CORAL SPRINGS, Florida, September 30. THE Florida schools better watch their collective backs, as Michigan head coach Mike Bottom is using his old Race Club ties to raid Florida early and often in the Class of 2014. Shortly after Clara Smiddy, the top-ranked recruit in Florida, made the call to Michigan, Emily Kopas committed as well.
Kopas, the 29th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014 by CollegeSwimming.com, is also ranked second in the state of Florida behind only soon-to-be Wolverine teammate Smiddy.
Kopas will provide the Wolverines a huge threat in breaststroke events. Her top time is a smoking 2:12.50 from the 2012 Winter National Championships, while she also threw down a 1:02.09 in the 100-yard breast at that meet as well.
She’s a long course weapon as well, having a 1:09.93 in the 100-meter breaststroke from the 2013 Speedo Junior National Championships shortly after clocking a swift 2:32.58 in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2013 U.S. National Championships.
Additionally, she has some sprint breaststroke ability as well that will serve her well in NCAA medley relay competition. She clocked a 32.20 in the 50-meter breast at U.S. Nationals, and also has a 29.38 50-yard breaststroke top time from the 2012 NCSA Junior Nationals. And, Kopas can serve as an IMer in the pinch for Bottom with a 2:05.33 200-yard IM and a 2:24.11 200-meter IM to her credit.
The Junior National Teamer also happens to be a legacy at Michigan. Her father Bill and uncle Brice both swam for the Wolverines. Bill competed in the 80s, while Brice swam in the 90s. Kopas had recently competed under the Davie Nadadores banner, but made the switch to Nova Southeastern Swim Club.
Michigan’s Class of 2014 keeps growing. On top of adding the top-two swimmers out of Florida with Smiddy and Kopas, they also have No. 4 Gillian Ryan of NBAC and No. 19 Hannah Moore of TAC Titans with both standing as the top swimmers in their respective states.