BURLINGAME, California, October 7. HE might not be pulling in huge recruiting classes in terms of quantity, but Duke head coach Dan Colella certainly keeps bringing in NCAA qualifier quality with his classes. Recently, Peak’s Leah Goldman made the call to Colella to earn early top-billing in the Blue Devils’ Class of 2014.
Goldman, the 32nd-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014 by CollegeSwimming.com, provides Duke with an immediate impact player in the butterfly and IM events.
Earlier this year, Goldman clocked a 53.69 in the 100-yard fly and a 2:00.61 in the 200-yard IM at the CIF CCS High School Championships while swimming for Burlingame. Goldman also will give Duke a few options on its medley relay. Not only is she a strong sprint flyer, she also has a 26.30 50-yard backstroke leadoff to her credit.
This past year, Goldman also competed alongside Garrett Weber-Gale at the Maccabiah Games. She posted a 57.01 in the 100-meter free, a 26.46 in the 50-meter free, a 1:02.34 in the 100-metr fly and a 1:04.79 in the 100-meter back during her epic journey to Israel as part of the Jewish-centered celebratory competition.
Goldman joins No. 40 Ryan Nicholson on the men’s side as the top-two recruits for Duke this year.