dave Henderson and South Eastern Virginia Aquatics.  In 2008, Alex was the 100 Breast national champion of the National Age Group Swimming Association, and won national titles again in 2010 at the AAU National Junior Olympics, claiming the championship in both the 100 and 200 Breast.  Alex's talents are not limited to the pool, as she plays the piano, was a 4 year member of the Grafton High Choir, and enjoys surfing as another aquatic activity.

"Alex is a perfect young lady, student, and swimmer to lead the way in building our women's team, and I am thrilled that she will be with us for the next four years," says Coach Teal. "Alex is a great competitor and racer, she is a leader, she has had success at the national level, and I look forward to all that she will bring to the St. Andrews University Swimming program."

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