2020 Women's Swimming Recruiting

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

bearz012 said:

Jade and Faith visited 'SC in July 2017, and are both mostly looking at west coast schools (Cal, USC, ASU, LSJU) Doubt either are going to go to LSJU, but USC is defintely a contender. Jade's probably more likely to come to Cal than Faith, but don't forget that they can both just go to UofT and go pro at the same time.

Surprised to not see Faith Knelson there to add to USC's massive breaststroke group, but did see her at Zona earlier this week...
Faith (listed on CS as 2019) is checking out the other AZ school this weekend, along with several 2020 recruits
At Georgia this weekend, possibly with #16 Grace Cooper & 2019 recruit Mady Bragg (#288 Nat, #7 GA), Bragg having previously visited LSU & Bama.

http://instagr.am/p/BpLd2oxnnDt
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bearz012 said:

The 2020 class is loaded with studs, so here are a few more that I didn't mention:
- #5 Kaitlyn Dobler: breast (59.1/2:11.4) and sprint free (22.3/49.5), from Oregon (I think Keaton is also from Oregon?) Dropped 3 seconds in a year in the breaststroke, and that 50 free is one of the best in the class, and is better than many of the sprint specialists. Poses as 50 free and 100/200 breast swimmer at NCAA's.
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Looks like Salo's going after the 2020 Freshman Class pretty early & hard!


Abby Harter (#9 Nat, #3 VA), Anna Keating (#17 Nat, #4 VA), Ella Ristic (#34 Nat, #2 CA), Kaitlyn Dobler (#12 Nat, #1 OR) , Jade Hannah (#13 Nat, #1 BC)



Leftmost 2020 recruit (viewer perspective) = Adair Sand (#179 Nat, #10 FL)
2nd rightmost recruit = Tristen Ulett (#46 Nat, #3 GA)
Rightmost recruit (thanx, S19!) = Andrea Santander (#54 Nat, #3 FL)

2nd verbal from the recruiting class of 2020? #5 Kaitlyn Dobler -> Trojans

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"I'm very excited to announce my verbal commitment to University of Southern California. I love the team atmosphere and the amazing coaches, and it is the best place for me to get an engineering degree. FIGHT ON!!"



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  • UPDATE => SwimSwam's writeup:

USC LANDS 2018 JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPION: #5 KAITLYN DOBLER

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bearz012 said:

UVA hosting their second recruiting trip this weekend, this time with 2020 recruits. Not exactly quite sure who is there yet, but definitely #17 Anna Keating, #20 Abby Harter, #2 Alex Walsh, #4 Olivia Bray, #12 Tristen Ulett, #18 Lillie Nordmann, and HM Ella Ristic.

Also some possibilities based on IG follows: Colby Hurt (#45 Nat, #4 VA), #9 Maxine Parker, Samantha Pearson (#30 Nat, #1 CA), Emma Weyant (#11 Nat, #1 FL).

Well, appears that the Hoos have reeled in their 1st 2020 verbal, judging by DeSorbo & co.'s in-your-face-as-usual post lol:

http://instagr.am/p/BpS5B-oHdkP

If I had to make a wild guess in the dark, my first stab would be Anna Keating...perhaps?? (assuming it's a female commit)


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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

bearz012 said:

UVA hosting their second recruiting trip this weekend, this time with 2020 recruits. Not exactly quite sure who is there yet, but definitely #17 Anna Keating, #20 Abby Harter, #2 Alex Walsh, #4 Olivia Bray, #12 Tristen Ulett, #18 Lillie Nordmann, and HM Ella Ristic.

Also some possibilities based on IG follows: Colby Hurt (#45 Nat, #4 VA), #9 Maxine Parker, Samantha Pearson (#30 Nat, #1 CA), Emma Weyant (#11 Nat, #1 FL).

Well, appears that the Hoos have reeled in their 1st 2020 verbal, judging by DeSorbo & co.'s in-your-face-as-usual post lol:

http://instagr.am/p/BpS5B-oHdkP

If I had to make a wild guess in the dark, my first stab would be Anna Keating...perhaps?? (assuming it's a female commit)

They'd better have a ton of chlorine in that hot tub.

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Well, appears that the Hoos have reeled in their 1st 2020 verbal, judging by DeSorbo & co.'s in-your-face-as-usual post lol:


Ah yes, another one, but previous one may have been geared towards the guys' side?

http://instagr.am/p/BpVlpH5Hd7x

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Looks like Salo's going after the 2020 Freshman Class pretty early & hard!


Leftmost 2020 recruit (viewer perspective) = Adair Sand (#179 Nat, #10 FL)
2nd rightmost recruit = Tristen Ulett (#46 Nat, #3 GA)
Rightmost recruit (thanx, S19!) = Andrea Santander (#54 Nat, #3 FL)

Adair Sand (CS ranking as of verbal: #183 Nat, #10 FL) -> ASU



"I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Arizona State! I really felt at home with the team atmosphere, along with the amazing coaching staff was something I could not pass up. I am honored to be joining the Sun Devil family. Forks Up!"
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Forgot to post this yesterday evening, hence the lateness of this news :p
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

UM also going after this 2020 mid-sprint stud, Quinn Schaedler (#21 Nat, #3 TX), on our left, seen here with Michigan freshie Katie Minnich (centre) & 2020 prospect Sophie Housey (#43 Nat, #3 MI)
bearz012 said:

Surprised to not see Faith Knelson there to add to USC's massive breaststroke group, but did see her at Zona earlier this week...
At Georgia this weekend, possibly with #16 Grace Cooper & 2019 recruit Mady Bragg (#288 Nat, #7 GA), Bragg having previously visited LSU & Bama.
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Faith (listed on CS as 2019) is checking out the other AZ school this weekend, along with several 2020 recruits

Well be no longer surprised haha, as Faith Knelson is paying the Trojanettes a visit this weekend, along with Sophie Housey. Would personally reckon that Faith would end up @ SC, over UGA, UofA or ASU of the schools that she's known to have visited...


Faith w/Riley Scott

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2019 & 2020 recruits taking their official trip to the Farm this weekend:

My rough guess (left to right, viewer perspective) => Emma Wheal (#42 Nat, #4 TX) (2019) ?, #7 Alexandra Crisera (2019), Kira Crage (#146 Nat, #22 CA) (2019), Lillie Nordmann (#10 Nat, #2 TX) (2020), #3 Katharine Berkoff (2019), #1 Regan Smith (2020) & #2 Alex Walsh (2020)

Reports of #1 Regan Smith jetting out last night too, ostensibly on her 2nd recruiting trip... ?

Several possible scenarios for Regs' flight - not necessarily in order of preference or likelihood lol:

1) 'SC visit (since Faith & Sophie are confirmed to be there today)

2) LSJU visit...to confirm her verbal to the Furdettes?! *eek*

btw, #5 recruit Ethan Dang & #2 Destin Lasco, who had both hung out with the Bear Bros a month ago, are presently checking out the country club, er, I mean, the Farm this weekend, along with .and several other top recruits.

3) Another school...

4) ...perhaps, dare we hope, a trip to Cal - if indeed Teri's hosting 2020 prospects this weekend of her induction into the Hall of Fame...

All pure speculation, of course lol
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Regan
@ Louisville:



Regan, Nick Albiero (UofL soph)



Regan & Mallory Comerford
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swimmer19 said:

Regan @ Louisville
Also confirmed that #14 Paige Hetrick is there after visiting UK earlier...


Ashlyn Schoof, #14 Paige Hetrick, #1 Regan Smith, Mallory Comerford, Abby Jahns (#216 Nat, #4 IN), Lainey Visscher
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bearz012 said:

#12 Tristen Ulett: sprint fly (52.9/1:56.0), though her long course times are way better (1:00.2/2:13.6), also has a pretty good 200 free time (1:47.3). Comes from Dynamo in Georgia.
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Think we missed out on a recruiting trip at Louisville last weekend...


Kaylee Wheeler (thanks, s19!), HM Ella Ristic, #12 Tristen Ulett, Mallory Comerford, Casey Fanz (thanks, s19!), #13 Gabi Albiero *committed*

Tristen Ulett (CS ranking as of verbal: #16 Nat, #1 GA) -> Louisville


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Well be no longer surprised haha, as Faith Knelson is paying the Trojanettes a visit this weekend, along with Sophie Housey. Would personally reckon that Faith would end up @ SC, over UGA, UofA or ASU of the schools that she's known to have visited...
Also at USC this weekend seems to be #8 Quinn Schaedler, who also visited Michigan with Sophie Housey.

http://instagr.am/p/BpfyrmbhjNp


http://instagr.am/p/BpvjMNMnNqu
Here's a full -ish? list of everywhere top recruits have visited:
https://bearinsider.com/forums/5/topics/80222/replies/1527948


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Per request...

Which 2020 Recruits are Visiting Which Schools? (rankings based on NCAA finish)
  • I'll be using SS rankings if they have them, otherwise I'll use CS rankings (up to top 200 ranked recruits, otherwise this list would be too long
  • If a recruit visited a school but committed to another, they'll be crossed out.
#1 Stanford: #1 Regan Smith, #2 Alex Walsh, #18 Lillie Nordmann
#2 Cal: none
#3 Texas A&M: #8 Emma Sticklen, #18 Lillie Nordmann
#4 Michigan: #3 Isabelle Stadden, #6 Phoebe Bacon, #8 Quinn Schaedler, #11 Kathryn Ackerman *commit*, Sophie Housey (#44 Nat), Janessa Matthews (#45 Nat), Noelle Kaufmann (#118 Nat) *commit*, Hanna Henderson (? - CAN)
#5 Louisville: #1 Regan Smith, #12 Tristen Ulett *commit*, #13 Gabi Albiero *commit*, #14 Paige Hetrick, HM Ella Ristic
#6 Texas: #3 Isabelle Stadden, #4 Olivia Bray *commit*, #6 Phoebe Bacon, #7 Emma Sticklen, #17 Anna Keating
#7 Tennessee: Adeline Farrington (#40 Nat), Anna Havens Rice (#52 Nat), Elle Caldow (#56 Nat) *commit, Elysse Pardus (#67 Nat)
#8 Indiana: #4 Olivia Bray, HM Ella Ristic, Julia Heimstead (#150 Nat)
#9 Virginia: #2 Alex Walsh, #4 Olivia Bray, #9 Maxine Parker, #12 Tristen Ulett, #17 Anna Keating *commit*, #18 Lillie Nordmann, #20 Abby Harter *commit*, Emma Weyant (#11 Nat), Samantha Pearson (#31 Nat), Colby Hurt (#46 Nat)
#10 Minnesota: none
#11 Georgia: #2 Alex Walsh, #6 Phoebe Bacon, #15 Abby Arens, #18 Lillie Nordmann, Emma Weyant (#11 Nat)
#12 USC: #5 Kaitlyn Dobler *commit*, #8 Quinn Schaedler, #12 Tristen Ulett, #17 Anna Keating, #20 Abby Harter, HM Ella Ristic, Jade Hannah (#13 Nat - CAN), Sophie Housey (#44 Nat), Andrea Santander (#54 Nat), Adair Sand (#184 Nat)
#13 Ohio State: Lola Mull (#23 Nat)
#14 Kentucky: #14 Paige Hetrick, Kaylyn Schoof (#25 Nat), Amanda Ray (#33 Nat), Paige McCormick (#65 Nat), Kaylee Williams (#80 Nat), Hannah Ownbey (#96 Nat), Julia Heimstead (#150 Nat), Georgia Johnson (#181 Nat), Maggie Gholston (#192 Nat)
#15 Missouri: none
#16 Auburn: Colby Hurt (#45 Nat), Elysse Pardus (#67 Nat)
#17 Wisconsin: Kaylyn Schoof (#25 Nat) *commit*, Mallory Jackson (#74 Nat) *commit*
#18 NC State: #15 Abby Arens *commit*, Colby Hurt (#45 Nat), Elle Caldow (#56 Nat)
#20 Arizona: Julia Heimstead (#150 Nat) *commit*
#23 Arizona State: Jadyn Jannasch (#151 Nat), Carson Kaufmann (#170 Nat), Adair Sand (#184 Nat) *commit*
#26 UCLA: none
#33 Virginia Tech: Georgia Johnson (#181 Nat)
#35 Florida: Anna Havens Rice (#52), Elysse Pardus (#67 Nat),

Last Updated: 11/11/18
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Cheers for all your hard work on compiling & keeping-up-to-date that smashing list, it's greatly appreciated!

So, of the Top 9 schools, Bears = the lone programme who hasn't hosted any 2020 women's recruits at this point...well, as far as is known?
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

http://instagr.am/p/BpS5B-oHdkP

If I had to make a wild guess in the dark, my first stab would be Anna Keating...perhaps?? (assuming it's a female commit)

Anna Keating -> Virginia

CS ranking as of verbal: #17 Nat, #3 VA




SwimSwam's writeup:

ANNA KEATING, #17 AMONG OUR 2020S, SENDS VERBAL COMMITMENT TO UVA
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bearz012 said:

11. Kathryn Ackerman Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics - Grand Haven High School - Grand Haven, MI
Best Times: 400 IM 4:10.20, 200 IM 1:57.92, 100 fly 54.76, 100 back 54.71, 200 back 1:56.36
It seems like the IMers in this class could use a little more development, and are good candidates to rise when we look back on these rankings next year. Ackerman dropped from 4:15 down to 4:10 in the 400 IM over the last year and has the top time in the class. Her third event is still fairly open. Good long course swimmer (2:17/4:49 in the IMs).
Via IG bio, Kathryn Ackerman --> Michigan
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bearz012 said:

Yeah, it's a way earlier, but the recruiting landscape has changed drastically in a shorter period of time, so we'll have to change as well! Here's a rough overview of some recruits that we may be targeting for this recruiting season. In 2020, we're losing Keaton Blovad, Alexa Buckley, Chenoa Devine, Aislinn Light, Maddie Murphy, Courtney Mykkanen, and Abbey Weitzeil.

NEEDS:
- Backstroke (replace the loss of Keaton, Aislinn, Coco, and assuming we don't get Berkoff)
- Sprint Free (Abbey as well as Maddie)
- Sprint Fly (or just fly in general)

Ironically, we aren't low in breaststroke (Ema, Ali, Izzie) or distance (our 2019 distance quartet of Ashlyn, SD3, Rachel, and Anna should be good for duals), but instead, we are low in our typical specialties of sprint free, fly, and back.

TARGETS:

Not to be forgotten, of course (if we don't get Regan), is another Minnesotean, #3 Isabelle Stadden, who has been dropping time like crazy, and boasts times of 51.3 and 1:52.0 in the backstrokes. She doesn't quite have a third event, but based on her 100 IM time, she should be able to improve in the 200 IM.

For sprint free, #8 Quinn Schaedler and #9 Maxine Parker stand out with 50 free times of 22.8 and 22.4, respectively, though Schaedler also boasts a near class best 100 free time of 48.84.

Some Locals:

- HM Ella Ristic: 2017 World Junior Champs team member, with a great 200 free (1:45.6) Also from Irvine Novaquatics and Santa Margarita (Katie McL). Her other times aren't quite at the same level at her 200 free, but she still has two years left to improve them.

Note: The rankings given are their SS rankings in SS's "Way Too Early NCAA Recruit Ranks for 2020", which was posted on April 30, 2018. If they have no SS ranking, I'll use their CS ranking, even if their CS ranking is higher than those with SS rankings.

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3. Isabelle Stadden Aquajets Swim Team - Blaine High School - Blaine, MN
Best Times: 100 back - 51.33, 200 back - 1:52.04, 200 IM - 1:59.56, 50 free - 22.96, 100 fly - 54.39
The second Minnesotan in our top 3, Stadden has been surging over the past year or so. Since November, she's dropped her 100 back from 54.8 to 51.3 and her 200 from 1:58.7 to 1:52.0. She doesn't have a stellar third event yet, but keeps dropping in everything seemingly every time she swims she dropped time at Minnesota's high school state meet in November, then added another round of lifetime-bests at Winter Juniors in December, and blew out even those times at NCSAs in March. Stadden is going to need massive drops to rise any higher in this class (she can Minnesota nice-ly thank her state-mate Smith for that), but is tremendous value at #3. She comes from the same club that produced Rachel Bootsma.

8. Quinn Schaedler Austin Swim Club - Austin, TX
Best Times: 200 free - 1:46.02, 100 free - 48.84, 50 free - 22.89
An awesome relay pickup, and the only one inside our top 10 who projects as a pure mid-sprint freestyle type. Very good time progression: her 200 was 1:50.8 until late 2017 when she went 1:47.7. And the 1:46.0 came just two months go. The 100 is even more impressive her lifetime-best was 51.5 last October before a whole slew of time drops. This one is a high-ceiling pick. Schaedler is currently a very good relay piece, but if she drops solid amounts over the next two years, she could be a major difference-maker in all five relays for the right program.

Ella Ristic (Irvine Novaquatics / Santa Margarita Catholic High School / Laguna Niguel, CA) - her 200 free (1:45.76) feels a lot better than any of her times in adjacent events (23.2/49.7//4:48.2), so it's worth keeping an eye on whether she can bring any other events to that level. That 200 free also took place last May in California's high school season when she was a freshman, so she could still improve her sophomore year standing with a drop next month.



Just idly thinking out loud here lol - know that we've naturally been all focussed on the 2020 "big guns" (#1 Regan Smith, #2 Alex Walsh, #3 Isabelle Stadden, #4 Olivia Bray, #6 Phoebe Bacon) on these pages...

But am quite curious how some of you may feel about the (purely hypothetical/speculative ) scenario where Teri was to explore other equally promising options instead (taking into account academics, team & school fit, progression curve & upside etc.), and so head in a rather different direction than perhaps originally expected - such as looking at #8 Quinn Schaedler {#3 TX}, HM Ella Ristic {# 2 CA} & Samantha Pearson {#1 CA}...in addition to #3 Isabelle Stadden {#1 MN}, of course?
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bearz012 said:

Via IG bio, Kathryn Ackerman --> Michigan

Now confirmed, via SwimSwam:

#11 KATHRYN ACKERMAN VERBALLY COMMITS TO MICHIGAN



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bearz012 said:

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20. Abby Harter Nation's Capital Club - Briar Woods High School - Ashburn, VA
Best Times: 200 fly 1:56.04, 100 fly 53.51, 200 IM 2:00.26, 400 IM 4:14.88
Good butterfly improvements have put her in the thick of the class there just needs a blowout swim to separate herself from the field. IMs went backwards a little as a sophomore, but she's not far from being one of the better in the class there too.
UVA hosting their second recruiting trip this weekend, this time with 2020 recruits. Not exactly quite sure who is there yet, but definitely #17 Anna Keating, #20 Abby Harter, #2 Alex Walsh, #4 Olivia Bray, #12 Tristen Ulett, #18 Lillie Nordmann, and HM Ella Ristic.
Abby: "I'm beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Virginia!! Thank you to my family, coaches, friends and teammates for the help and support to get me where I am now!! #GoHoos #WAHOOWA"

#20 ABBY HARTER VERBALLY COMMITS TO VIRGINIA FOR 2020-21



SwimSwam's #20

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bearz012 said:


Abby Harter --> UVA

So much for the sweatshirt indicator.
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swimmer19 said:

bearz012 said:

Abby Harter --> UVA
So much for the sweatshirt indicator.

Haha. Well at least the so-called "sweatshirt indicator" barometer was 100% accurate when it came to our very own #1 recruit for the class of 2019 - Baby Bear Izzy!
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

#3 Isabelle Stadden taking a tour of Ann Arbor this weekend, showing up @ the Big House with Janessa Mathews (#44 Nat, #1 OH) - 2020, Hanna Henderson (ON) - 2020? & Katja Pavicevic (#68 Nat, #4 ON) - 2019.


bearz012 said:

All visits by top 2020 recruits (official & unofficial, ? = unsure of visit):

#3 Isabelle Stadden {MN}: Michigan

Last Updated: 11/1/18
bearz012 said:

Which 2020 Recruits are Visiting Which Schools? (rankings based on NCAA finish)

  • #6 Texas: #4 Olivia Bray, #6 Phoebe Bacon, #17 Anna Keating

    Last Updated: 10/28/18


  • Looks like we may have overlooked Carol hosting some 2020 recruits down @ Austin last weekend - notably, Isabelle Stadden.

    Still think Bears are in the running for the #3 recruit...

    Well, along with the Horns & the Wolverines (plus the Furdette Juggernaut, I suppose... perhaps UofL or Minn or UCLA too??)
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    SS #7 Emma Sticklen (TX) is visiting UT this weekend, per her insta story.
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    bearz012 said:

    TARGETS:
    For fly, VA native #4 Olivia Bray is the NAG record holder in the 100 fly, with 51.48/1:54.2 fly times, as well as a 52.0 100 back. Poses as a 100/200 fly and 100 back scorer, and brings some pretty good mid-distance free times as well to help combat the loss of Maddie.
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    4. Olivia Bray Virginia Gators - Lord Botetourt School - Roanoke, VA
    Best Times: 100 fly - 51.48, 200 fly - 1:54.21, 100 back - 52.02, 200 back - 1:55.74, 200 free - 1:46.37

    Currently the best sprint flyer in the class, Bray is also an impact backstroker for any team that doesn't get one of the top two prospects. Her 100 fly would have made the NCAA's A final last year. The downside with Bray is that her fly and back went pretty far backwards this spring, with her bests coming from March of 2017. There's still plenty of time to turn that around over the next two years, but it is a red flag. On the other hand, Bray went lifetime-bests in her 50 (23.0) and 100 (51.1) frees this spring, so maybe she's developing into a more rounded relay threat. Her 200 free (1:46.3) feels significantly better than those two, so there should be time to drop in the sprints.
    bearz012 said:

    Thought I'd compile a list of visits from each recruit in SS's top 20 plus some others...

    #4 Olivia Bray {VA}: Texas, UVA

    Last Updated: 11/1/18


    #4 Olivia Bray (CS ranking as of verbal: #4 Nat, #1 VA) -> UT

    "I am so thrilled and honored to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and swimming career at the University of Texas! Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me and helped me to get where I am today!! I cannot wait to train with such an amazing team and under a great coaching staff!! #hookem"



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    Another top 10 gone. Hard to recruit if we aren't bringing them here for a recruiting trip. Saving for them for the big game?
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    OBear073akaSMFan said:

    Another top 10 gone. Hard to recruit if we aren't bringing them here for a recruiting trip. Saving for them for the big game?

    Seems to be the plan - I guess?? Hopefully there will be a few top student-athletes who are good mutual fits still remaining to woo in a fortnight's time {fingers crossed}, what with the brutally accelerated pace of earlier & earlier recruiting/verbals in the aftermath of those NCAA rule changes... Keep in mind that the window of opportunity for recruiting visits this semester will narrow in the not too distant future - Thanksgiving, Bears away @ Athens for the UGA Invite, Finals 2nd week of Dec, etc.

    Hmmm, if Teri were to host #1 Regan or #2 Alex at the Big Game, reckon would be a good test of their loyalties & commitment leans to observe which fb team they are cheering on the hardest when we go chop some tree stumps on the 17th lol (with the pair having already taken a trip to the Farm last month)...

    Bears do have a dual meet v. the CSCAA #1 ranked Horns @ Legends this coming Sat (hope some of you can make it there!), which could also present an opportunity for some visits. Just thinking out loud tho that visiting this weekend could prove sort of awkward for a top recruit like #3 Isabelle Stadden, since she was a guest @ Austin just last week...

    There isn't a home fb match either on the 10th - but then again, don't reckon this constitutes a rigid requirement, esp if multiple recruiting weekends are spread out involving smaller batches of recruits.

    Classic example of this - Izzy, Chloe & Miranda Heckman (UT commit) showed up @ Spieker for the dual v. ASU on 19 Jan at the beginning of the year, obviously after the fb season had concluded. Chloe then verballed to Cal 5 days following her visit (24th), with Isabel pledging to the blue & gold a week after her trip (28th)! So these trips can, and do, produce some very tangible results soon afterwards...

    Granted there's a very valid counterpoint perspective that "if a recruit commits before even visiting Berkeley, then the chances are they never wanted to come here"...

    OTOH, competing programmes may have put a hard deadline on a promising prospect to commit after their early visit to their institution, which can increase our chances of "losing" these recruits before they ever get a chance to discover that they can be a great/better fit with Bears (families pulling the trigger cos of financial & other practical considerations, fearing their offspring may not get "as good" an offer elsewhere since she/he hasn't yet been invited to Cal & presented with an offer, etc etc).


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    UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

    But am quite curious how some of you may feel about the (purely hypothetical/speculative ) scenario where Teri was to explore other equally promising options instead (taking into account academics, team & school fit, progression curve & upside etc.), and so head in a rather different direction than perhaps originally expected - such as looking at #8 Quinn Schaedler {#3 TX}, HM Ella Ristic {# 2 CA} & Samantha Pearson {#1 CA}...in addition to #3 Isabelle Stadden {#1 MN}, of course?

    Speaking for just myself lol, would be ever so chuffed about seeing the likes of these swim aces make an appearance on campus in the near future:
    - #3 Isabelle Stadden (academically-inclined, also looks up to Thleen & probably Natalie)
    - #2 Alex Walsh (strong academics tradition @ Harpeth Hall, good friends with Cass & Izzy...heck I may even find it in my heart to magnanimously overlook Alex's massive transgression in making that ill-fated trip to the Farm )
    - #8 Quinn Schaedler
    - Samantha Pearson {#1 CA}

    Heck why not throw in "sizzling" #6 Phoebe Bacon as well whilst we're about it, no I'm not being greedy or unrealistic here at all lol

    Not really expecting the #1 recruit to show up to @ Cal as she has been displaying overt signs of being a v. heavy LSJU lean...but heck, I'd for one would also welcome Regan Smith, if only to annoy those furdettes (and D Roy haha) who have understandably been very assertive & persistent in their recruiting campaign & focus on reeling in Regan to the Dark Side...
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    bearz012 said:


    #7 Tennessee: Elysse Pardus (#67 Nat)
    #9 Virginia: Colby Hurt (#46 Nat)
    #18 NC State: Colby Hurt (#45 Nat),
    #35 Florida: Elysse Pardus (#67 Nat),

    Last Updated: 11/4/18

    Elysse Pardus and Colby Hurt both on their 3rd recruit trip, this time to Auburn:


    Elysse Pardus, Colby Hurt
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    bearz012 said:

    Also at the recruiting trip were Paige McCormick (#64 Nat, #2 OH) & Julia Heimstead (#148 Nat, #6 IL)



    Heimstead also visited Arizona:


    Julia: "So excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Arizona! I want to thank my family, friends, and Coach Yourd for supporting me throughout this journey. I can't wait to be a Wildcat!! BEARDOWN!!"

    2017 IHSA 100 FLY RUNNER-UP JULIA HEIMSTEAD SENDS VERBAL TO ARIZONA



    CS ranking as of verbal: #150 Nat, #6 IL

    She also visited Indiana with #4 Olivia Bray (who later committed to Texas) & HM Ella Ristic, alongside another recruit.


    #4 Olivia Bray, ??, HM Ella Ristic, Julia Heimstead (#150 Nat, #1 IL)

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    Elle Caldow (#56 Nat, #5 VA) --> Tennessee
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    SwimSwam said:

    15. Abby Arens Marlins of Raleigh - Saint Mary's College Prep School - Raleigh, NC
    Best Times: 100 breast 1:00.00, 200 breast 2:10.04, 200 IM 1:59.93, 400 IM 4:15.90
    This is a deep class of breaststrokers between 1:00-1:01 and 2:11-2:12, and Arens has risen to the front of that group with solid drops at NCSAs in March. It also doesn't hurt that she's had awesome IM drops in the past year (2:02 to 1:59 in the 200, 4:21 to 4:15 in the 400) to close in on the equally deep IM class.

    #15 Abby Arens (CS ranking as of verbal: #7 Nat, #1 NC) -> NC State

    http://instagr.am/p/Bp29a6EF0Bx
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    Emma Wheal officially committed to Stanford

    http://instagr.am/p/Bpu0VG8AOEi
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    bearz012 said:

    All visits by top 2020 recruits (official & unofficial, ? = unsure of visit):
    #2 Alex Walsh {TN}: LSJU, UVA
    Alex visiting Sanford Stadium this weekend...



    William Cole (#84 Nat, #1 KY), #3 Jake Magahey, Charlie Logan (#250 Nat, #9 GA) - 2019 commit, Harry Homans (#80 Nat, #1 RI) - 2019 commit, #2 Alex Walsh
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