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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida softball program, under the direction of four-time Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year Tim Walton<http://www.gatorzone.com/softball/staff/walton/>, signed seven future Gators - Kelly Barnhill, Brooke Clemens, Amanda Lorenz, Lily Mann, Sophia Reynoso, Theresa Swertfager and Alexandra Voss  - to National Letters of Intent Wednesday at the start of the fall signing period.



Arriving on campus for the 2015-16 school year, the seven-player class will look to immediately contribute to a Gator squad that captured its first national championship in 2014.



"When I look at each player that we signed this year, I have to say 'Wow!' This 2015 signing class has a lot of talent in it," Walton said. "We have some much-needed roles to fill next season, and this class will bring an immediate impact to those needs. Nothing came easy in recruiting one of the best classes in the country, but I want to commend our staff for working very hard to get this done. I'm also very proud to have the opportunity to make an impact in these future Gators' lives."



Below is a glimpse at each of Florida's seven signees:



KELLY BARNHILL

Marietta, Ga.

Pope High School

R/R | P

Travel Team: EC Bullets Gold

[1-Kelly-Barnhill]



*         A 2015 graduate of Pope High School

*         Plays travel ball with the EC Bullets Gold, coached by Greg Schnute

*         Three-time Pope High School MVP

*         Led Pope to the 2014 Georgia Class 6A state title, capping the run with her second championship-game no-hitter

*         Once struck out all 21 batters in a seven-inning perfect game, one of 22 no-hitters during her high-school career

*         Holds the Georgia single-season strikeout record (534)

*         Was a candidate for Georgia's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014

*         A four-time Pope honor roll selection who carries a 4.275 GPA

*         Received Pope's 2013 Faculty Choice Award

*         Is ranked 21st in a class of 448 students

*         Is a member of the National Honor Society

*         Serves as Vice-President of her school's Model United Nations group

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



BROOKE CLEMENS

Rotonda West, Fla.

Lemon Bay High School

R/R | C

Travel Team: Team Mizuno

[2-Brooke-Clemens]



*         A 2015 graduate of Lemon Bay High School

*         Plays travel ball with Team Mizuno, coached by Mike Morgan

*         Led Team Mizuno to an ASA state title in 2011 and a Colorado Fireworks 18U championship in 2014

*         Had three top-15 finishes at PGF Nationals

*         Earned All-State recognition in 2012 (First Team) and 2013 (Honorable Mention)

*         Named All-Area three times (2012-14) by the Sun-Herald and twice by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (2013-14)

*         Holds Lemon Bay school records for home runs in a career and in a season

*         Owns the program benchmark for intentional walks

*         LBHS won district titles and finished as runners-up at Regionals during her sophomore and junior years

*         Career stats:

o     .480 average

o     More than 40 home runs

o     .990 fielding percentage

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



AMANDA LORENZ

Moorpark, Calif.

Moorpark High School

L/L | CF

Travel Team: OC Batbusters

[4-Amanda-Lorenz]



*         A 2015 graduate of Moorpark High School

*         Plays travel ball with OC Batbusters, coached by Mike Stith

*         OC Batbusters won the PGF National Championship in 2012 and 2014, while finishing as the runner-up in 2013

*         Two-time MaxPreps.com<http://www.maxpreps.com/> First Team All-American (2013-14)

*         Three-time MaxPreps.com<http://www.maxpreps.com/> First Team Underclass All-American (2012-14)

*         Three-time Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State (2012-14)

*         Three-time Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State Underclass (2012-14)

*         Three-time All-CIF First Team selection (2012-14)

*         Two-time Ventura County Player of the Year (2013-14)

*         2012 Cal-Hi Sports California Freshman of the Year

*         Finalist for 2013 Cal-Hi Sports California Player of the Year

*         2014 Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year

*         Three-time Moorpark Principal Honor Roll selection (2012-14)

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



LILY MANN

St. Cloud, Fla.

Harmony High School

L/R | OF

Travel Team: Gold Coast Hurricanes

[5-Lily-Mann]



*         A 2015 graduate of Harmony High School

*         Plays travel ball with the Gold Coast Hurricanes, coached by Marty Cooper

*         Led the Hurricanes to third-place finishes at TCS Nationals and the Colorado Sparkler Tournament

*         Three-time All-Orange Belt Conference First Team selection (2012-14)

*         Two-time Orlando Sentinel All-Area selection (2013-14)

*         Harmony finished third in Class 7A at the state tournament in 2013 and was the Florida runner-up in 2014

*         Ranked fifth in her classification in hitting in 2013

*         Finished in a tie for second in steals in 2014

*         Harmony posted a 54-7 record during her sophomore and junior years

*         Carries a 4.2 GPA through her junior year at Harmony, which ranks in the top five percent of her class

*         Is a member of the National Honor Society

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



SOPHIA REYNOSO

Palmdale, Calif.

Knight High School

R/R | IF

Travel Team: OC Batbusters

[6-Sophia-Reynoso]



*         A 2015 graduate of Knight High School

*         Plays travel ball with OC Batbusters, coached by Mike Stith

*         OC Batbusters won the PGF National Championship in 2012 and 2014, while finishing as the runner-up in 2013

*         Earned First Team All-Golden League honors in 2014

*         Named Second Team All-Golden League in 2012

*         Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State Underclass

*         Also lettered in basketball

*         Has earned Knight's Award of Academic Excellence in seven consecutive semesters for posting a 4.0+ GPA

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



THERESA SWERTFAGER

Katonah, N.Y.

John Jay High School

R/R | IF

Travel Team: Frozen Ropes Force

[7-Theresa-Swertfager]



*         A 2015 graduate of John Jay High School

*         Plays travel ball with Frozen Ropes Force, coached by Tony Abbatine

*         Has started at every position, including pitcher and catcher

*         Three-time All-League selection (2012-14)

*         Two-time All-County selection

*         Two-time All-State selection

*         Three-time team captain (2013-15)

*         Has led John Jay since freshman season in every major offensive category, with several school records

*         Career stats:

o    .468 average (94x201)

o    23 doubles

o    10 triples

o    15 home runs

o    68 RBI

o    5.586 on-base percentage

o    .915 slugging percentage

*         Four-time New York State Scholastic Athlete Award winner (2011-14)

*         Also plays volleyball as a libero

o    Two-time All-State

o    Team captain

*         Is a member of the National Honor Society

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



ALEXANDRA VOSS

Coral Springs, Fla.

Coral Springs High School

L/R | SS

Travel Team: Florida Power Black

[8-Alex-Voss]



*         A 2015 graduate of Coral Springs High School

*         Plays travel ball for Florida Power Black, coached by Jeff Lantz

*         Helped lead the Florida Power Black to a third-place finish at 2014 Triple Crown Nationals

*         Three-time All-Broward County selection

*         Also lettered in soccer

*         Carries a weighted GPA of 4.89 and ranks in the top three percent of her senior class of more than 600 students

*         Member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies

*         Four-year member of the Student Government Association

*         Named Florida Student Council Parliamentarian

*         Silver Cord recipient for community service

Andrew Spivey

About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida softball program, under the direction of four-time Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year Tim Walton<http://www.gatorzone.com/softball/staff/walton/>, signed seven future Gators - Kelly Barnhill, Brooke Clemens, Amanda Lorenz, Lily Mann, Sophia Reynoso, Theresa Swertfager and Alexandra Voss  - to National Letters of Intent Wednesday at the start of the fall signing period.



Arriving on campus for the 2015-16 school year, the seven-player class will look to immediately contribute to a Gator squad that captured its first national championship in 2014.



"When I look at each player that we signed this year, I have to say 'Wow!' This 2015 signing class has a lot of talent in it," Walton said. "We have some much-needed roles to fill next season, and this class will bring an immediate impact to those needs. Nothing came easy in recruiting one of the best classes in the country, but I want to commend our staff for working very hard to get this done. I'm also very proud to have the opportunity to make an impact in these future Gators' lives."



Below is a glimpse at each of Florida's seven signees:



KELLY BARNHILL

Marietta, Ga.

Pope High School

R/R | P

Travel Team: EC Bullets Gold

[1-Kelly-Barnhill]



*         A 2015 graduate of Pope High School

*         Plays travel ball with the EC Bullets Gold, coached by Greg Schnute

*         Three-time Pope High School MVP

*         Led Pope to the 2014 Georgia Class 6A state title, capping the run with her second championship-game no-hitter

*         Once struck out all 21 batters in a seven-inning perfect game, one of 22 no-hitters during her high-school career

*         Holds the Georgia single-season strikeout record (534)

*         Was a candidate for Georgia's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014

*         A four-time Pope honor roll selection who carries a 4.275 GPA

*         Received Pope's 2013 Faculty Choice Award

*         Is ranked 21st in a class of 448 students

*         Is a member of the National Honor Society

*         Serves as Vice-President of her school's Model United Nations group

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



BROOKE CLEMENS

Rotonda West, Fla.

Lemon Bay High School

R/R | C

Travel Team: Team Mizuno

[2-Brooke-Clemens]



*         A 2015 graduate of Lemon Bay High School

*         Plays travel ball with Team Mizuno, coached by Mike Morgan

*         Led Team Mizuno to an ASA state title in 2011 and a Colorado Fireworks 18U championship in 2014

*         Had three top-15 finishes at PGF Nationals

*         Earned All-State recognition in 2012 (First Team) and 2013 (Honorable Mention)

*         Named All-Area three times (2012-14) by the Sun-Herald and twice by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (2013-14)

*         Holds Lemon Bay school records for home runs in a career and in a season

*         Owns the program benchmark for intentional walks

*         LBHS won district titles and finished as runners-up at Regionals during her sophomore and junior years

*         Career stats:

o     .480 average

o     More than 40 home runs

o     .990 fielding percentage

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



AMANDA LORENZ

Moorpark, Calif.

Moorpark High School

L/L | CF

Travel Team: OC Batbusters

[4-Amanda-Lorenz]



*         A 2015 graduate of Moorpark High School

*         Plays travel ball with OC Batbusters, coached by Mike Stith

*         OC Batbusters won the PGF National Championship in 2012 and 2014, while finishing as the runner-up in 2013

*         Two-time MaxPreps.com<http://www.maxpreps.com/> First Team All-American (2013-14)

*         Three-time MaxPreps.com<http://www.maxpreps.com/> First Team Underclass All-American (2012-14)

*         Three-time Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State (2012-14)

*         Three-time Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State Underclass (2012-14)

*         Three-time All-CIF First Team selection (2012-14)

*         Two-time Ventura County Player of the Year (2013-14)

*         2012 Cal-Hi Sports California Freshman of the Year

*         Finalist for 2013 Cal-Hi Sports California Player of the Year

*         2014 Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year

*         Three-time Moorpark Principal Honor Roll selection (2012-14)

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



LILY MANN

St. Cloud, Fla.

Harmony High School

L/R | OF

Travel Team: Gold Coast Hurricanes

[5-Lily-Mann]



*         A 2015 graduate of Harmony High School

*         Plays travel ball with the Gold Coast Hurricanes, coached by Marty Cooper

*         Led the Hurricanes to third-place finishes at TCS Nationals and the Colorado Sparkler Tournament

*         Three-time All-Orange Belt Conference First Team selection (2012-14)

*         Two-time Orlando Sentinel All-Area selection (2013-14)

*         Harmony finished third in Class 7A at the state tournament in 2013 and was the Florida runner-up in 2014

*         Ranked fifth in her classification in hitting in 2013

*         Finished in a tie for second in steals in 2014

*         Harmony posted a 54-7 record during her sophomore and junior years

*         Carries a 4.2 GPA through her junior year at Harmony, which ranks in the top five percent of her class

*         Is a member of the National Honor Society

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



SOPHIA REYNOSO

Palmdale, Calif.

Knight High School

R/R | IF

Travel Team: OC Batbusters

[6-Sophia-Reynoso]



*         A 2015 graduate of Knight High School

*         Plays travel ball with OC Batbusters, coached by Mike Stith

*         OC Batbusters won the PGF National Championship in 2012 and 2014, while finishing as the runner-up in 2013

*         Earned First Team All-Golden League honors in 2014

*         Named Second Team All-Golden League in 2012

*         Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State Underclass

*         Also lettered in basketball

*         Has earned Knight's Award of Academic Excellence in seven consecutive semesters for posting a 4.0+ GPA

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



THERESA SWERTFAGER

Katonah, N.Y.

John Jay High School

R/R | IF

Travel Team: Frozen Ropes Force

[7-Theresa-Swertfager]



*         A 2015 graduate of John Jay High School

*         Plays travel ball with Frozen Ropes Force, coached by Tony Abbatine

*         Has started at every position, including pitcher and catcher

*         Three-time All-League selection (2012-14)

*         Two-time All-County selection

*         Two-time All-State selection

*         Three-time team captain (2013-15)

*         Has led John Jay since freshman season in every major offensive category, with several school records

*         Career stats:

o    .468 average (94x201)

o    23 doubles

o    10 triples

o    15 home runs

o    68 RBI

o    5.586 on-base percentage

o    .915 slugging percentage

*         Four-time New York State Scholastic Athlete Award winner (2011-14)

*         Also plays volleyball as a libero

o    Two-time All-State

o    Team captain

*         Is a member of the National Honor Society

_____________________________________________________________________________________________



ALEXANDRA VOSS

Coral Springs, Fla.

Coral Springs High School

L/R | SS

Travel Team: Florida Power Black

[8-Alex-Voss]



*         A 2015 graduate of Coral Springs High School

*         Plays travel ball for Florida Power Black, coached by Jeff Lantz

*         Helped lead the Florida Power Black to a third-place finish at 2014 Triple Crown Nationals

*         Three-time All-Broward County selection

*         Also lettered in soccer

*         Carries a weighted GPA of 4.89 and ranks in the top three percent of her senior class of more than 600 students

*         Member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies

*         Four-year member of the Student Government Association

*         Named Florida Student Council Parliamentarian

*         Silver Cord recipient for community service

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