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Thread: Women's Swim Recruiting: Class of 2017

  1. #16
    Looking slightly ahead to the 2018 crop , here's how a few of them fared @ 2016 Olympic Trials

    Cassidy Bayer:
    200 fly (#3)
    100 fly (#4)

    Eva Merrell:
    200 back (#9) - 1st alternate for tonight's final
    100 fly (#11)
    100 free (#26)
    50 free (#34)
    100 back (#50)

    Alex Walsh: (2019 recruit??)
    200 back (#11)
    100 back (#12)
    200 IM (#46)

    Anya Goeders:
    50 free (#9) - 1st alternate for tomorrow's final

    Anya Goeders Swims 3rd-Fastest 15-16 50 Free Ever at 25.16



    https://swimswam.com/anya-goeders-sw...ever-at-25-16/
    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 07-02-2016 at 06:40 PM. Reason: Anya

  2. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by tedbear View Post
    The Sprinters

    3. Marta Ciesla; Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Marta was part of the US Junior National Team, so she knows Nikol and Maggie. Her times are 50 Free (22.52), 100 Free (48.97), and 200 Free (1:51.57)
    Well looks like Michael Jensen & Ryan Hoffer are already friends w/Marta, as can be seen from this insta that Marta had posted from Trials:

    Marta Ciesla - 3 July 2016
    sprinters...what are ya gonna do �� until next time omaha ����


    These relationships & sense of camaraderie are often developed & fostered during these elite recruits' stints on the National Junior Team:

  3. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by BearDevil View Post
    Marta would be an awesome get. Would not be surprised if LSJU's first two verbals are Maggie and Volpenhein.
    I can see that happening, but OTOH haven't completely given up on Ashley being on Teri's shopping list, should Lauren & Marta not be under consideration (assuming a sprinter is being sought for the 2017 freshman class, since Farida & KV will have graduated by then). UVa & U$C are probably also in the running.

    Volpenhein did visit Berkeley back in Oct '15 (see post below).




    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
    Ashley Volpenhein was spotted on campus today, presumably an unofficial visit.

    2017 recruit who's ranked #8 nationally by CollegeSwimming: http://www.collegeswimming.com/swimmer/338772/

    Ashley was on the Jr Worlds team this year and came in 7th in the 50m free finals in Singapore (highest placing American in that event, ahead of top 2017 prospect Lauren Pitzer). A promising sprinter...



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    Top 20 NCAA Swimming Recruits in the Girls High School Class of 2017



    Top 10 Swimmers From The Class of 2017

    1. Courtney Harnish – York YMCA – West York Area High School – York, PA
    Best Times: 500 free – 4:39.13, 200 fly – 1:54.37, 200 free – 1:45.62, 1650 free – 16:08.57, 400 IM – 4:11.93, 100 fly – 52.87, 100 back – 54.04, 200 back – 1:55.41

    For the second-straight year, a York YMCA swimmer is our top girls recruit. Harnish is more distance-oriented than 2016’s Meghan Small, but has the same brand of across-the-board versatility. Harnish is already at NCAA scoring level in the 500 free and 200 fly, and should also have a big relay impact as a 200 freestyler and perhaps 100 flyer. And her 400 IM might turn out most valuable in the long run.


    2. Sierra Schmidt – North Baltimore Aquatic Club – Erdenheim, PA
    Best Times: 1650 free – 15:57.89, 500 free – 4:38.47, 200 free – 1:47.63, 400 IM – 4:11.64

    As with our boys recruits, the #2 swimmer is very much centered on the distance freestyles, but is great enough at them to merit a lofty rank. Schmidt is well under NCAA scoring range in the mile and 500, with a great 400 IM to boot. Schmidt has international experience from Junior Pan Pacs in 2014 and Pan Ams in 2015, plus she’s a fan draw – the college that snags her should see an attendance increase from fans who want to see Schmidt’s famous pre-race dancing live and in person.


    3. Margaret Aroesty – Long Island Aquatic Club – Long Beach Senior High School – Long Beach, NY
    Best Times: 100 breast – 58.98, 200 breast – 2:11.67, 200 IM – 1:57.76, 400 IM – 4:12.03

    Aroesty is the best sprint breaststroke prospect we’ve seen in years, already notching a sub-59 as a high school junior. Compare that to the top 100 breaststroker (as of July 1 before their senior seasons) in the class of 2016 (Lindsey Horejsi, 59.5), class of 2015 (Lilly King, 59.6) and class of 2014 (Bethany Galat, 1:00.2). Aroesty’s flat-start 100 time would make her an upgrade for 11 of 16 teams in the NCAA 400 medley relay final last March, and that’s not even accounting for the boost she would get from a rolling relay start. And she’s good enough in the IMs to eventually score NCAA points there as well.


    4. Brooke Forde – Lakeside Swim Team – Sacred Heart Academy – Louisville, KY
    Best Times: 400 IM – 4:07.49, 200 IM – 1:57.85, 200 fly – 1:57.03, 100 fly – 53.44, 200 free – 1:46.76, 200 breast – 2:11.29

    The recruiting class’s best 400 IMer is never going to fall very far in these ranks, given how much college coaches value versatility. Forde could wind up swimming 4 different event disciplines at any dual meet or conference championship, and contributing in all 4. She’s also a fast riser – her 400 IM has dropped from a 4:14 in 2014 to a 4:07 last year, and her 200 IM has shaved two full seconds in that time, from 1:59.8 to 1:57.8.


    5. Nikol Popov – Canyons Aquatic Club – Valencia High School – Santa Clarita, CA
    Best Times: 100 breast – 59.64, 200 breast – 2:08.92, 200 IM – 1:58.78, 400 IM – 4:13.78

    California’s Nikol Popov is actually a better all-around breaststroker than Aroesty, with an NCAA scoring-level 100 and a 200 that would have missed scoring by just .01 last year. Popov is a little less valuable in the IMs, though, and it’s relay value that currently gives Aroesty the edge. But Popov could very easily join Aroesty under 59 during her senior season and is a clear-cut blue chip prospect in this class.


    6. Lauren Pitzer – Lakeside Aquatic Club – Fossil Ridge High School – Haltom City, TX
    Best Times: 50 free – 22.66, 100 free – 48.72, 200 free – 1:45.68, 500 free – 4:42.80, 100 fly – 55.01, 400 IM – 4:16.77

    Pitzer is our highest-ranked swimmer without a time that would have scored at last year’s NCAAs, but she earns this rank for her potential across all of the freestyle distances. Pitzer has range for days – she’s ideally situated right in the NCAA’s relay sweet spot, with times just a few tenths off of NCAA scoring in the 50, 100 and 200 frees. In a class marked by 50/100 specialists and 200/500 specialists, Pitzer can do it all from a single roster spot. Her fly and IM times are just bonus from there.


    7. Ashlyn Schoof – Schroeder Swim Team – Muskego High School – Muskego, WI
    Best Times: 100 back – 51.98, 200 back – 1:54.35, 200 free – 1:47.76, 100 fly – 54.46, 200 fly – 2:00.65

    Schoof’s value is kind of a roller coaster. The backstrokes have become so insane at the NCAA level that the national high school record (51.4) would barely eke out points at college nationals. That makes it hard for even an elite high school backstroker to carry big value right away. But Schoof is also head and shoulders the best backstroker in this class. In a crowd of girls going 53s and 54s, Schoof has already been sub-52. She’s also not far off NCAA scoring level in the 200 back and could turn into a relay factor with her 200 free.


    8. Hannah Kukurugya – Crown Point Swim Club – Crown Point High School – Crown Point, IN
    Best Times: 200 fly – 1:55.64, 100 fly – 53.44, 200 IM – 1:58.59, 400 IM – 4:18.58, 200 free – 1:47.10, 500 free – 4:47.83

    A fast riser on the internatioanl scene in the butterfly and IM races is Indiana’s Hannah Kukurugya, who has now competed at Junior Pan Pacs in 2014 and Junior Worlds in 2015, winning bronze in the 200 fly at the latter. In short course, Kukurugya has made vast improvements since 2014: from 1:57.4 to 1:55.6 in the 200 fly and from 54.9 to 53.4 in the 100 fly. She’s right at NCAA scoring level in the 200 fly, and her versatility helps power her into the top 10 in her class.


    9. Taylor Pike – Razorback Aquatic Club Aquahawgs – Bentonville High School – Bentonville, AR
    Best Times: 200 fly – 1:55.57, 100 fly – 53.54

    Pike and Kukurugya are almost mirror images in the butterfly events. Pike is slightly better in the 200, slightly slower in the 100. Even their improvement curves since 2014 are almost identical. Kukurugya gets the nod based on her added IM prowess, but Pike could overtake her in the coming year, especially after hitting lifetime-bests in both short course and long course fly between the 2015 Winter Nationals and the 2016 NCSA Championships.


    10. Grace Zhao – Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – Palo Alto High School – Palo Alto, CA
    Best Times: 200 breast – 2:09.23, 100 breast – 1:00.65, 50 free – 22.75, 100 fly – 55.87

    A 3rd breaststroker in the top 10? That has to be a recruiting class record. But Zhao is just tenths away from scoring level in both breaststrokes, and with so many breaststroke-needy medley relays in the college ranks seemingly every year, Zhao’s value is on the rise. The clincher? Her 22.7 in the 50 free is one of the best in the class, and means she could be a Breeja Larson-type breaststroker with value extending into the freestyles and free relays.


    Honorable Mention (#11-20)

    11. Victoria Edwards – Longhorn Aquatics – Westlake High School – Austin, TX
    Best Times: 200 fly – 1:56.08, 100 fly – 52.74, 100 back – 53.30, 200 back – 1:57.79, 200 IM – 2:00.85

    No NCAA scoring times, but on the cusp in several races. She’s very much in the mix with Kukurugya and Pike for the title of class’s best all-around butterflyer.


    12. Ashley Volpenhein – Mason Manta Rays – Mason High School – Mason, OH
    Best Times: 50 free – 22.35, 100 free – 48.96, 200 free – 1:49.39, 100 fly – 54.73

    Hard to rank the class’s premier sprinter this low. But it’s a deep class of swimmers who can already score at NCAAs, and Volpenhein isn’t quite there yet.


    13. Marta Ciesla – Pine Crest Swimming – Pine Crest School – Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Best Times: 50 free – 22.52, 100 free – 48.97, 200 free – 1:49.53

    See Volpenhein. Ciesla is a little less versatile, but since when do sprint freestylers need versatility, with two individual slots and up to 4 relays?


    14. Caitlin Tycz – Long Reach Swim Club – Brunswick High School – Brunswick, ME
    Best Times: 100 fly – 52.43, 200 fly – 1:58.00


    15. Alexis Margett – Brea Aquatics – Glendora High School – Glendora, CA
    Best Times: 100 fly – 52.59, 200 fly – 1:57.74, 200 IM – 1:59.78


    16. Anna Belousova – Nation’s Capital Swim Club – Bethesda, MD
    Best Times: 200 breast – 2:10.14, 100 breast – 1:00.58, 200 IM – 1:58.71, 200 back – 1:56.11, 100 back – 54.96


    17. Taylor Ault – La Mirada Armada – Sonora High School – Sonora, CA
    Best Times: 200 free – 1:46.07, 500 free – 4:41.73, 1650 free – 16:13.41


    18. Paige Madden – City of Mobile Swim Association – UMS-Wright Preparatory School – Mobile, AL
    Best Times: 500 free – 4:42.17, 200 free – 1:45.68, 100 free – 49.75, 200 back – 1:55.57, 100 back – 53.71


    19. Joy Field – Magnolia Aquatic Club – Magnolia High School – Magnolia, TX
    Best Times: 1650 free – 16:02.07, 500 free – 4:45.86, 200 free – 1:49.18


    20. Regan Barney – Nitro Swimming – Cedar Park, TX **Verbally committed to Georgia**
    Best Times: 400 IM – 4:10.99, 200 IM – 1:59.06, 200 back – 1:56.23, 100 back – 54.76


    https://swimswam.com/top-20-ncaa-rec...ol-class-2017/


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  6. #21
    Sorry BD, didn't see your post as I was in the midst of posting mine...

  7. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
    Looking slightly ahead to the 2018 crop , here's how a few of them fared @ 2016 Olympic Trials

    Cassidy Bayer:
    200 fly (#3)
    100 fly (#4)

    Eva Merrell:
    200 back (#9) - 1st alternate for tonight's final
    100 fly (#11)
    100 free (#26)
    50 free (#34)
    100 back (#50)

    Alex Walsh: (2019 recruit??)
    200 back (#11)
    100 back (#12)
    200 IM (#46)

    Anya Goeders:
    50 free (#9) - 1st alternate for tomorrow's final

    Anya Goeders Swims 3rd-Fastest 15-16 50 Free Ever at 25.16



    https://swimswam.com/anya-goeders-sw...ever-at-25-16/
    Not to rekindle faint dashed hopes, but tedbear's girl Penny is still in collegeswimming (self reporting) database. Top ranked 2019 recruit. Assume she'll swim in Canada as a pro, but...

  8. #23
    This list is exactly what we expected. Maggie and/or Nikol are must gets. Kuks is way overrated IMO. 2018>>2017

  9. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by BearDevil View Post
    Not to rekindle faint dashed hopes, but tedbear's girl Penny is still in collegeswimming (self reporting) database. Top ranked 2019 recruit. Assume she'll swim in Canada as a pro, but...
    Penny!!! But why the switch to 2019? Hmmmm, interesting.

  10. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by tedbear View Post
    Penny!!! But why the switch to 2019? Hmmmm, interesting.
    Still dubious Penny ever swims for an American college, but 2019 would be better for Cal than 2018. 2018 is the deeper recruiting class (especially in CA), so Bears might not have enough scholly $ is 2018. 2019 will be a smaller Cal recruiting class (Baker, Amy, McL), but Penny would be the clear recruiting priority. Noemie needs to work on Penny...

  11. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by BearDevil View Post
    Still dubious Penny ever swims for an American college, but 2019 would be better for Cal than 2018. 2018 is the deeper recruiting class (especially in CA), so Bears might not have enough scholly $ is 2018. 2019 will be a smaller Cal recruiting class (Baker, Amy, McL), but Penny would be the clear recruiting priority. Noemie needs to work on Penny...
    But 2019 is right before Tokyo, which isn't ideal either.

  12. #27
    Still must admit that I'm a newbie to posting (not quite sure how you experienced fellows favor doing things), but spotted Kuks' name in this recap: https://swimswam.com/greensboro-sectionals-day-3-recap/ where:

    Another notable swim on the women’s side was the 100 fly, which saw UNC’s Hellen Moffitt swim to a convincing win. Moffitt posted the only sub-1:00 of the evening to win in 59.13. Rounding out the top 3 behind her were Haley McInerny (1:00.87) and Hannah Kukurugya (1:01.50).

  13. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by BearDevil View Post
    2017 is a solid recruiting class for Cal specific needs (breast, distance), but it's not a strong class overall. Any of Abbey, Baker, Amy, or McL would be the top ranked recruit in this class. Pitzer, Marta, and AV are all very good, but there isn't a dominant across the board sprinter like Abbey, Manuel, or even Stanzi Mosely in the class.

    Kuks would be a very welcome addition to any program in the country, but it's a testament to how strong the Bay Area duopoly is now that she wouldn't have a huge impact in the pool for either team. 200 Fly is a niche event, but she wouldn't be the medley relay flyer for either team. If Teri opts for another flyer (loses Farida, still will have Noemie, McL, and Maddie), Margett would be a bigger bang for the buck flyer (faster in the 100, in state) than Kuks.

    Kuks will be a future team captain wherever she goes, good student, and a recruiting pipeline to former Junior National teammates. She'll end up on the farm if that's her dream school, but she'll have better financial offers from Georgia, Lville, or 'SC.
    Hbear, any contribution you can make to our small community is always appreciated. We don't really have any rules or formalities. Kuks' 1:01.50 would have placed her 92nd at Olympic Trials. She's a good swimmer, and like BD said, she has a lot of intangibles when it comes to academics, leadership, etc., but I just think that being ranked the No.8 recruit in the country is a little high. The bigger target in the Fly is 2018 recruit Eva Merrell. Eva's results at OT, 100 Fly 59.02 (11th in semis), 50 Free 25.88 (34th), 100 Free 55.92 (26th), 100 Back 1:02.53 (50th), and 200 Back 2:10.21 (9th in semis). Not only could she contribute to four different relays, but she has the versatility that Teri loves.

    Since we are looking at OT results, here are some other times for the top 2017 recruits.
    Maggie Aroesty - 100 Breast 1:08.59 (18th), 200 Breast 2:31.40 (28th), 200 IM 2:13.99 (7th, 9th in semis), and 400 IM 4:48.78 (18th). To me, Maggie is Caitlyn Leverenz reincarnated. She should be by far be our number one target. She would anchor both medley relays, and fill all kinds of holes in both our Breast and IM events.
    Nikol Popov - 100 Breast 1:09.51 (29th), 200 Breast 2:35.69 (73rd), and 200 IM 2:17.68 (38th). As most of you know, I want both Nikol and Maggie. They are already friends, and they could push each other, just like Amy and Kathleen in the Back.

    Will do the sprinters comparison later, but like Marta Ciesla's upside more than Ashley Volpenhein and Lauren Pitzer.

  14. #29
    https://swimswam.com/ncaa-runner-mir...ring-michigan/

    Not all that surprising that breaststroker Miranda Tucker transferred out of IU. Lilly King is America's best breaststroker and was in the same class. Had hoped she might transfer to Cal. An intraconference transfer is unusual.

  15. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by BearDevil View Post
    Had hoped she might transfer to Cal.
    Would had been huge if it happened and she would had been treated like a queen..on this board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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