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Tar Heels Secure Verbal from North Carolina 1-2A State Champion Jay Baker
April 5, 2020— Jay Baker , who hails from Durham, North Carolina, has verbally committed to the in-state Tar Heels for the fall of 2021. He will join Walker Davis in the class of 2025. Baker is a versatile IMer who has a Winter U.S. Open cut in the 400 IM, Summer Juniors cuts in the 100 back and 200 back, and Winter Juniors cuts in the 1000 free and 1650 free. A junior at Durham School Of The Arts, he won the 500 free (4:29.96) and was runner-up in the 100 back (49.38) at the 2020 NCHSAA 1A/2A State Swimming & Diving Championships. He also led off the 7th-place 200 medley relay (23.52 backstroke) a ...

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Freestyler Grace Endaya Makes Verbal Commitment to UCSB for 2021
April 5, 2020— Ventura, California’s Grace Endaya has announced her intention to spend her collegiate swimming career at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Ventura High School junior will begin with the Gauchos in the fall of 2021. Endaya is a junior at Ventura High School. At the 2019 CIF-Southern Section Division 3 Championships, the then-sophomore finished 6th in the 50 free (24.33) and 6th in the 100 free (52.38). She also anchored the 4th-place 400 free relay (52.05) and the 9th-place 200 free relay (24.00). Endaya swims year-round for Buenaventura Swim Club. She competed at Mt. ...

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@SwimXps Grace Endaya commits to UCSB #swimming
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Texas A&M Mines a Gem in the Class of 2020: Latecomer to Swimming Kraig Bray
April 4, 2020— High school senior Kraig Bray of Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Texas has verbally committed to the Texas A&M Aggies. Bray was one Bray was a late-comer to the sport: he didn’t start swimming competitively, at any level, until the 8th grade. “I always liked being in the pool and they had the swim team here, so I figured I might as well give it a try,” said Bray as he recalled his start as a competitive swimmer to the in January. “I kind of just stuck with it. Bray caught up in a hurry. In February, Bray was the Texas 5A (smaller schools) State Champion in the 50 free (20. ...

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@SwimXps Kraig Bray commits to Texas A&M #swimming
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Trials-qualifying Sprinter Cory Shanks Verbally Commits to Tennessee
April 4, 2020— Cory Shanks from League City, Texas has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee’s class of 2025, joining Amber Myers , Asia Minnes , Josephine Fuller , Kate McCarville , Lauren Wetherell , Sara Stotler , Summer Eaker , and Summer Smith . Shanks is a junior at Clear Creek High School. She swims year-round for the club team South Shore Sails. She began swimming a few weeks before her 10th birthday and within 8 months was competing at the State age group meet. By 12, she had 4 Sectional cuts. At 14, she had qualified for the NCSA Championship in 4 events. Today at ...

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@SwimXps Cory Shanks commits to Tennessee #swimming
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Isaac Rolfsen Announces His Commitment to DII Lewis University
April 4, 2020— Isaac Rolfsen , a current high school senior from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has committed to swim for NCAA Division II Lewis University. Rolfsen is a current homeschool student who will graduate in spring 2020 and join the Flyers’ class of 2024. Rolfsen is a current year-round swimmer for Southwest Y Michigan and specializes in distance freestyle. In 2019 at the Michigan Swimming Open Championships, Rolfsen placed 3 in the 1650 freestyle with his former best time of 16:05.42, along with placing top 5 in the 1,000 freestyle and 500 freestyle. With his current best time, Rolfsen would have ...

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@SwimXps Isaac Rolfsen commits to DII Lewis University #swimming
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Coleman Stewart, Paige Madden Named ACC Swimmers of the Year
April 4, 2020— Coleman Stewart of NC State and Virginia’s Paige Madden were named the ACC men’s and women’s swimmer of the year, respectively, in Friday’s list of postseason honorees . Full list of honorees: Madden led a parade of Virginia winners, with Kate Douglass claiming women’s freshman of the year and Todd DeSorbo earning women’s swim coach of the year. Paige Madden won the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyle at the ACC championships to earn ACC Swimmer of the Meet honors . She was ranked in the top eight in all three events on the NCAA psych sheets, before the event was cancelled due to the corona ...

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@SwimXps Congrats: Coleman Stewart, Paige Madden ACC swimmers of the year
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Ray Looze Dishes On Difficulties of Coaching From Home, Denies Rumors Of Move To USC
April 3, 2020— Much like the rest of the world, Indiana head coach Ray Looze has had difficulties processing the coronavirus pandemic that has caused normal life to be turned upside down. Looze and his Indiana team lost a chance to compete at the NCAA Championships and he has had to resort to coaching from home while trying to prepare for an Olympic Games that is now another 400+ days away. But he has put a positive spin on it. “Typically we take the month of August as a break time so we are trying to look at now as a break time. But I feel like this will be a much longer break than any of us are i ...

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Three UVA swimmers land on ACC Team
April 3, 2020— The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team earned three ACC end-of-year honors, the league office announced on Friday (April 3), as junior Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala. ) was named the ACC Swimmer of the Year, freshman Kate Douglass (Pelham, N. Y. ) was named the ACC Freshman of the Year and head coach Todd DeSorbo was named the women’s ACC Swimming Coach of the Year.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Furniss Awake, Communicating After Heart Attack
April 3, 2020— Olympic gold medalist Bruce Furniss is awake and communicating after being put in a medically induced coma due to a major heart attack last Sunday. The 62-year-old Furniss won individual gold in the 200 free and a relay gold in the 800 free relay at the 1976 Olympic Games. In his career, he broke 10 world records and 19 American records, and won 11 AAU national titles and six NCAA event titles at USC. All of this came in the context of dealing with a debilitating arthritic condition in his back called ankylosing spondylitis that left him unable to even stand. According to a page set ...

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Savanna Faulconer Makes Difficult Decision after Olympic Postponement
April 3, 2020— For a wave of swimmers across the country, coronavirus cancellations and postponements are forcing tough decisions about the futures of their athletic careers. We caught up with Florida senior Savanna Faulconer , who saw her career come to an abrupt and unexpected end this spring when the NCAA canceled its championships meet and the Olympics (and U.S. Olympic Trials) were pushed back a year. “My plan was for [U.S. Olympic] Trials to be my last meet,” Faulconer said. An Olympic Trials qualifier in 2016 as a high schooler, Faulconer had competed in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breaststro ...

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