2019 Women's Swimming Recruiting

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

swimmer19 said:

Also, is Regan -> Furd automatically assumed at this point, or are we purely basing it off of social media? Since the NCAA came out with new recruiting rules earlier this week, what are the chances of her being on Cal campus as early as this fall?
Ooooh would be eva soo bear-y luvly if both Alex Walsh & Regan Smith were to join 2019 commits Izzy, Chloe & Rachel on the sidelines @ Memorial Stadium this coming Sept on an official visit!!! KB3 aka Katharine Berkoff would be very welcome too...

Furdettes may be feverishly working overtime to convert Regan to the Dark Side (Zoe, Lucie, Anya, Amalie, DRoy & JLeVant, but I'm clinging to my personal belief/hopes that she may yet see the light haha.

Recent comments on SwimSwam's Top 20 recruits for 2019 article indicate that, unfortunately for Bears, Regan's homeschooling may not present the admissions obstacle to farming that we had all hoped for, since exceptions to the Furd's strict academics policies (incl. re homeschooling & online classes) are apparently dispensed in the cases of extraordinarily talented student-athletes, which Smith certainly more than qualifies for as a Budapest 2017 finalist for Team USA:

BRADEN KEITH said:

SWIMMERTX said:

Regan's taking online classes, and from what I've heard, homeschooled student-athletes are traditionally frowned upon, which was the case with Eva Merrell and Kathleen Baker in the years past. Unless Meehan can pull some strings with the AO (which hasn't seen any success), doubt Regan's a tree for the time being
Someone surely knows the details better than me, but every year, Stanford athletics gets a certain number of "trump cards" to push through admissions (though, I think even in these cases, there's an expectation that they won't reach too far for students who will flunk out anyway). That's across all sports, not just swimming, seem to remember it being 5 or 6. World Championship team member would seem to fall into that territory, if you ask me.

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  • UPDATE => seems there's a potential ray of sunshine here:
SWIMCOACHDAD said:

I was talking to a Stanford assistant at a meet a year or so ago and was told Stanford admin was holding athletic recruits more closely to "regular" Stanford admissions standards. It sounded like a policy change toward being more strict about the academic standing of incoming athletes, the way it was said.

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Well, not the end of the world if Regan doesn't end up sporting the blue & gold, as Katharine Berkoff is presently still in play (fingers crossed), with Alex Walsh waiting in the wings...

Come to think of it, the HS class of 2020 is pretty loaded with a wealth of backstroke talent (flyers in the class aren't too shabby either lol), so there will be options aplenty for Backstroke U. in the wake of Thleen, Billy, Keeks, Coco & Aislinn's graduations (not to mention Sophie's potential development by then).

Here are the current personal bests of several backstroke prospects for 2020 (may have missed some other frontrunners)...note than several of these elites own really swift records in a variety of events in addition to their killer backstrokes!

Have included 2019's KB3 for comparison here, as #3 Katharine's the best backstroker in her class, with a particularly impressive 200 Back time...and more importantly, a wicked progression curve:


  • *** = Current Bear graduating when the 2020 recruits class comes in...

50 Back (200 Medley Relay value)
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24.17 - #1 Alex Walsh (Dec 06, 2017)
24.22 - #4 Olivia Bray (Mar 24, 2017)
24.33 - #6 Phoebe Bacon (Mar 17, 2018)
24.43 - #5 Isabelle Stadden (Mar 17, 2018)
24.51 - Katharine Berkoff (Mar 16, 2018)
24.62 - #2 Regan Smith (Mar 09, 2017)
24.62 - ***Keaton Blovad (Dec 02, 2017)
24.91 - ***Aislinn Light (Feb 21, 2018)
25.60 - ***Courtney Mykkanen (May 12, 2016)


100 Back (2018 NCAA finals qualifying time = 52.04)
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50.84 - #2 Regan Smith (Mar 24, 2018)
51.33 - #5 Isabelle Stadden (Mar 16, 2018)
51.45 - #1 Alex Walsh (Dec 08, 2017)
51.60 - #6 Phoebe Bacon (Mar 16, 2018)
51.83 - ***Keaton Blovad (Feb 23, 2018)
51.93 - Katharine Berkoff (Mar 17, 2018)
52.02 - #4 Olivia Bray (Mar 24, 2017)
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53.59 - ***Aislinn Light (Feb 23, 2018)
53.95 - ***Courtney Mykkanen (May 09, 2013)


200 Back (2018 NCAA finals qualifying time = 1:52.18)
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1:48.30 - #2 Regan Smith (Mar 22, 2018)
1:51.40 - Katharine Berkoff (Mar 15, 2018)
1:51.42 - #1 Alex Walsh (Dec 09, 2017)
1:52.04 - #5 Isabelle Stadden (Mar 14, 2018)
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1:52.84 - #4 Phoebe Bacon (Mar 14, 2018)
1:53.31 - ***Keaton Blovad (Feb 24, 2018)
1:54.36 - ***Courtney Mykkanen (Feb 21, 2018)
1:56.27 - ***Aislinn Light (Feb 24, 2018)

What I find quite astonishing is that EVERY SINGLE 2020 recruit above would have scored in the backstroke events @ 2018 NCAAs, with times that were achieved in their HS Sophomore year or earlier!!! (lone exceptions being Phoebe & Olivia in the 200 Back)


Anyway, a lil note to our esteemed coaches - whilst you both are up @ Colorado Springs today, might be a fab idea to make yourself available on your mobiles, should the likes of Alex Walsh, Regan, Phoebe, Chase, etc who are presently attending Butterfly Camp, or still @ Nat Jr Team Camp 2018, decide to ring you & initiate a phone conversation about their avid interest in the Bears...


Cassidy & Alex with the team:
http://instagr.am/p/BiH8d0aBe_Q

Maddie Donohoe, Alex Sumner, Grace Ariola, Phoebe Bacon:


=> starring Alex Sumner...


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Butterfly camp: Cassidy with Katie McL


#4 Olivia Bray, #8 Lillie Nordmann, #15 Tristen Ulett (2020 class, CS rankings)


Lillie & Tristen


Tristen & Gabi Albiero


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Last but not least...new besties?

==> Regan & Izzy!


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bearz012 said:


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Sarah DiMeco (#22 Nat, #1 WA) - Issaquah Swim Team
- 55/1:57 flyer, solid distance free
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

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).



Sarah Dimeco ==> Bears, yayay!!


Sarah: "I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of California Berkeley class of 2023. Thank you to all who supported me! GO BEARS"



CS ranking as of verbal: #21 Nat, #1 WA

Welcome to the family, Sarah...or is it SD3? (i.e. Sarah Darcel, Sarah Dunleavy... )


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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Sarah Dimeco ==> Bears, yayay!!


Sarah: "I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of California Berkeley class of 2023. Thank you to all who supported me! GO BEARS"



CS ranking as of verbal: #21 Nat, #1 WA

Welcome to the family, Sarah...or is it SD3? (i.e. Sarah Darcel, Sarah Dunleavy... )

Wow, this is rather surprising! Welcome to the Cal family, Sarah!

Looks to be swimming the 500 free, 400 IM, and 200 fly (or mile?)
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Here are the currently uncommitted Top 20 recruits from that SS article - all of these names have already been referenced on these pages (or thru PM) as potential targets or prospects...

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Sarah Dimeco (Issaquah Swim Team / Skyline High School / Sammamish, WA) an excellent mile (16:19) and a good 200/500 free (1:48/4:44), Dimeco is hurt by the NCAA's emphasis on sprinters. Her 200 fly and 400 IM are also very good, and it wouldn't be surprising to see her become the unranked star of this class.


Reckon Sarah will fill a much needed role on the team, patching up several areas of vulnerability. Teri does have a knack for spotting underrated recruits with a lot of upside, so we'll see how Dimeco develops in the blue & gold... Go Bears!
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Congratulations Sarah! Welcome to Bear Territory!
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

=> starring Alex Sumner...

A very accurate and representative video of Alex...

Oh, and wouldn't mind if Alex can get the kid who videoed this to be a Bear instead of an orange cow with horns sticking out of it (looking at you, Carson Foster...)
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WAY TOO EARLY NCAA RECRUIT RANKS: GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2020



This is way too early for these rankings to be released, IMO.

Gotta run, will be back online later, but any thoughts/comments/opinions on Regan being #1 and Alex being #2?
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swimmer19 said:

This is way too early for these rankings to be released, IMO.

Gotta run, will be back online later, but any thoughts/comments/opinions on Regan being #1 and Alex being #2?

Cheers for the heads up! Was aware of SS' plans to publish this week, but have to agree, these bleeding early rankings (a reflection of the rapidly shifting recruiting landscape) will surely undergo some significant changes in a season's time!

I'm also out & abouts, but look forward to a forthcoming thread dedicated to the 2020 class!

Oh, believe SwimSwam had a hard time deciding on #1 & #2! (2 super recruits that we've been so favourably disposed towards for the longest time ) Perhaps Regan having the top time in 6 events v. Alex's 4 was a deciding factor, esp with 3 of Regan's category best being in freestyle??

Jared Anderson said:

  • Major controversy for #1

This is an unbelievable recruiting class. It's easily the best class we've ranked since the stellar 2015 crew that included Katie Ledecky, Abbey Weitzeil, Kathleen Baker, Katie McLaughlin, Amy Bilquist, Ella Eastin and Lilly King. And outside of Ledecky and Weitzeil, the times from the Class of 2020 are pretty much across the board faster as sophomores than that class's were as juniors.

The big question will be what to do at #1, where we've got two swimmers who would have been the consensus #1 in our last four recruiting classes. It's the age old question of what's more valuable: a 1:48.3 backstroker or a 2:06.4 breaststroker? How about a 50.8 backstroker or a 58.1 breaststroker? Or a 1:53.5 flyer or a 1:54.0 IMer?

The answer, of course, is "yes." There really isn't a wrong way to rank these two, and any team would be thrilled with either of them. It'll be interesting to see if our pick changes when we revisit these rankings down the road.

It's a true 1A and 1B situation


TOP TIMES IN THE CLASS OF 2020
50 Free - Alex Walsh - 22.08
100 Free - Regan Smith - 48.81
200 Free - Regan Smith - 1:44.49
500 Free - Regan Smith - 4:41.69
1000 Free** - Chase Travis - 9:42.32
1650 Free - Chase Travis - 16:06.01
100 Back - Regan Smith - 50.84
200 Back - Regan Smith - 1:48.30
100 Breast - Alex Walsh - 58.19
200 Breast - Alex Walsh - 2:06.45
100 Fly - Olivia Bray - 51.48
200 Fly - Regan Smith - 1:53.50
200 IM - Alex Walsh - 1:54.02
400 IM - Kathryn Ackerman - 4:10.20




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swimmer19 said:

WAY TOO EARLY NCAA RECRUIT RANKS: GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2020



This is way too early for these rankings to be released, IMO.

Gotta run, will be back online later, but any thoughts/comments/opinions on Regan being #1 and Alex being #2?
Not too early to get a verbal. Look at sport of softball. They are making verbals as early as HS freshmen. Of course, not worth anything until they sign on the dotted line.
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

On top of this, now that HS juniors can take official visits starting 1 Sept, there could conceivably be a flood of verbal commitments from the 2020 class as soon as this autumn...Alex Walsh, Regan Smith, Phoebe Bacon, Isabelle Stadden, Olivia Bray, Lillie Nordmann, Ella Ristic are some names which spring prominently to mind!

Lest Bears stoop to smug complacency, a number of schools (yes, I'm looking at you - DeSorbo, Bowman, Holloway...amongst others ) have already seized the opportunity to take advantage of these sweeping changes, making early VERBAL offers that most likely have hard deadlines attached to them (note though that WRITTEN offers are still not permitted by the NCAA until starting 1 Aug of a recruit's senior year).

Associated recruiting strategies include launching a series of very visible social media campaigns which can be interpreted as aiming to undercut the traditional flow of recruits to programmes like Cal, LSJU etc., by encouraging & enticing these top targets to initiate communications and commit really early (under the guise of being helpful to recruits in their decision-making by simply explaining the new rules)...

Guess the owner of American College Connection had something to say on this subject (commented on SwimSwam as below):
RICK PAINE said:

Great idea Jared. Unfortunately this needs to be done. With the new NCAA recruiting rules going into effect we are finding some coaches who are suggesting to recruits there may not be as many official visits offer to seniors because the coaches are bringing in juniors. Your list doesn't even include the international swimmers that want to come to the states. I know that is virtually impossible to know about them. Keep up the great work.

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Anyway, a lil note to our esteemed coaches - whilst you both are up @ Colorado Springs today, might be a fab idea to make yourself available on your mobiles, should the likes of Alex Walsh, Regan, Phoebe, Chase decide to ring you & initiate a phone conversation about their avid interest in the Bears...
http://instagr.am/p/BiGbK4Nhlrl

http://instagr.am/p/BiNApPIhatk







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Anyway, thought it might be interesting to compare our 2019 Baby Bear Izzy's times, in events where she holds the fastest time in her class, with those held by the top 2020 recruits in the same events:

TOP TIMES IN THE CLASS OF 2019 | 2020

100 Free - #1 Isabel Ivey - 47.88 | 48.81 - #1 Regan Smith
200 Free - #1 Isabel Ivey - 1:43.64 | 1:44.49 - #1 Regan Smith
200 IM - #1 Isabel Ivey - 1:55.77 | 1:54.02 - #2 Alex Walsh


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USA Swimming Stats: 200 Free - These are the top 20 200y Free swimmers so far this years 17&Under. Some fast swimming for sure.






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Ashlyn: "I am excited to announce my academic and athletic commitment to Miami University! Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way!! Go Redhawks!! #loveandhonor"

CARMEL'S ASHLYN UNDERHILL VERBALLY COMMITS TO MIAMI REDHAWKS


CS ranking as of verbal: #201 Nat, #7 IN

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Grace: "Excited to announce my verbal commitment to Indiana University! I can't wait to call B-town home! #gohoosiers"

CARMEL'S VERSATILE GRACE PANGBURN VERBALLY COMMITS TO INDIANA


CS ranking as of verbal: #260 Nat, #8 IN

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Lyndsey: "I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Tennessee for the Class of 2023! I would like to thank my parents, teammates, and friends along with my coach Alex Dehner for all their support. Go Vols!! #SEC"

SPRINTER LYNDSEY HUIZENGA ANNOUNCES VERBAL COMMITMENT TO TENNESSEE


CS ranking as of verbal: #588 Nat, #43 FL

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Parker: "Super proud to announce my verbal commitment to North Carolina State University!! Thank you to all my friends and family who supported me and helped me along the way! I'm so grateful for everything!! #GoPack"

OHSAA STATE RECORD-HOLDER PARKER TIMKEN VERBALLY COMMITS TO NC STATE



CS ranking as of verbal: #141 Nat, #6 OH
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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)

Emma Wheal -> UVa

http://instagr.am/p/BiS4or8Hn43
CS ranking as of verbal: #67 Nat, #6 TX



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Ashlyn Fiorilli (#19 Nat, #3 TX) - Texas Ford Aquatics
- 54/1:57 flyer, great distance free & 400 IM (basically one of those 200yd + swimmers)
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


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).

swimmer19 said:

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.

Ashlyn Fiorilli ==> Bears, yaaaaz!!

http://instagr.am/p/BiVX7_NAtp-

CS ranking as of verbal: #15 Nat, #2 TX


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Ashlyn Fiorilli ==> Bears, yaaaaz!!

http://instagr.am/p/BiVX7_NAtp-

CS ranking as of verbal: #15 Nat, #2 TX


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Yay! Welcome to the Bear family, Ashlyn!!
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

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bearz012 said:



Ashlyn Fiorilli (#19 Nat, #3 TX) - Texas Ford Aquatics
- 54/1:57 flyer, great distance free & 400 IM (basically one of those 200yd + swimmers)
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


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).

swimmer19 said:

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.

Ashlyn Fiorilli ==> Bears, yaaaaz!!

http://instagr.am/p/BiVX7_NAtp-

CS ranking as of verbal: #15 Nat, #2 TX


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Congrats to coach Teri for getting another top recruit. Welcome to Berkeley, Ashlyn! Will she be the answer to our distance freestyle (400-1650) depth?
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

ANDREW, SMITH HEAD TEAM USA'S 2017 JUNIOR WORLDS ROSTER

uncommitted recruits on the Worlds Jr. team:

2019 Ashlyn Fiorilli (#1 TX, #18 Nat) 200 fly

Ashlyn Fiorilli: 'Junior Worlds Will Be My First Time Representing the United States' (video)




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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

TOP 20 NCAA SWIMMING RECRUITS IN THE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2019

BIG TUNA : "Jared you may have overlooked Jr. World Qualifier Ashlyn Fiorilli. Fiorilli is very versatile and a top fly and distance swimmer in this class. She also had big drops in distance free this year."

JARED ANDERSON : "Fiorilli was part of the other 20 or so I considered. If this list weighted long course more heavily she might have made it, but her short course (54.7/1:57fly, 4:49/16:23free) just isn't enough yet to displace anybody on this list, especially when we've got a pair of 53/1:56 flyers and a 4:42/16:10 freestyler barely making the top 20 and a 52.7 flyer and a 4:44/16:19 freestyler not even inside our ranks."


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Not only is our latest 2019 commit a smart Baby Bear...



...but Ashlyn also had to courageously overcome some massive health challenges (sort of reminiscent of Thleen rising above her health issues):


Advanced Scoliosis Surgery Keeps McKinney Teen in Her Lane







Local Swimmer Beats Scoliosis, Sets Sights on 2020 Olympics (video)




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Now announced via Twitter...


Ashlyn Fiorilli: "So excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of California Berkeley!!! A huge thanks to everyone who has been there for me along the way!! GO BEARS!!"

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Ashlyn Fiorilli ==> Bears, yaaaaz!!

http://instagr.am/p/BiVX7_NAtp-

CS ranking as of verbal: #15 Nat, #2 TX


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Now reported by SwimSwam:



CAL ADDS 4TH VERBAL TO WOMEN'S CLASS OF 2023 WITH ASHLYN FIORILLI

Ashlyn Fiorilli of Texas Ford Aquatics and Spring Creek Academy has verbally committed to the Cal Berkeley class of 2023. She joins an incoming class consisting of Rachel Klinker, Chloe Clark, and Isabel Ivey.

Fiorilli was a C finalist in the 200 LCM butterfly at the 2017 US Summer Nationals, where she placed 18th. She also suited up for Team USA at the 2017 World Junior Championships, where she placed 12th in the 200 fly.

TOP TIMES (SCY)
  • 100 fly 54.71
  • 200 fly 1:57.23
  • 200 IM 2:02.88
  • 400 IM 4:15.41
  • 500 free 4:49.92
  • 1650 free 16:23.48
  • 200 back 1:58.08
  • 200 fly (LCM) 2:12.19
Fiorilli's best events are the 200 fly, 1650 free, and the 400 IM. Her mile is intriguing for Cal she would've been 2nd on their 2017-18 top times list behind Chenoa Devine (16:16.20), but Devine was the only Cal swimmer to race a mile on their entire roster last year, according to the top times list. Meanwhile, she would've been 4th on the list last season in the 200 fly and 400 IM.

At the 2018 Pac 12 Championships, with her best times, Fiorilli would've placed 12th in the mile and B-finaled in both the 200 fly and 400 IM.
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Sarah Dimeco ==> Bears, yayay!!


Sarah: "I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of California Berkeley class of 2023. Thank you to all who supported me! GO BEARS"



CS ranking as of verbal: #21 Nat, #1 WA

Welcome to the family, Sarah...or is it SD3? (i.e. Sarah Darcel, Sarah Dunleavy... )


Now reported by SwimSwam (finally, after a spot of prompting in the comments section of their writeup on Ashlyn's verbal lol):

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CAL BEARS SECURE VERBAL COMMITMENT FROM DISTANCE SPECIALIST SARAH DIMECO



USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American Sarah DiMeco has announced via social media that she verbally committed to swim for Cal beginning in the 2019-20 season. DiMeco, an Honorable Mention on our list of top-20 recruits from the high school class of 2019, will join four other verbal commits in the fall of 2019: Ashlyn Fiorilli, Chloe Clark, Isabel Ivey, and Rachel Klinker.

"I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of California Berkeley class of 2023. Thank you to all who supported me! GO BEARS"

DiMeco swims for Issaquah Swim Team and Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington. As a sophomore she led Skyline to a Washington 4A State Championship with two individual wins (200 free, 1:49.37; 500 free, 4:51.00) and an anchor (51.91) that gave the Spartans the win necessary to claim their second consecutive team title. This past fall, in her junior season, DiMeco repeated her 500 free title. (Had she not been DQd for a false start in the 200 free, she would have placed second by .01.)

Her best events, though, are not swum in high school. DiMeco excels in the 1650 free, in addition to the 200/500 duo, as well as the 400 IM and 200 fly. She was runner-up in the 500 free at Winter Juniors West, going her best time by nearly 5 seconds. This spring she had an excellent meet at Federal Way Sectionals, earning new PBs in the mile (1st place), 100 fly (7th place), 200 fly (2nd place), and 400 IM (2nd place). She also won the 500 free and placed 6th in the 200 free.

Dimeco's 1650 time would have scored 9th at 2018 Pac-12 Championships; she would have been the second Golden Bear after Chenoa Devine. She also would have scored in the B finals of the 500 free and 200 fly, and the C final of the 400 IM (she would have missed the 200 free C final by .01).

Top SCY times:
  • 1650 free 16:19.78
  • 1000 free 9:46.65
  • 500 free 4:44.26
  • 200 free 1:48.35
  • 400 IM 4:15.83
  • 200 fly 1:57.84
  • 100 fly 54.17


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Roll On You Bears!!!!!!!!! Welcome ladies to the best experience in the world!
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swimmer19 said:

5. Christiana Regenauer: Same with Ashley Turak, 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 Maddie Murphy, 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.

Christiana Regenauer -> Louisville

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Christiana: "so excited to announce my commitment to further my academic and athletic career at the University of Louisville! can't wait to be a part of the cardinal fam"



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

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bearz012 said:

The ranking before their name is the SwimSwam ranking. The rankings in the parenthesis are from CS, and the first ranking in the parenthesis is when they first committed, the second is their current.

Updated info on our 2019 Baby Bears commits (as of 8 May 2018):

- #1 Isabel Ivey: 1/28/18 (#1 Nat --> #1 Nat)
- #12 Chloe Clark: 1/23/18 (#20 Nat --> #24 Nat)
- HM Sarah DiMeco: 4/28/18 (#21 Nat --> #21 Nat)
- HM Rachel Klinker: 4/21/18 (#26 Nat --> #26 Nat)
- Ashlyn Fiorilli: 5/3/18 (#15 Nat --> #15 Nat)
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Much too early really to be attempting this seriously lol...but in the relative lull of finals week, thought it might be fun to take a preliminary if rather haphazard guess at some potential event schedules for our quintet of Baby Bears.

Have most likely missed out on stronger or more suitable team-dependent events for several of our commits, so would bear-y much welcome all your corrections and take on this, cheers!

The picture will probably look quite different in a year's time, after these current HS juniors have had a chance to progress further in their pet events, or perhaps will develop in an altogether different direction - for example, in-state Chloe hasn't even raced her 2018 yards taper meet, since CIF sectionals & the state championship are scheduled to be contested in the next couple of weeks.

Not to mention having more complete data in hand to assess the team's areas of strength, depth, weakness & needs by the time the 2019 class arrives @ Cal (esp after our incoming 2018 freshies show everyone what they can do @ 2019 Pac-12s & NCAAs).


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Izzie's the only commit in the class with personal bests that would have qualified for finals out of prelims @ 2018 NCAAs, i.e. immediate scoring impact. In addition, @ 2018 Pac12s, Ivey's PB would have been good for 3rd in the A final of the 100 Free (behind only Manuel & Abbey), and 3rd in the 200 Free (behind Ledecky & Manuel, identical time as Robin's)

  • Isabel Ivey - 200 IM | 200 Free | 100 Free
Day 2 | 200 IM (1:55.77 -> 2018 NCAA B Final)
Day 3 | 200 Free (1:43.64 -> NCAA A Final)
Day 4 | 100 Free (47.88 -> NCAA B Final)

Impressive versatility too! Here are Izzy's hypothetical rankings out of prelims @ 2018 NCAAs in her other events...may not have made the invite cutoff line in these events (100 Back being an exception)...but a moot point since Ivey would have been eligible to enter any of these events anyway (qualified via the invites in her primary events + B cut in her off events here):
- 100 Back: 2018 NCAA prelims placing: #19 (52.27)
- 50 Free: #26 (22.43)
- 100 Fly: #27 (52.61)
- 200 Fly: #27 (1:56.48)
- 400 IM: #30 (4:12.08)
- 200 Breast: #38 (2:11.56)
- 100 Breast: #41 (1:00.99)

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The rest of our 2019 Baby Bears may not qualify for an NCAA invite yet with their current best times, and don't project as immediate relay value with their skill sets (Chloe being a qualified exception perhaps).

But with some progression in the next year & a half, they could realistically achieve, or come quite close to, a 2020 NCAA invite in a number of events, and will definitely contribute @ the Conference Championships + dual meets in their frosh debut!
Sarah: #39 @ 1650 Free & #49 @ 400 IM
Ashlyn: #41 @ 200 Fly
Chloe: #48 @ 200 IM
Rachel: #56 @ 200 Free
... where #37 is the nominal NCAA cutoff line for invites.

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  • Chloe Clark - 200 IM | 100 Back | 200 Back
Day 2 | 200 IM (1:57.32 -> 2018 Pac12 B Final)
Day 3 | 100 Back (53.46 -> Pac12 B Final)
Day 4 | 200 Back (1:56.79 -> Pac12 B Final)

Chloe has quite a bit of versatily, so there's always a chance that she'd be called upon to race the 400 IM (4:13.94 -> Pac12 B Final) or even 100 Breast (1:02.68 -> Pac12 C Final) instead of the 100 Back, if that's what the team needs at that moment ... or, less likely, the 50 Free (23.07 -> Pac12 C Final) in lieu of the 200 IM ... Clark's 100 Free (49.27 -> Pac12 B Final) also a viable alternative to her 200 Back.

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  • Sarah DiMeco - 500 Free | 400 IM | 1650 Free
Day 2 | 500 Free (4:44.26 -> Pac12 B Final)
Day 3 | 400 IM (4:15.83 -> Pac12 B Final)
Day 4 | 1650 Free (16:19.78 -> Pac12 Timed Final, #9)

Sarah's 200 Fly (1:57.84 -> Pac12 B Final) is quite solid too, but as mentioned earlier, she'd likely be more valuable to the team in the mile (1650 Free).

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Rachel Klinker - 500 Free | 200 Free | 1650 Free (or 200 Fly?)
Day 2 | 500 Free (4:46.73 -> Pac12 C Final)
Day 3 | 200 Free (1:46.05 -> Pac12 B Final)
Day 4 | 1650 Free (16:33.92 -> Pac12 Timed Final, #16)

Rachel could take on the 200 Fly (1:57.92 -> Pac12 B Final), but reckon that her mile would be more valuable to Bears since Ashlyn & Sarah do currently have a faster 200 Fly time (tho Sarah's best event that day is the mile). Rachel probably with more team value in her 200 Free than the 100 Fly (54.18 -> Pac12 C Final).

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  • Ashlyn Fiorilli -> 500 Free | 100 Fly | 200 Fly
Day 2 | 500 Free (4:49.92-> Pac12, #29)
Day 3 | 100 Fly (54.71-> Pac12 C Final)
Day 4 | 200 Fly (1:57.23-> Pac12 B Final)

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One non-trivial thing to note here: looking beyond the little pool of collegiate competition, our 2019 Baby Bears also have very credible credentials in long course swimming, as befitting the rich Olympic history of Cal's swimming programmes


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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

The rest of our 2019 Baby Bears may not qualify for an NCAA invite yet with their current best times

For reference:

2018 NCAA Invite Cutoff

500 Free | #36 - 4:40.50
200 IM | #37 - 1:56.76
50 Free | #40 - 22.30

400 IM | #37 - 4:09.75
100 Fly | #38 - 52.41
200 Free | #38 - 1:44.90
100 Breast | #38 - 1:00.11
100 Back | #37 - 52.54

1650 Free | #36 - 16:12.53
200 Back | #37 - 1:53.64
100 Free | #36 - 48.53
200 Breast | #37 - 2:10.14
200 Fly | #37 - 1:55.99


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Here are some events where our 2019 Baby Bears would have made it onto Cal's All-Time Top 10 (or come fairly close ), with their personal bests achieved in their HS Junior year or even earlier! Have included times for Bears on the 2017-2018 team where applicable, for comparison:


100-Yard Freestyle
1. Abbey Weitzeil .........................................46.63..............2018
7. Amy Bilquist ............................................47.45..............2018
?? Isabel Ivey ...............................................47.88..............2016


200-Yard Freestyle
5. Kathleen Baker ....................................1:42.66..............2017
9. Katie McLaughlin.................................1:43.17..............2017
10 Robin Neumann ..................................1:43.38..............2018
?? Isabel Ivey ............................................1:43.64..............2016


1000-Yard Freestyle
2. Chenoa Devine .....................................9:40.26..............2017
7. Sarah DiMeco ......................................9:46.65..............2017
10. Rachel Klinker ...................................9:51.23..............2018


1650-Yard Freestyle
3. Chenoa Devine ...................................16:04.34..............2017
9. Sarah DiMeco ....................................16:19.78..............2018


100-Yard Breaststroke
3. Ali Harrison .............................................59.52..............2018
8. Maija Roses ...........................................1:00.42..............2018
9. Abbey Weitzeil ......................................1:00.86..............2017
10 Isabel Ivey ............................................1:00.99..............2017


200-Yard Breaststroke
4. Ali Harrison ..........................................2:10.21..............2018
6. Maija Roses ..........................................2:10.86..............2018
8. Isabel Ivey ............................................2:11.56..............2016


200-Yard Individual Medley
1. Kathleen Baker ....................................1:51.25..............2018
6. Sarah Darcel ........................................1:54.50..............2018
8. Keaton Blovad .....................................1:55.72..............2018
10 Isabel Ivey ...........................................1:55.77..............2017


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bearz012 said:


Ayla Spitz (#23 Nat, #5 CA) - Irvine NovaAquatics
- solid backstroke (53/1:57), sub 2 minute 200 IM, solid 100/200 frees

Blueseventy Swim the the Week: Spitz Upping Recruit Standing With 1:45



It was just 11 days ago that we released our annual NCAA recruiting class rankings for the current crop of juniors. We ranked Newport Harbor's Ayla Spitz 20th.

11 days later, she made that rank irrelevant.

A 49.2/1:46.4 freestyler when we ranked her 20th, Spitz was more notable for a 1:58 IM and a 53.4 backstroke. But at the CIF Sunset League Championships, Spitz blasted a 1:45.44 in the 200 free to pair with a 48.88 in the 100 free, which should launch her well above 20th in the current recruiting landscape.

Comparing to the rest of the high school Class of 2019, Spitz's free times alone now put her in line with #7 Alexandra Crisera (22.4/48.8/1:47.0) and #10 Kelly Pash (22.7/48.5/1:45.2), though she doesn't yet have the 50 (23.19) to match them. (And, of course, the rankings do still take into account versatility, other time drops and relay value, which is why Crisera and Pash's 50s weigh so heavily).

If Spitz is continuing her high school season into California's section and state meets, she could lower those times further, or swap events and look to better her solid IM and backstroke times. Either way, Spitz is on the rise at just the right time to climb up the recruiting lists of NCAA coaches.
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Carla: "Extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to Indiana University! Thank you to everyone for the continued support! Go Hoosiers! #redrevolution #goIU #neverdaunted"

INDIANA KEEPS ANOTHER BIG TALENT IN-STATE: FRST'S CARLA GILDERSLEEVE


CS ranking as of verbal: #59 Nat, #3 IN

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Gillian: "I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic journey at the University of Kentucky! I fell in love with the campus, coaches, and people there! Thank you to the Lord, my family, coaches, and friends for supporting me in this decision. Go Wildcats!!"

GILLIAN DAVEY SENDS VERBAL COMMITMENT TO KENTUCKY WILDCATS



CS ranking as of verbal: #25 Nat, #1 IA

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Ellie: "I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill! Thank you so much to my family and friends for supporting me along the way! GO HEELS #GDTBATH"

SWIMMAC'S ELLIE VANNOTE SENDS VERBAL COMMITMENT TO TAR HEELS

http://instagr.am/p/BiaGQuFgsDh

CS ranking as of verbal: #114 Nat, #6 NC

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Josie: "I am incredibly excited to announce my verbal commitment to The Ohio State University. It has the perfect combination of academics and athletics both with the resources to help me reach my full potential. The team has a passion for winning and an incredible coaching staff behind them. I wouldn't have been able to achieve this without my amazing coach Ilan Noach from Empire Swimming, my family and friends. I cannot wait to be a Buckeye!"

NYSPHSAA STATE CHAMP JOSIE PANITZ ANNOUNCES VERBAL TO OHIO STATE



CS ranking as of verbal: #143 Nat, #5 NY
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Sydney: "I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Florida State University!! I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates who have supported me along the way. GO NOLES!!"

FLORIDA STATE PICKS UP VERBAL COMMITMENT FROM SYDNEY VANOVERMEIREN



CS ranking as of verbal: #63 Nat, #2 IL

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Alex: "I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming careers at the University of Missouri! A huge thank you to everyone that has helped and supported me all these years. Go Tigers!"

MIZZOU SNAGS VERBAL COMMITMENT FROM 5X WIAA D2 CHAMP ALEX MODERSKI


CS ranking as of verbal: #118 Nat, #2 WI

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Emma: "I'm so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for Texas A&M University! I could not have made it to this point without the help and support from my coaches, family, and friends. Gig'em!"

TEXAS A&M SECURES VERBAL FROM 2X UIL 6A STATE CHAMP EMMA STEPHENSON



CS ranking as of verbal: #62 Nat, #5 TX

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A mite off-topic, but just wanted to post Billy's recommendation below for any prospective recruits, their families & friends who may check out our humble little board from time to time...just a wee down-to-earth glimpse, shot on an iPhone, of some of the treats & life challenges & journeys in store for everyone considering joining the special Bears fam (yes, KB3/Alex & Gretchen/Regan, & co., I'm esp thinking of you )

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Amy Bilquist: "Check out this video my friend @hiram_425 made about his experience @Cal ! What a genuine guy that I'm lucky to call my friend. Glad we could be on this journey together you're going to change the world! "Come with nothing leave with everything" Go Bears!"



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That might be the best Berkeley recruiting video I have ever seen. I love the fact that it's so honest about the realities of life surrounding us, along with the hardships of the work you need to put into Berkeley. Some of those views and walks around campus are burned into all of our hearts and minds.
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That might be the best Berkeley recruiting video I have ever seen. I love the fact that it's so honest about the realities of life surrounding us, along with the hardships of the work you need to put into Berkeley. Some of those views and walks around campus are burned into all of our hearts and minds.


Amen. Props to Billy for forwarding this around. Guessing that Carmel, IN is nothing like Berkeley, CA, but she clearly values the whole Cal package (pool, classroom, community). Have spent time on campus at all of the credible academic/swim powers, and Cal offers the best overall experience for young adults looking to be challenged. It's definitely not for everyone, which is why I don't stress over teenage recruits who seek more conventional/less challenging environments.
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https://bearinsider.com/forums/5/topics/29740/7

And a couple of in-state candidates who have been discussed on these pages:

{2020}

Ella Ristic (#10 Nat, #1 CA) | Mission Viejo Nadadores - Katie
Tea Laughlin (#21 Nat, #4 CA) | Buenaventura Swim Club - Ali

WATCH: TEA LAUGHLIN RIPS 52.80 100 BACK AT CIF-SS PRELIMS

Ventura High School sophomore Tea Laughlin had a very impressive swim in the prelims of the 100 back on Thursday at the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 Championships, posting the top time in 52.80. The time was a lifetime best, lowering her previous mark of 53.14 from a year ago, and she'll head into Saturday's final looking to improve upon her runner-up finish in 2017. She leads the field by 1.45 seconds, with Huntington Beach freshman Madelyn Harris sitting 2nd in 54.25.

Below, check out a race video of Laughlin's prelim swim, courtesy of Bryant Lum.





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bearz012 said:



Alexandra Crisera (#18 Nat, #4 CA) - Southern California Swimming
- great 100 back & solid 200 back/free

ALEXANDRA CRISERA SETS PAIR OF MEET RECORDS AT CIF-SS DIV 2 PRELIMS


Mira Costa's Alexandra Crisera set a pair of CIF-SS Div 2 records during the prelims. Archive photo via Anne Lepesant


Preliminaries for the 2018 CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Championships went off on Friday in Riverside, with finals slated for Saturday morning beginning at 11 am. The Division 1 Championships, taking place in the same complex, had their prelims on Thursday with their finals set for Saturday afternoon.

Highlighting the session was Mira Costa junior Alexandra Crisera, who smashed a pair of Division 2 meet records in the 50 free and 100 back.

Leading off her school's 200 free relay, Crisera split 22.59, getting under Crean Lutheran senior Elise Garcia's meet record of 22.66. Crisera's leg led her team to the 2nd seed in 1:36.44, closely following Los Osos (1:36.38), who had a 23.23 lead-off from Emily Trieu and a 23.16 anchor from Casslyn Treydte.

Towards the end of the session Crisera dominated the field in the 100 back, putting up a time of 52.87 to break Eva Merrell's 2017 meet record of 53.12. Trieu took the 2nd seed in 53.84, as Crisera's time was less than a tenth off the top qualifying in Div 1 (52.80 by Tea Laughlin).

Crisera, who didn't even swim the 50 free individually, also took the top seed in the 100 free, going 49.13. She holds the meet record at 48.87. Her first swim of the session was on Mira Costa's 200 medley relay, as she anchored them in 22.39 to propel them into the final in 9th.

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Jillian: "I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of Georgia. I'm thankful for everyone who helped along the way! Go Dawgs!"

6X LOUISIANA D4 STATE CHAMP JILLIAN BARCZYK VERBALLY COMMITS TO GEORGIA

http://instagr.am/p/Bik29GaDXZ3

CS ranking as of verbal: #140 Nat, #2 LA

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Maddie: "I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at the University of Louisville! I want to thank my family, teammates, and coaches for all their support throughout this process! I can not wait to be apart of the Louisville family!! #gocards"

LOUISVILLE ADDS TO CLASS OF 2023 WITH MHSAA CHAMPION MADDIE LUTHER

http://instagr.am/p/BinFuT6nZIN

CS ranking as of verbal: #133 Nat, #2 MI

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Kate: "After 12 years of saying 'I can't. I have practice', I'm super stoked to announce my verbal commitment to pursue my academic and athletic career at Arizona State University. Thanks to all the coaches, friends, and family that helped me get here. Go Sun Devils!

http://instagr.am/p/BisM8uenqwz

CS ranking as of verbal: #217 Nat, #7 PA

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Claire: "I am beyond ecstatic to announce my commitment to UNC. This truly is a team like no other, and it's an honor to be part of the Tar Heel family alongside so many amazing people. The academic opportunities offered here are incredible, and I can not wait to continue my education at such an outstanding University. I'd like to thank my coaches, teammates, and my parents for guiding and supporting me through this journey, and always being there for me. This is the start of a new chapter and I couldn't be happier. Go Tar Heels!"



CS ranking as of verbal: #259 Nat, #8 PA

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

14. Caroline Cooper Highlander Aquatic Club Winter Park High School Orlando, FL
Best Times: 200 fly 1:56.03, 100 fly 53.99

Cooper is the best 200 flyer in the class, but doesn't have a lot of complementary speed in other events. Her 200 is only seven tenths out of NCAA scoring range, though, and she's on a rocketship of improvement: Her 200 dropped from 2:01.8 in 2016 to 1:58.9 in 2017 to 1:56.0 already in 2018, and she's dropped more than a second in her 100 at the same time. That insane improvement curve bumps her up a bit in our rankings, especially when we've seen diamond-in-the-rough flyers like Kelsi Worrell and Sarah Gibson excel in recent years.

Caroline: "I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill!! I fell in love with the atmosphere of the campus and knew that this was the perfect place to further my academic and swim career. I can't wait to join an outstanding coaching staff and group of girls. Go Heels!!!"

#14 CAROLINE COOPER ANNOUNCES VERBAL COMMITMENT TO TAR HEELS




CS ranking as of verbal: #39 Nat, #6 FL // SwimSwam #14

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bearz012 said:

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



Sophia: "Very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill class of 2023! I'm so thankful for everyone who has helped me along the way! GO HEELS!!!"



CS ranking as of verbal: #94 Nat, #1 NJ

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Alex: "I'm so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at Duke University! I'm super thankful for everyone who helped me along the way and can't wait to be a part of an amazing program! Go Blue Devils!!"

SPRINTER ALEX BUMPAS MAKES VERBAL COMMITMENT TO DUKE

http://instagr.am/p/BixtFj2Aly1

CS ranking as of verbal: #195 Nat, #11 TX

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Recruiting article from one of SwimSwam's partners (4-time Olympian Roland Schoeman and Athletes USA).

Some pretty solid points made, even if there's a bit of self-advertising going on there haha.

Points 3 (academics) & 4 (swim talent & times) are fairly self-evident - indeed they are the main parameters by which we armchair recruiting scouts on the board lol tend to apply when measuring a prospective recruit's potential for joining the swim team & Bears family here... if only cos unlike Teri & Sarah, we don't normally have access to the other equally crucial criteria listed in the writeup, such as character, being a good teammate, coachability, etc. :p

For the full text of the original writeup, please visit the link embedded in the article heading below...


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WHAT 5 THINGS COLLEGE COACHES ARE LOOKING FOR MOST?


1) Be a good teammate

When building a team culture and when building the buy in college coaches need to know that the person they are recruiting will be a good teammate and that they will ultimately bring value to the team they are joining.

Coaches want to see you being involved and assisting in all facets of day-to-day training and competing.

This involves assisting with recruits during their visits, helping with equipment (putting it away, taking lane lines in and out, etc). Coaches like to see swimmer's encouraging their teammates at meets and at practices.

Being on time, respectful, and speaking highly of the institution on social media and to others is also critical for most college coaches.


2) Be coachable

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard" Tim Notke

You could be the most talented age group swimmer in the world but coaches want to see that you are coachable. They want to see that you are able to buy into their program and the values they instill in the program.


3) Good Academics

There is an understanding that most high-level students work ethic outside of the pool transfers to in the pool


4) Swimming times and potential

(Duh )


5) Character

College coaches are looking for athletes that will positively represent their team and the university every day of the week.

Coaches have been known to monitor social media of their recruits to see the way in which they act.


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TOP 20 NCAA SWIMMING RECRUITS IN THE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2019

12. Chloe Clark Sierra Marlins Swim Team Granite Bay High School Granite Bay, CA **Verbally Committed to Cal**

Best Times: 200 IM 1:57.32, 400 IM 4:13.94, 100 back 53.23, 200 back 1:56.79, 50 free 22.65, 100 free 49.27

Clark is a very good IMer and backstroker with enough sprint free talent to round out a full college conference meet lineup. The downside is that most of her best times come from 2016, and she's been a bit off her mark since. Still, she's one of the best IM prospects in this class and a high-upside pickup if a college coach can return her to form.
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The picture will probably look quite different in a year's time, after these current HS juniors have had a chance to progress further in their pet events, or perhaps will develop in an altogether different direction - for example, in-state Chloe hasn't even raced her 2018 yards taper meet, since CIF Sections & the State Championship are scheduled to be contested in the next couple of weeks.

Ummm, guess here is Chloe's answer to SwimSwam's criticism from their 2019 recruits ranking article lol (at least re her 50 & 100 Back)...


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Luca Urlando, Chloe Clark Double Section Record Setters at CIF SAC-Joaquin Meet

Granite Bay's Chloe Clark broke two minutes to win the 200 IM in 1:58.29, lowering her own Section record set last year. She also won the 100 back with a 53.21, .02 faster than her own Section record.



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Not mentioned in the above writeup was Chloe's new lifetime best of 25.22 in the 50 Back, leading off
Granite Bay's 200 Medley Relay to claim the team runner-up in finals. Prev PB = 25.43 from the 2016 edition of Sections.


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  • UPDATE => SS article just published:

CLARK, URLANDO LEAD RECORD CHARGE AT CIF SAC-JOAQUIN



Chloe Clark set a pair of Section Records at CIF Sac-Joaquin. Archive photo via Sierra Nevada LSC


Chloe Clark of Granite Bay and Luca Urlando of C.K. McClatchey broke two records apiece at the 2018 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, as they were among the five swimmers who claimed two individual wins each.

Nearly half of the events for girls saw a new Section Record, with five falling by the wayside. Clark started off the meet by breaking her own 200 IM mark of 1:59.51, set last year, in 1:58.29 with a blistering 28.73 backstroke leg. Kristina Murphy of Christian Brothers was the runner-up in a respectable 2:01.67.

Clark would then break her own record again in the 100 back, lowering her 53.23 from 2016 by .02 in 53.21 for the win over Davis' Zoe Cosgrove (54.35). Cosgrove was the victor in the 500 free, being the only one to crack 5 minutes in 4:55.37.


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