2019 Women's Swimming Recruiting

UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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Alright, here's a rough overview of where the 2019 recruiting presently stands for a few of the major programmes (Cal, Texas & Virginia), culled from some earlier posts on this thread.

Not loudly complaining at my end over all these distance, mid-distance & IM recruits becoming unavailable to LSJU so early on (well, unless they decommit later on in favour of the Farm that is lol).

Have a feeling that Salo & co. aren't smiling all that much either over these 2019 verbals, as distance/open water used to be one of their niche areas on top of their breasts!

Aggies prob not too happy with their arch-rival Horns monopolising the IMs here, traditionally one of their programme's strengths & depth, along with their breasts...

Anyway IMO it's about time that the talent wealth is distributed a mite more evenly all around, bit tired of watching helplessly as the Furd kept hogging 40%+ of the Top 10, recruiting class after recruiting class...

As BD commented, given greater parity between the academic+swim powerhouses (Cal, LSJU, Texas, Michigan, and UVa), reckon most of us here would take our chances with the most proven winner from those five schools - i.e. McKeever...though Meehan does have the more recent momentum there. Also - "Durden crushed LSJU at PACs in fly cluster points and survived in distance. Teri's won titles via back and fly clusters with next to nothing in distance and breast".

UPDATE => Did take the liberty of merging & reformatting several comments...

bearz012 said:


The class of 2019 is nowhere as strong as the 2018 class, but still has some solid prospects. I'm thinking that if we land 6 solid recruits, it'll be solid.

Needs:
- Back (we're pretty weak beyond Kathleen & Amy)
- Fly (esp. 200 fly)
- Sprint free (to replace Amy on relays)
- IM (Keaton seems to be the only one apart from Kathleen who can make NCAAs)
- Mid-distance free (Katie was a huge help w/ the 500 free, and Kathleen, Amy, and Katie are a huge part of the 800 free relay)
- Of course, our usual weaknesses: Breast, distance free/IM, diving

Some quick notes:
- Florida (3), California (5), Virginia (3), Texas (3) have the most depth, with California having their #5 swimmer still being top 25 nationally.
- Not that many sprinters, but a considerable amount of distance swimmers
- Backstrokers in this class (Berkoff, Brooks) have high improvement curves from when I last went over backstrokers (both dropped time at Juniors)
- Lots of flyers, though none of the caliber of the fly-heavy 2018 class


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2019 recruits - a breakdown


- *BEARS* -


Isabel Ivey (#1 Nat, #1 FL) - Gator Swim Club
All-Around: - esp. good at 100-200 free & 2IM, strong back, breast, fly

She's extremely versatile, with her best stroke being free, and her second best stroke being...uh...basically everything. Versatility is something Teri values, so I can easily see Teri targeting her as a recruit.


Chloe Clark (#17 Nat, #3 CA) - Sierra Marlins Swim Team
All-Around: - great IMs, great 100 back and free, 1:02 breast; only "weakness" is fly (55 sec 100 fly)

You might be wondering as to why I chose such a "lower-ranked" recruit, it's because of her versatility. I tried to find the most versatile recruits, and I think that a lot of the distance swimmers (Donohoe, Heckman, Sims) are ranked too high, especially when they can only swim 500/1000/1650 free (I'm a fan of distance freestylers, don't get me wrong.) However, Chloe is pretty versatile, with her weakest stroke being butterfly, in which she still has a solid time of 55.15, though her best event is IM.

I see her more of an Emma Muzzy (NC State commit)-like swimmer, with a good 200 IM (I'm pretty sure Emma had around the same time too) with backstroke being her strongest stroke. Think her lineup would be similar to Keaton's and Thleen's (if she were to come here haha), with 100/200 back, 200 IM.


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- Horns -


Mary Smutny (#7 Nat, #2 FL) - AquaKids Sharks Swim Team
Fly: - best all-around flyer in this class, solid 100/200/500 frees as well


Miranda Heckman (#12 Nat, #2 CA) - Pleasanton Seahawks
Mid-Distance Free (200-500): - great 200 and 500, her 1650 is solid

I can't decide whether she'd swim 200/500/1650 or 500/1650/400 IM. Probably wouldn't be a relay player, and her times seem to be pretty much equal w/ Chenoa's.
(Miranda: 1:46.7/4:41.5/16:28.5/4:15.9 400 IM; Chenoa: 1:48.3/4:41.1/16:04.3/4:13.5)

I don't see Teri recruiting someone with the same times as Chenoa, but if she could drop more time (esp. in 200 free), it might add a lot more value to her.


Kelly Pash (#15 Nat, #2 IN) - Carmel Swim Club
IM: - slightly faster than Nelson in both IMs, but also has solid 50/100/200 frees


Cora Dupre (#27 Nat, #1 OH)


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* Hoos *


Kate Douglass (#4 Nat, #1 NY) - Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club
Sprint Free (50-100): - great 50/100, some back/breast/IM as well


Madelyn Donohoe (#8 Nat, #1 VA) - The Fish
Distance Free (500-1650): - mostly just 500-1650, solid 200


Ella Nelson (#14 Nat, #1 TN) - Nashville Aquatic Club
IM: - also a sub 2:10 breaststroker, but better all-around IMer


Lexi Cuomo (#36 Nat, #4 VA)


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TOP TIMES OF THE CLASS OF 2019:

50 free: Kate Douglass (#4 Nat, #1 NY): 22.04 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO VIRGINIA**
100 free: Isabel Ivey (#1 Nat, #1 FL): 47.88 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO CAL**
200 free: Isabel Ivey (#1 Nat, #1 FL): 1:43.64 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO CAL**
500 free: Miranda Heckman (#15 Nat, #2 CA): 4:41.53 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO TEXAS**
1000 free: Maddie Donohoe (#10 Nat, #1 VA): 9:41.46 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO VIRGINIA**
1650 free: Maddie Donohoe (#10 Nat, #1 VA): 16:08.71 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO VIRGINIA**
100 back: Katharine Berkoff (#11 Nat, #1 MT): 51.95
200 back: Katharine Berkoff (#11 Nat, #1 MT): 1:53.61
100 breast: Emily Weiss (#14 Nat, #2 IN): 58.77 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO INDIANA**
200 breast: Zoie Hartman (#5 Nat, #1 CA): 2:08.60
100 fly: Coleen Gillilan (#7 Nat, #1 CO): 52.60
200 fly: Mary Smutny (#8 Nat, #2 FL): 1:56.58 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO TEXAS**
200 IM: Isabel Ivey (#1 Nat, #1 FL): 1:55.77 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO CAL**
400 IM: Kelly Pash (#6 Nat, #1 IN): 4:10.97 **VERBALLY COMMITTED TO TEXAS**

*times and rankings are as of Dec. 17, 2017*


BearDevil said:

Nice job, bear012. Thleen, Amy, and Katie scholly $s translates to more than three recruits, especially if two are in-state.

Losing both Thleen & Amy makes a high end backstroker a huge need.. Izzy's best value is as a sprinter, but her back times are solid which makes her the clear top priority. Maddie/Cassidy/Elise can hold down the fly legs.

swimmer19 said:


Chloe- She is the type of versatile swimmer that Teri is aiming for. Overall, she looks to be mostly a backstroker with PBs of 53.23/1:56.79, respectively, not to underestimate her breast/IM/sprint free capabilities.

Kate- The only part where I would see that we would need Kate D. is for sprint free and relay value. As you all know, she's gone almost sub-22 flat start, and with Amy being a big part of the 200 free relay, would be a nice substitute to that.

Miranda- Proficient distance swimmer extending in the ranges of 200-the mile. She holds times of 1:46.79/4:41.53/9:50.10/16:28.51 amongst her range of freestyle. Her backstroke (55.61/1:59.79) and 100 fly (55.88) are more than sufficient for a distance swimmer, and her 400 IM (4:15.91) is also very solid.

Kelly Pash: Boasts excellent free (22.9/48.5/1:45.2), 200 fly (1:57.9), and IM (1:58.0/4:10.9) times

Cora Dupre: Bearz012 and I have discussed her a bit ever since someone shared the Texas unofficial visit pic in the thread. We understand that Texas is on her radar, and probs the Furd (Ashley), Tennessee (Hannah Foster), and maybe some other sprint-inclined school that will cater to her needs, which is primarily sprint (22.51/49.53) and back/fly (54.83/55.92).

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swimmer19 said:

Kelly Pash- Texas?

Pic below is at the Graffiti Park at Castle Hill in Austin, not far from the UT campus.


bearz012 said:

Kelly Pash: Boasts excellent free (22.9/48.5/1:45.2), 200 fly (1:57.9), and IM (1:58.0/4:10.9) times. Could easily slid into our 400 and 800 free relays, and would contribute a solid 400 IM. Swims for Carmel (Amy, Veronica & Sammie Burchill - UGA, Claire Adams - Horns, Drew Kibler - Horns).
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Kelly Pash (#6 Nat, #1 IN), Ella Collins (#59 Nat, #5 TX), Lindsay Looney (#17 Nat, #2 TX), Emma Wheal (#51 Nat, #4 TX), Cora Dupre (#35 Nat, #1 OH), Ella Nelson (#13 Nat, #1 TN)

Kelly: "VERY excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Texas!!!! Thankful for everyone's support along the way! Hook 'em!

YET ANOTHER LONGHORN VERBAL: CARMEL'S KELLY PASH ADDS TO CLASS OF 2023



CS ranking as of verbal: #7 Nat, #1 IN

So far, the Horns are 2/3 for their visitors. No surprise here, but this class is definitely superior to the over-bragged 2023 UVA class, though still impressive. Bears definitely need to catch up, and shouldn't stay complacent with our two star commits thus far.
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bearz012 said:


Fly:

Coleen Gillian (#6 Nat, #1 CO) - Fort Collins Area Swim Team
- putting her here b/c I have no idea where to put her & she swam fly on her team's medley relay lol
- projects as great breastrokers (1:00.4) and flyer (53.0); solid IMs as well
bearz012 said:


TOP TIMES OF THE CLASS OF 2019:

100 fly: Coleen Gillilan (#7 Nat, #1 CO): 52.60

*times and rankings
are as of Dec. 17, 2017*


Coleen Gillilan (#5 Nat, #1 CO at time of verbal) -> The Fighting Irish (Notre Dame)

"I am beyond honored to announce my commitment to Notre Dame. I fell in love with everything the school has to offer from the academics to the football games. Nothing could compare to their team atmosphere and the bonds between teammates. I know Notre Dame will allow me to excel in athletics and academics without sacrificing one for the other. I am proud to make this family my next home. Go Irish!!"





UPDATE #1 => Coleen's extensive versatility prob. accounts for her impressive #5 ranking...here are some of her best times (all achieved last month @ the 2018 Colorado 5A State Championship, except for the 100 Breast & 200 IM):

50 Free: 22.56
200 Free: 1:45.78 (altitude adjusted time from 1:46.98)
500 Free: 4:53.29 (altitude adjusted time from 4:58.29)
100 Fly: 52.17
100 Breast: 1:00.11
200 IM: 1:56.70


UPDATE #2 => NAT'L HS RECORD-HOLDER COLEEN GILLILAN VERBALLY COMMITS TO NOTRE DAME

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Lauren: "I'm so proud to share my verbal commitment to the University of Kentucky class of 2023! I can't wait to be a part of such an amazing school and team. Go wildcats!!! #BBN"

NBAC'S LAUREN POOLE VERBALLY COMMITS TO UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY CLASS OF 2023



CS ranking as of verbal: #58 Nat, #1 MD
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Bears are still in fine shape with #1 Izzy & #21 Chloe!

...just need to take it up a few further notches perhaps by signing #11 Kat Berkoff

...and then wrap things up with a couple of (or more hehe) in-state studs - #6 Zoie Hartman, #17 Alex Crisera, #25 Ayla Spitz...
zeldazcat said:

in state sprinter alexandra crisera has fast 50/100 along with some backstroke potential (1:54)
bearz012 said:

Ayla has pretty much the same times as Chloe in backstroke (actually, they both go 53.46 in 100 back), just a bit slower in 200 back. Both have times similar to current frosh Sophie K-Z. As I was looking through her best times, I noticed that they were all done pretty recently, indicating a high improvement curve (similar to baby bear Ema Rajic's improvement curve in breast) which could be pretty promising.

The #4 California recruit, Alexandra Crisera, swims at Southern California Swimming & Mira Costa HS She has solid 50/100/200 free times (22.4/48.8/1:47.0) and projects as a free/back swimmer.
HARVARD COMMIT SAMANTHA SHELTON AMONG WINNERS AT CARLSBAD SECT. DAY 2

Cal-commit Elise Garcia kicked things off with a win in the 100 fly, going 53.62. In second was 15-year-old Anicka Delgado in 53.84.

Beach Cities' Alexandra Crisera, 16, won the girls' 100 back in 53.72, followed closely by Nova's Ayla Spitz in 53.75.

Samantha Shelton, a Harvard-commit, was the only swimmer sub-2:00 in the girls' 200 IM, winning in 1:59.40 (26.21/30.14/34.93/28.12). She had been 1:57.59 in December at the 2017 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships West. Ayla Spitz also took second in the race, going 2:00.49.
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NCSU with their version of the DeSorbo hype...

Who could it be?
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Izzie is currently at an LCM meet in Florida, dropping some pretty solid mid-season times!

On Thursday, she split a 29.23 on the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay, a 25.99 freestyle leg on the mixed 200 medley relay, and a 26.06 on the mixed 200 freestyle relay.

The following day, she defeated Hungarian Olympian and silver medalist Boglarka Kapas by nearly 3 seconds in the 200 freestyle, going a 1:59.74. She then placed second in the 100 breast (1:12.64) and split a 2:01.68 on her team's second place 800 meter freestyle relay.

Saturday saw her defeat UF commit Kathleen Golding in the 200 IM by 2 seconds, going a 2:16.77. Her splits were 28.71, 34.44, 41.34, and 32.28. She also placed third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.51.

Finally, on Sunday, Ivey kicked off her final day with a 1:03.00 backstroke split in her team's 400 medley relay that touched first. She scratched out of finals for this day, but went a 57.10 in the 100 meter freestyle, 2:17.14 in the 200 backstroke, and finally, split a 57.02 on the anchor leg of the 400 freestyle relay.
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Official write-up for Coleen Gillilan published via SwimSwam:

NAT'L HS RECORD-HOLDER COLEEN GILLILAN VERBALLY COMMITS TO NOTRE DAME

Coleen: "I am beyond honored to announce my commitment to Notre Dame. I fell in love with everything the school has to offer from the academics to the football games. Nothing could compare to their team atmosphere and the bonds between teammates. I know Notre Dame will allow me to excel in athletics and academics without sacrificing one for the other. I am proud to make this family my next home. Go Irish!!"

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Katie: "Couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my 17th birthday (just a few hours early) than by announcing my verbal commitment to the University of Virginia! I'm beyond excited to get to grounds and be a cavalier! #WAHOOWA"

FHSAA 4A RECORD-HOLDER KATIE CRONIN VERBALLY COMMITS TO UVA FOR 2019-20


CS ranking as of verbal: #136 Nat, #13 FL

Presumably the recruit that they were talking about here...

http://instagr.am/p/BgZasttjDmT

Cronin's pretty close friends with Izzie, so I saw sort of a connection here, but no loss here.
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So is Desorbo going to coach the basketball team???? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! #GAMOVER #ALLDAYALLDAY
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swimmer19 said:

http://instagr.am/p/BgIQNxyguDr
Maddy: I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at NC State!!! NC State is the perfect fit, with great coaches, an enthusiastic and passionate team culture, and highly ranked programs in the STEM field. Huge thanks to all of my family, friends, coaches and teammates that have supported me along the way. I can't wait to get to Raleigh. GO PACK!



SWIMMAC'S MADDY FLICKINGER HANDS VERBAL COMMITMENT TO NC STATE
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Who do you guys think it is? I'm thinking one of Olwyn Bartis, Kaitlynn Sims, or Ashlyn Fiorilli, but at the same time, it could also be for the guys' side since the post didn't exactly specify.
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A full NCSA Juniors Recap - lots of fast swims and some new & old recruits to look out for...

Recaps:
[url=https://swimswam.com/watch-race-videos-from-day-1-of-the-2018-ncsa-junior-nationals/][/url]
2018 NCSA JUNIORS: HOMOVICH WINS 1000 WITH BEST TIME 9:33 ON NIGHT 1

2018 NCSA SPRING JR NATIONALS: DAY 2 FINALS LIVE RECAP
2018 NCSA SPRING JR NATIONALS: DAY 3 FINALS LIVE RECAP
2018 NCSA SPRING JR NATIONALS: DAY 4 LIVE FINALS RECAP
2018 NCSA SPRING JR NATIONALS: DAY 5 FINALS LIVE RECAP

2019:
1) Ashley McCauley (#22 Nat, #1 NC)
- 1:01.01 to place 5th in 100 breast, 28.85 in 50 breast

2) Rachel Klinker (#25 Nat, #1 KY)
- placed 4th in the 1000 free with a 9:51.23, 6th in 200 fly (1:58.29), 2nd in 200 free (1:46.56)

3) Caroline Cooper (#39 Nat, #6 FL)
- 2nd in 200 fly (1:56.03)

4) Averee Preble (#48 Nat, #7 CA)
- teammate of Claire Tuggle, placed 5th in the 1000 (9:51.67)

2020:
1) Isabelle Stadden (#6 Nat, #2 MN)
- great backstroker option if we don't get Regan Smith
- placed 1st in 100 IM (54.81), 1:49.9 anchor in 800 FR, 1:52.04 to place 2nd in 200 back
- 6th in B final of 100 free (50.19), 1:02.31 (3rd in B final), 24.61 backstroke split, 28.41 in 50 breast

2) Abby Arens (#7 Nat, #1 NC)
- 3rd in 100 IM (55.19), 1:49.4 split in 800 FR, 1:00.01 in 100 breast (1st), 28.27 in 50 breast,

3) Phoebe Bacon (#7 Nat, #2 VA)
- same team as Ledecky, Cassidy, Seliskar (NCAP)
- 5th in 100 IM (55.32), placed 3rd in 200 back with 1:52.84, 1:02.16 to win the B final in 100 breast
- 24.93 back split, 28.65 in 50 breast,

4) Anna Keating (#11 Nat, #3 VA)
- 37th in 100 IM (57.70), 1:00.58 in 100 breast to place 3rd, 28.50 in 50 breast

5) Grace Cooper (#17 Nat, #1 IL)
- 49.85 to place 2nd in B final of 100 free

6) Abby Harter (#19 Nat, #4 VA)
- teammate of Phoebe Bacon, 12th in 100 IM (56.18), 3rd in 200 fly (1:56.04)

7) Annika Wagner (#24 Nat, #3 IL)
- 13th in 100 IM (56.30), 7th in B final of 100 free (50.45), 3rd in 200 free (1:47.01), 4:15.27 in 400 IM

2021:
1) Victoria "Torri" Huske
- 4th in 100 IM (55.31), 50.32 in 100 free

2) Grace Sheble
- 7th in 100 IM (55.42), 1:47 lead-off in 800 FR, 1st in 200 fly (1:55.82), 2nd in B final of 200 free (1:48.74)
- 4:07.74 to win 400 IM

3) Ashley Strouse
- same teammate as Ryan Hoffer
- placed 2nd in the 1000 behind UGA commit Maddie Homovich (9:40.58), 1:48.7 anchor in 800 FR
- 2nd in 100 free (49.24), 22.48 free split, 1:46.36 to win B final of 200 free

4) Rebekah Hamilton
- 1:49.5 anchor in 800 FR, 49.35 to place 4th in 100 free

5) Caroline Sheble
- 1:57.88 to win B final in 200 fly, 4:14.14 in 400 IM

2022:
1) Claire Tuggle
- Dropped 12 seconds in her 1000 free to place 3rd with a 9:43.88
- 50.10 in 100 free (5th in B final), 1:44.96 200 free win
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Taking a (slight) break from all the record-breaking furor (Dressel, I'm lookin at yer...) and the frenzied excitement surrounding the men's team title race @ Minneapolis these next few days, er, just wanted to let Regan know that Bears have a spot specially reserved for you @ Backstroke U come 2020...hehe

To put this astonishing time into some context, Regan would have easily claimed the runner-up spot in this event @ 2018 NCAAs last week - would be behind Thleen & her brilliant American Record by exactly a second...but ahead of 2nd place Asia Seidt & 3rd place Beata Nelson's strong 1:49 swims by almost a full second...

Furthermore, Regan's 1:48.30 would have mounted a successful challenge to Kathleen's 1:48.44 winning time @ 2017 NCAAs!!! Of currently active swimmers, Thleen Bean's the only one who has gone faster than Smith, and on 2 occasions - 2018 Pac-12 (1:48.27) & NCAA finals (1:47.30).

As far as I'm aware, until yesterday, every single 200 Back swim accomplished in a time of 1:48 or lower (I'm consciously omitting the Gators' UK recruit & former WR holder Gemma Spofforth's 1:48.34 from 2009 SECs, since it was done in the supersuit-aided era) has been achieved by a Golden Bear (Thleen, Liz, Missy) ... hence another compelling reason for Regan Smith to join our beary exclusive club - that way, Regan can also continue her studly streak of beating super furdette-to-be Taylor Ruck in the 100 Back like she did @ 2017 Junior World Champs lol


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16-YEAR OLD REGAN SMITH SWIMS 1:48 IN 200 YARD BACK AT SECTIONALS



16-year old Regan Smith, a member of the USA Swimming National Team and the 2017 World Championships Team, has crushed the 15-16 National Age Group Record in the 200 yard backstroke.

Smith, who bypassed her ascribed Section 1 Sectionals meet in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin earlier this meet, is instead racing in Akron, Ohio. There, she swam a 1:48.30 in the first final of the meet. That improved upon her own record of 1:50.01 set in prelims, Kylie Stewart's old record of 1:50.66 from 2013, and Smith's prior personal best of 1:51.30, done at the 2017 U.S. College Challenge.

Top 5 Performers all-time, any age, 200 yard backstroke:
[ol]
  • Kathleen Baker, 1:47.30, 2018
  • Liz Pelton, 1:47.84, 2013
  • Missy Franklin, 1:47.91, 2015
  • Regan Smith, 1:48.30, 2018
  • Gemma Spofforth, 1:48.34, 2009
  • [/ol]




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    • UPDATE => New PB of 51.63 in the 100 Fly (old best = 51.73 from Dec 2016), which would have scored in the B final @ 2018 NCAAs. Also a lifetime best of 48.81 (prev 100 Free PR = 49.50 from Jan 2017), leading off Riptide's 400 FR...

    Regan Smith Lowers 100 Fly 15-16 NAG Record at Akron Sectionals


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    • UPDATE => Regan does it yet again, smashing another 2 lifetime bests of hers!

    a) 100 BK - 50.84 (prev PB = 51.09 from Dec 2016), a time which would have placed 6th @ 2018 NCAAs, just behind Janet Hu!




    b) 200 Fly - 1:53.50 (old PR = 1:55.02 from 2017 USA College Challenge) - that would have qualified for B finals of NCAAs from prelims, but happens to be faster than Vanessa Krause' 1:54.08 in the A final...

    • Of some note here - Regan was about half a second from Cal legend Mary T.'s 15-16 NAG record of 1:52.99 that has stood since 1981 (still has almost a year in which to attempt that feat again). That time by "Madame Butterfly" actually also represented the American record for a whopping 21 years, until (appropriately enough) another legendary Golden Bear, Natalie, took it down in Dec 2002...


    Regan Smith Breaks NAG Record in 100 Back at Sectional; MLA Shining


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    USA Swimming Stats: 14,106 - Days ago Mary T Meagher lowered the American Record in the women's 100 Fly under 1 min for the first time. 29 U.S. women broken a min last year some 37 years later.



    (Mary T. ... Natalie ... Dana)



    (Cass. ... Seli)


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    swimmer19 said:

    Which of our other potential recruits could fall under the trap and head to C'ville? I'm thinking Zoie Hartman and Kelly Pash. Olwyn Bartis/Maddy Flickinger/Cora Dupre a possibility. I know we are recruiting Zoie hard, and for that matter, probably Kelly as well. Not sure of our status with the remaining three, but as far as I'm concerned, UVA recruiting could possibly top Stanford recruiting this graduating class (2019).
    swimmer19 said:

    3. Olwyn Bartis: SwimMAC (Thleen). Incredible range of freestyle (think Drew Kibler, Trey Freeman on the men's side). In the event that we do get her, I think it eliminates the immediate need for Ella Ristic in 2020 as Olwyn herself would be a decent replacement for Chenoa with the exception of the non-CS reported 1650/1000 (holds times of 22.78/49.44/1:46.39/4:46.31 50-500).
    Olwyn: "So excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for Duke University. Super thankful for everyone who has helped me reach this point. Can't wait to be a Blue Devil!!!!"

    2X NCHSAA 3A CHAMP OLWYN BARTIS ANNOUNCES VERBAL TO DUKE



    CS ranking as of verbal: #33 Nat, #2 NC

    Was convinced that she was going to go to UVA, but her to Duke is better for us anyways.

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    Heather: "Im super excited to announce I have decided to swim for the NC state university! I chose this school because of the combination of the great acedemics and athletics. Can't wait to be apart of such a great program! Go pack!"



    CS ranking as of verbal: #40 Nat, #2 PA

    The spelling...
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    Katie: "I am so excited to announce my commitment to swim at NC State!!! Special thanks to God for making this possible and to my parents, coaches, and friends for their support. GO PACK!!!! ???? #WW"



    CS ranking as of verbal: #3 VA, #31 Nat

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    Had her going to UGA, and DeSorbo's people were interested in her, but at least this takes away some of the "game-over" hype that there is at UVA.
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    bearz012 said:


    Olwyn: "So excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for Duke University. Super thankful for everyone who has helped me reach this point. Can't wait to be a Blue Devil!!!!"



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    CS ranking as of verbal: #33 Nat, #2 NC

    Was convinced that she was going to go to UVA, but her to Duke is better for us anyways.


    Not a big fan of the Duke Chapel: last time I went to services there, God snaked my sunglasses (Oski never pulled that crap on me in Berkeley). They did remove Robert E Lee from the characters above the entrance to the Chapel. Hope he gets replaced by Maija, Klaren, or Grant Hill.
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    swimmer19 said:

    4. Ashley Turak: From Michigan, I would like to be inclined to say that she's on Mike Bottom's radar. I don't know much about her, but if we can pull her in, with a bit of further development heck she may as well be the next Maddie Murphy sans fly skills. Solid sprinter (22.38/49.79 free), which is pretty much all she can do, but brings in lots of value.

    Ashley: "I am extremely excited to announce that I have verbally committed to Indiana University to continue studying and to further my swim career! #gohoosiers!"

    MHSAA RECORD-HOLDER ASHLEY TURAK MAKES VERBAL COMMITMENT TO INDIANA


    CS ranking as of verbal: #42 Nat, #1 MI

    Thought that she might head over to Michigan, but her sprint free skills (22.38 in 50 free) will definitely make IU a bigger contender in those medley relays than they already where...though they are losing Lilly King (but still getting Emily Weiss)
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    Thought I'd do a quick recap of all the recruits and their progressions (based on rankings on CS) All current rankings are as of March 30, 2018.

    CAL
    - Chloe Clark: 1/24/18 - #20 Nat, #4 CA --> #24 Nat, #4 CA
    - Isabel Ivey: 1/28/18 - #1 Nat, #1 FL --> #1 Nat, #1 FL

    VIRGINIA
    - Maddie Donohoe: 2/19/18 - #10 Nat, #1 VA --> #11 Nat, #1 VA
    - Ella Nelson: 2/24/18 - #13 Nat, #1 TN --> #13 Nat, #1 TN
    - Kate Douglass: 2/27/18 - #4 Nat, #1 NY --> #4 Nat, #1 NY
    - Lexi Cuomo: 2/28/18 - #36 Nat, #4 VA --> #34 Nat, #4 VA
    - Katie Cronin: 3/16/18 - #126 Nat, #13 FL --> #125 Nat, #11 FL
    - Caroline Kulp: 3/30/18 - #28 Nat, #2 VA --> #29 Nat, #2 VA

    TEXAS
    - Mary Smutny: 2/14/18 - #8 Nat, #2 FL --> #9 Nat, #2 FL
    - Miranda Heckman: 3/4/18 - #19 Nat, #3 CA --> #19 Nat, #3 CA
    - Cora Dupre: 3/4/18 - #27 Nat, #1 OH --> #31 Nat, #1 OH
    - Kelly Pash: 3/5/18 - #7 Nat, #1 IN --> #6 Nat, #1 IN

    KENTUCKY
    - Caitlin Brooks: 1/16/18 - #12 Nat, #3 FL --> #12 Nat, #3 FL
    - Kaitlynn Wheeler: 2/8/18 - #40 Nat, #1 IL --> #44 Nat, #1 IL
    - Lauren Poole: 3/6/18 - #58 Nat, #1 MD --> #61 Nat, #1 MD
    - Tori McCullough: 4/7/18 - #77 Nat, #2 MD --> #77 Nat, #2 MD

    FLORIDA
    - Talia Bates: 12/16/17 - #29 Nat, #5 FL --> #27 Nat, #5 FL
    - Kathleen Golding: 12/16/17 - #27 Nat, #4 FL --> #26 Nat, #4 FL
    - Allie Piccirillo: 4/7/18 - #58 Nat, #2 KY --> #59 Nat, #2 KY

    NC STATE
    - Maddy Flickinger: 3/18/18 - #80 Nat, #4 NC --> #82 Nat, #4 NC
    - Heather MacCausland: 3/24/18 - #40 Nat, #2 PA --> #39 Nat, #2 PA
    - Katie Mack: 3/25/18 - #31 Nat, #3 VA --> #33 Nat, #3 VA

    INDIANA
    - Emily Weiss: 7/1/17--> #13 Nat, #1 IN --> #16 Nat, #2 IN
    - Ashley Turak: 3/26/18 - #42 Nat, #1 MI --> #43 Nat, #1 MI

    ARIZONA STATE
    - Riley Lexvold: 2/17/18 - #45 Nat, #6 CA --> #53 Nat, #8 CA
    - Claire Nguyen: 2/23/18 - #86 Nat, #5 VA --> #92 Nat, #5 VA

    MISSOURI
    - Amy Feddersen: 4/5/18 --> #55 Nat, #2 IA --> #56 Nat, #2 IA

    NOTRE DAME
    - Coleen Gillilan: 3/6/18 - #5 Nat, #1 CO --> #4 Nat, #1 CO

    DUKE
    - Olwyn Bartis: 3/24/18 - #33 Nat, #2 NC --> #34 Nat, #2 NC

    UNC
    - Amy Dragelin: 2/25/18 - #83 Nat, #5 NC --> #83 Nat, #5 NC
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    Thank you for the recap, bearz012.

    Was wondering if the primary swim/dive recruiting weekend for 2019 may fall on 22 Sept, cos of Cal Aquatics Gala?


    OTOH, no FB home game scheduled that weekend...so perhaps the match v. Idaho State (15 Sept), or Oregon Ducks (29 Sept) instead?
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    Caroline: "Excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the University of Virginia!! Thankful for everyone who has supported me along the way. WAHOOWA #2023"

    4X VHSL RECORD-HOLDER CAROLINE KULP GIVES CAVS YET ANOTHER IN-STATE VERBAL


    CS ranking as of verbal: #28 Nat, #2 VA
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    ONE MORE VERBAL FOR UVA'S CLASS OF 2023: NEW YORK DIVER JENNIFER BELL

    Jennifer: "I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with Head Coach Todd DeSorbo and Head Diving Coach Jason Glorius to become the best diver I can be and to compete with all my heart for the UVA Women's Swimming and Diving Team!"



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    Kinda scary, but it's only March 2018, and UVA already has 7 members of its 2019 class. Could this turn out to be the next 'SC recruit cycle of 2015?
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    swimmer19 said:

    5. Christiana Regenauer: Same with Ashley, this is my first time hearing about her. I checked the location provided on CS, seems to be about an hour away from NYC, where Kate D. is from. Much less sure about their connections, as well. However, she and Ashley with development could actually turn into a younger version of MM, but Christiana with those fly skills. Another sprinter (22.76/49.36/1:49.12) with a decent 100 fly (54.60)
    Hmm - looks like Regenauer has dropped about a tenth on her 50 free at NCSAs, and 0.01 off her 100, 2 seconds off her 200, and about 0.4 off her 100 fly. Looks promising, though I think the five schools she's considering are Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, Stanford, and Virginia.

    UGA:



    Auburn:



    Ohio State:



    Stanford:



    Virginia:

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    bearz012 said:


    Distance Free (500-1650):


    (middle)

    Kaitlynn Simms (#9 Nat, #1 TX) - Magnolia Aquatic Club

    - same as Donohoe, slightly slower 1650, good 400 IM
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    Some underrated TX recruits:

    -Kaitlynn Sims (2019, Magnolia Aquatic Club, Montgomery(??), TX): So. No HS connections (rather isolated part of the HTX metro area), club teammates with Lucie and Lillie Nordmann, the former of whom will be reppin the Furd. Also former teammates with Emily Reese, current lady longhorn swimmer. Big-time distance swimmer and great 4IMer.


    Kaitlynn Sims (#10 Nat, #1 TX) -> Michigan Wolverines

    http://instagr.am/p/BhIQqNcnLNe

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    UPDATE =>

    WINTER JUNIORS CHAMP KAITLYNN SIMS GIVES VERBAL TO MICHIGAN FOR 2019-20

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    With many of the top 10 recruits verballing so early, many others have gone on unofficial visits as well...

    Jade Foelske (#47 Nat, #1 GA) recently visited ASU ...



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    Lauryn Johnson (#88 Nat, #3 NY) visited the USC with clubmate & current Trojan Maggie Aroesty ...

    http://instagr.am/p/BhDHdNwBoIB

    as well as UCLA...



    Looks like Sarah DiMeco (#20 Nat, #1 WA) also paid a visit: video clip

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    Allie Piccirillo (#58 Nat, #2 KY) recently visited Florida:



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    Sophia Kudryashova (#94 Nat, #1 NJ), who's from the same team as sophomore Alexa Buckley also visited UNC relatively recently:

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    Amy: "Super excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of Missouri! Thank you to everyone who has helped me reach this point. Go Tigers!!"

    IOWA HIGH SCHOOL RECORD-HOLDER AMY FEDDERSEN VERBALLY COMMITS TO MIZZOU

    http://instagr.am/p/BhMpjDTh_cV

    CS ranking as of verbal: #55 Nat, #2 IA

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    Jordan: "So excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study for the University of Minnesota! I can't thank my coaches, teammates, and family enough for helping me get to this point! #skiumah"

    JORDAN MCGINTY STAYS IN-STATE WITH VERBAL TO MINNESOTA

    http://instagr.am/p/BgzlbqWgxFS

    CS ranking as of verbal: #73 Nat, #1 MN

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    Allie Piccirillo (#58 Nat, #2 KY) recently visited Florida:



    Allie: ""super excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the university of florida!!!! can't wait to join the gator family! GO GATORS"

    ALLIE PICCIRILLO ADDS VERBAL COMMITMENT TO FLORIDA'S CLASS OF 2023



    CS ranking as of verbal: #58 Nat, #2 KY

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    CS ranking as of verbal: #77 Nat, #2 MD
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    bearz012 said:

    Lauryn Johnson (#88 Nat, #3 NY) visited the USC with clubmate & current Trojan Maggie Aroesty ...

    http://instagr.am/p/BhDHdNwBoIB

    as well as UCLA...



    Lauryn: "UCLA provides me with best opportunity to grow as a student, as an swimmer, and as a person, and I can't wait for the challenge to live up to what it means to be a UCLA athlete. I am so excited to work with Coach Cyndi and Coach Naya. I could not have gotten here without all of the support of my family, friends, and my entire LIAC family, thank you all so much for being a part of this. Go Bruins !!!"

    LAURYN JOHNSON ANNOUNCES VERBAL COMMITMENT TO UCLA FOR 2019-20



    CS ranking as of verbal: #88 Nat, #3 NY

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    Sophia: "I chose UCLA because I believe that it is the best fit for me both athletically and academically. It is the perfect environment for me to succeed as a swimmer and a student. I can't wait to be coached by such a great staff and be a part of the bruin family. I would like to thank my family, coaches, and friends for helping me achieve my dream of swimming for UCLA. Go Bruins!!!"



    CS ranking as of verbal: #176 Nat, #22 CA

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    Lindsay: "It's been a dream of mine to swim for UCLA since I was a little girlI am honored to be the newest addition to this amazing Bruins program. The team, coaching staff, as well as all of the incredible academic opportunities UCLA offers make it the perfect place to spend my collegiate years. I am so excited to be a Bruin!"

    COLORADO 4A RECORD-HOLDER LINDSAY STENSTROM MAKES VERBAL COMMITMENT TO UCLA


    CS ranking as of verbal: #388 Nat, #9 CO
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    UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


    Kelly Pash (#6 Nat, #1 IN), Ella Collins (#59 Nat, #5 TX), Lindsay Looney (#17 Nat, #2 TX), Emma Wheal (#51 Nat, #4 TX), Cora Dupre (#35 Nat, #1 OH), Ella Nelson (#13 Nat, #1 TN)
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    Some underrated TX recruits:

    -Ella Collins (2019, Austin Swim Club, ATX): Another Texas recruit. She's very well suited in her event(s), 100/200 free. More than proficient back/fly. Literally BFFs with the ASC crew (Kendall Shields (lady longhorns 2018 commit), Diana Dunn (UofL 2018 commit), Dakota Luther (UGA 2018 commit)), so that will influence her decision in one way or another.



    Ella Collins (#47 Nat, #4 TX) -> UVa

    http://instagr.am/p/BhXY8qfno7T
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    UVa really reeling the recruits in for next year's graduating class (quality and quantity). Still very happy with Chloe and Izzy on board, but a little anxious just to see the list of names stacking up... not to jinx our Bears, though!
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    HBear said:

    UVa really reeling the recruits in for next year's graduating class (quality and quantity). Still very happy with Chloe and Izzy on board, but a little anxious just to see the list of names stacking up... not to jinx our Bears, though!
    Think we're all waiting (with bated breath lol) for key decisions from Katharine Berkoff (biggest potential impact!) & Zoie Hartman...

    Plus several other high-profile prospects such as Alex Crisera, Sarah Dimeco, Ayla Spitz, Ashlyn Fiorilli, Lindsay Looney, Ashley McCauley etc (may have missed a few).

    Of course it is still really early as traditionally official trips don't kick off until the Sept timeframe - but then, it has been anything but traditional judging by the wave of early verbals for this class!

    One important consideration (well besides recruiting a talented group who can sort of replace the DT - no trivial task in itself! - whilst demonstrating highly sought-after qualities such as good fit with the team & coaches, solid academics, and being in tune with the school's tradition & spirit) I would reckon is to make sure as few of these get snapped up by LSJU (my main concern ), or by any other schools that can compete with Cal in both the pool & in the classroom...

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    Sizeable group of recruits competing @ the 2018 Irish Open in Dublin over the weekend.

    Here are the results & writeups for Day 1 (Wed 4 Apr) - Day 5 (Sun 8 Apr):

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    Several of the recruits previously discussed on these pages competed at this meet:



    Back Row:
    Kylie Powers ** (2018: #51 Nat, #6 TX --> TAMU), Phoebe Bacon (2020: #7 Nat, #2 VA), Anna Keating (2020: #13 Nat, #3 VA), Isabelle Stadden (2020: #6 Nat, #2 MN), Claire Grover (2018: #46 Nat, #2 AZ --> UCLA), Katie Schorr (2018: #72 Nat, #6 FL --> UofL), Caitlin Brooks (2019: #12 Nat, #3 FL --> UK)

    Front Row:
    Abby Harter (2020: #22 Nat, #4 VA), Claire Tuggle (2022?: will likely be ranked #1 Nat, #1 CA ), Christiana Regenauer (2019: #46 Nat, #2 NY), Talia Bates (2019: #28 Nat, #5 FL --> UF), Caroline Cooper (2019: #39 Nat, #6 FL --> UNC)


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    UPDATE => ** Cheers swimmer19 for identifying Kylie, and also for sussing out Claire's likely class!
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    UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

    HBear said:

    Plus several other high-profile prospects such as Alex Crisera, Sarah Dimeco, Ayla Spitz, Ashlyn Fiorilli, Lindsay Looney, Ashley McCauley etc (may have missed a few).

    Do believe that Ashlyn may have visited a while back, towards the beginning of the academic semester. Most/all of the freshmen, Katie McL, and Daniel Carr on the men's side followed her during that time.

    Also interested in Duke, UVA, UNC, ASU, Michigan, UGA, amongst others, but noticeably, no Stanford, which is good for us.
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    UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

    Several of the recruits previously discussed on these pages competed at this meet:

    Back Row: ??, Phoebe Bacon (2020: #7 Nat, #2 VA), Anna Keating (2020: #13 Nat, #3 VA), Isabelle Stadden (2020: #6 Nat, #2 MN), Claire Grover (2018: #46 Nat, #2 AZ --> UCLA), Katie Schorr (2018: #72 Nat, #6 FL --> UofL), Caitlin Brooks (2019: #12 Nat, #3 FL --> UK)

    Front Row: Abby Harter (2020: #22 Nat, #4 VA), Claire Tuggle (2023/2024?!: CA), Christiana Regenauer(2019: #46 Nat, #2 NY), Talia Bates (2019: #28 Nat, #5 FL --> UF), Caroline Cooper (2019: #38 Nat, #6 MN)
    The girl in the back row, denoted ??, is Kylie Powers, 2018 Texas A&M commit. Claire Tuggle should be 2022, based on age.
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    The NCSA team competing at Irish Open last week along with other elite recruits in 2019 and onwards is now being targeted by UVA/All Coaches and NCSU/Braden Holloway in the form of social media, although we know that may not be an accurate indicator. Not to mention, other top programs in the form of Michigan are also scrambling to attract these recruits. Think Teri may want to plan out her 2020 recruiting map now so that she isn't left in a hole come summer 2019...

    Recruits targeted include Isabelle Stadden, Anna Keating, Abby Harter, Lillie Nordmann, Emma Sticklen, Caroline Cooper, Phoebe Bacon, Walshes, to name a few... think we've discussed most these recruits in one way or another?

    Not sure if on Teri's radar for 2020, but Caraline Baker (Fort Collins) was spotted with 'SC gear on. Teammate of Zoe Bartel, so that may affect recruiting? http://instagr.am/p/Bf60cOpBVgI(2nd pic)
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