2020 Women's Swimming Recruiting

tedbear
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She is from nearby Maryland, so Phoebe to Virginia makes perfect sense to me. Unfortunately, this probably also means that AW, who visited Virginia, is heading somewhere else, while I was hoping she would land with Cavaliers. The dark side has a strong pull on AW. The regulars know who is number one on my wish list .
swimmer19
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bearz012 said:


2nd recruiting weekend for UK...going after 2020 recruits hard after one visited last time alongside the 2019 recruits.


Morgan Jones (#623 Nat, #23 NC), ??, Hannah Ownbey (#95 Nat, #3 SC), Sofie Davis *committed* (#240 Nat, #22 VA), Georgia Johnson (#179 Nat, #16 VA), Amanda Ray (#32 Nat, #2 NC), #14 Paige Hetrick, Kaylyn Schoof (#24 Nat, #1 WI)

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

Amanda Ray, a National Junior Teamer who visited Kentucky and possibly other top programs, verbaled to the Gators today:

I'm so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Florida!! I could never have gotten here if it wasn't for my amazing teammates and coaches!! I can't wait to be a gator!!



2nd commit for the Gators, as Kenady Beil verbaled this past weekend:

VERSATILE KENADY BEIL HANDS FLORIDA ITS 1ST VERBAL COMMITMENT FOR 2020-21



"I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Florida! I would not be here without the support of family, friends, & coaches!! can't wait to be a part of such and [sic] amazing program and group of girls! GO GATORS"
bearz012
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swimmer19 said:

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


Elysse Pardus, Colby Hurt
JUNIORS A-FINALIST COLBY HURT OF 757 SWIM VERBALS TO AUBURN FOR 2020



CS ranking: #47 Nat, #4 VA

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Madison: "Thankful for the opportunity to announce my verbal commitment to further my academics and athletics at the University of Florida. I couldn't have gotten here without all of my coaches, friends, and family. I can't wait to be a a gator! #gogators"

MADISON KOLESSAR SENDS VERBAL COMMITMENT TO FLORIDA FOR 2020-21



CS ranking: #34 Nat, #3 PA

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Katelyn: "I am beyond honored to say I've verbally committed to the University of Tennessee! They have such an outstanding program and phenomenal coaches, I fell in love the moment I stepped on the pool deck. My favorite thing about the team would be the energy they bring to every meet, I feel like it's really easy to swim fast when you're having fun and cheering on your teammates. I am proud to be considered a lady vol and I can't wait to swim for coach Matt and coach Ashley."

KATELYN YULE VERBALLY COMMITS TO TENNESSEE FOR 2020-21



CS ranking as of verbal: #249 Nat, #17 CA

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Brynn: "Thankful to have the opportunity to continue my academic and athletic career at auburn university and for my friends, family, and coaches who helped me along the way!! #wareagle"

BRYNN CURTIS GIVES AUBURN THEIR 2ND VERBAL COMMITMENT FOR 2020-21



CS ranking as of verbal: #170 Nat, #15 VA

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Kalli: "Beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and further my education at The University of Michigan. Thank you to my family, teammates, and coaches who have helped me on this journey. #GoBlue!"

MICHIGAN SNAGS VERBAL COMMITMENT FROM KALLI FAMA FOR 2020



CS ranking as of verbal: #239 Nat, #3 AZ

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Elise: "I chose Florida because it is an academic and swimming powerhouse. I am grateful for my parents and coaches who helped me get here and am so excited to swim for one of the best schools in the country. I know that Coach Poppell will help me get to the next level of my swimming career."

FHSAA 3A RUNNER-UP ELISE BAUER VERBALS TO FLORIDA GATORS FOR 2020



CS ranking as of verbal: #53 Nat, #2 FL
swimmer19
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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.


Should belong on the 2019 thread, but since she's mentioned here, Katja Pavicevic -> UCSD

"It gives me great pleasure to announce my commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of California San Diego! I am looking forward to becoming a valuable contributor to the Tritons' upcoming and talented team, and further developing my swimming at the highest level. Thankful for my parents, friends, and coaches who have helped me get to where I am today and a huge thank you to my future coaches David Marsh and Marko Djordjevic for making me feel at home from the moment I stepped on campus. I know that UCSD is the perfect school for me to succeed both in and out of the pool and I can't wait to be a part of this amazing family! GO TRITONS!"



CS ranking as of commit: #72 Nat, #4 ON

OBear073akaSMFan
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Wonder if any recruits came visiting for the Colorado game since the swim team would be unavailable for the furd's game. Could had worked out perfectly with the long Thanksgiving weekend.
swimmer19
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


Meanwhile, Elysse Pardus (#66 Nat, #2 SC) joined a group of 2020 recruits, along with several 2019 Vols commits, @ Neyland Stadium (cheers to bearz012 for the find!):






Elysse (#69 Nat) visited Georgia recently, perhaps the same weekend as Alex Walsh?

She's taken all her trips, having visited Florida before her Tennessee trip, followed by Kentucky, Auburn, then UGA.
UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

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

Botetourt swim phenom Bray picks Texas

"If you're a top-level swimmer, you're committing your junior year," said Doug Fonder, head coach of the Roanoke Gators, the year-around program with which Bray trains.

Bray made her decision Oct. 3. She had wanted to wait until Jan. 1.

"I instantly fell in love with Texas on my recruiting trip," Bray said. "Honestly, I didn't think [a commitment] would happen this early. You feel a little bit rushed, or at least I did."
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

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?
...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. ... 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

THE EVER CHANGING FACE OF COLLEGE RECRUITING

In case you have been out of the country for the past year here are some of the more significant rules changes that went into effect over the past several months.
  • High school juniors can take official recruiting visits
  • Coaches can text juniors
  • The two signing periods have been merged into one (second Wednesday in November-August 1)
  • Recruits are not allowed to meet with college coaches on unofficial visits prior to their junior year.
  • College coaches are allowed in most instances to stack academic scholarships with athletic scholarships.
  • Swimming and Diving scholarships are allowed to be guaranteed beyond the first year.
  • Cost of attendance is being provided by a lot of schools now that is over and above an athletic scholarship.

Here are some observations on how these rules have changed the face of recruiting for swimming and diving.
  • Verbal commitments are at an all-time high. SwimSwam lists nearly 400 swimmers/divers who gave their verbal commitment before the signing period this year. In September of 2018, they listed 180 and in September of 2017, they listed 55.
  • Last year American College Connection had 4 high school juniors give their verbal commitments. This year we have 26 juniors give their verbal.
  • September 1 of the Junior year has become a pivotal date. This is the first time a D-I coach can contact a recruit via email or text.
  • Many junior recruits are being offered official visits during the fall of their junior year and many of those are being offered scholarships with deadlines to decide
  • Coaches are using social media to find out about recruits.
  • Coaches seem to be investing in a recruit's potential more today.
  • Coaches are recruiting a lot more international swimmers and divers.
  • Recruits are being asked to take the SAT/ACT earlier in their junior year. This helps the coaches find academic aid for the recruit.
  • Juniors are being asked to call coaches.
  • Coaches are using Junior Days to get recruits to take unofficial visits.
  • Swimmers and Divers must start the recruiting process earlyat least at the beginning of their sophomore year and preferably in their freshman year.
  • A lot of coaches have given their scholarships to high school juniors and are running out of money much earlier than ever before. I know of three D-I programs that are finished with their recruiting for the next two years!
  • Some coaches have told us that there are limiting or no longer offering official visits to high school seniors.
  • Coaches seem to be filling their rosters earlier than ever before. This greatly affects swimmers who want to wait to decide on a school or who are willing to walk-on.
Swimmingnerd
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Katherine Berkoff > NC STATE
Swimmingnerd
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Wolfpack Snaps Up #3 Katherine Berkoff
canswim13
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Looks like Faith Nelson (BC) off to University of Arizona, as per her Instagram bio:

https://www.instagram.com/faithknelson/
swimmer19
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Casey Chung -> Michigan

"I'm so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the University of Michigan! Thank you to all my family, teammates, and coaches for all the support. Go blue"

bearz012
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bearz012 said:

#14 Paige Hetrick {PA}: Kentucky, Penn State, Louisville
Don't know if this is an official visit or not, but Paige Hetrick took a visit to Texas recently:

https://www.instagram.com/paige_hetrick/p/Brq6TWmh1UwUHz3DDX_sqD3RMqi4vkusnOc2Ak0/

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Emma: "I'm extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to Virginia Tech! Thank you to my family, coaches, friends, and teammates for all the support throughout the years! I'm so happy to be a part of the Hokie family #GoHokies #sergioszn"

2X NCSA CHAMPION EMMA ATKINSON VERBAL TO VIRGINA TECH FOR 2020



CS ranking as of verbal: #24 Nat, #1 PA

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Kaylee: "After visting the University of Kentucky, I immediately fell in love with the team, coaching staff and campus. I verbally committed because I believe I will be challenged both academically, as well as in the pool and I am very excited for the future."



CS ranking as of verbal: #71 Nat, #4 MI

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Elizabeth: "I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim at Indiana University! As an Indiana age group swimmer, I have always admired the academic and competitive excellence of this program. I am looking forward to achieving new goals with the coaching staff and my future teammates. I would like to thank my coaches, family, and friends for their continued support. Go Hoosiers!"

VERSATILE ELIZABETH BROSHEARS GIVES VERBAL NOD TO INDIANA FOR 2020-21



CS ranking as of verbal: #90 Nat, #2 IN
UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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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

Sarah - please keep working on Jade, cos you'll make tedbear very happy lol

http://instagr.am/p/BsB3XD5nsXg
tedbear
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Favorite recruit No. 2!
swimmer19
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New Year, more recruits hosted down in Austin- looks like #2 Alex Walsh, #7 Emma Sticklen, #8 Quinn Schaedler, #16 Grace Cooper, #18 Lillie Nordmann, and an instater, Ellie McLeod (#144 Nat) are visiting the 'Whorns this weekend.

swimmer19
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swimmer19 said:


New Year, more recruits hosted down in Austin- looks like #2 Alex Walsh, #7 Emma Sticklen, #8 Quinn Schaedler, #16 Grace Cooper, #18 Lillie Nordmann, and an instater, Ellie McLeod (#144 Nat) are visiting the 'Whorns this weekend.


Looks like Claire Donan (#2 KY, #34 Nat) was also in Austin this weekend:


Back: Lillie Nordmann, Quinn Schaedler, Grace Cooper, Alex Walsh, Ellie McLeod
Front: Emma Sticklen, Claire Donan
bearz012
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#19 Anicka Delgado seen visiting USC for the second time today, seems like an $C lean.

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Back: Zsfi Kurdi (#38 Nat - 2019)
Middle: Emma Steckiel (#121 Nat), #14 Paige Hetrick, Pyper Doo (#75 Nat), Madeline Burt (#158 Nat)
Front: Evelyn Bruner (#167 Nat), Meghan Lee (#94 Nat), Abby Gibbons (#66 Nat), Berit Quass (#78 Nat)

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http://instagr.am/p/Bst6iyTlrxl
Swimmingnerd
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Looks like Louisville landed a new recruit... wonder who it was... Regan Smith was looking there...wonder if it was her....as they say "watch out world"

http://instagr.am/p/BsrSacxlHcW
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