PHOENIX, Arizona, October 2. IT’s been a busy few days as the Class of 2014 has been making their college choices known loud and clear. Here’s a bit of a roundup on a few schools which have recently made moves.
The Wildcats scored a pair of commitments with Phoenix Swim Club’s JJ Osborn and Toronto’s Claire Lockridge both heading to Tucson, Ariz., following their senior seasons. Lockridge has a versatile approach to the sport with a 1:03.65 in the 100-meter fly, 2:18.90 in the 200-meter fly and a full group of freestyle ability leaning towards distance events (200 — 2:07.39; 400 — 4:30.22; 800 — 9:17.34; 1500 — 17:19.73).
Osborn, meanwhile, is a sprinter with some backstroke, butterfly ability. He owns a 20.71 in the 50-yard free that should provide the Wildcats with some extra sprint freestyle depth. He also is proficient in the 50-meter free (24.03), 100-meter fly (56.71), 200-meter fly (2:12.43) and 100-meter back (1:00.11) with a variety of top times spanning from 2012 until this year.
“I chose the U of A because of the great group of swimmers and coaches down there,” Osborn posted on CollegeSwimming.com “I know they will make me faster and I can’t wait to join my new family.”
The Missouri Tigers collected a trio of commitments in the past 24 hours as head coach Greg Rhodenbaugh has certainly been busy. Greater Columbus’ Hannah Stevens, North Jeffco’s Erin Metzger-Seymour and Northern Kentucky Clipper Sharlene Brady have all committed to Mizzou.
Stevens, the 48th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014 by CollegeSwimming.com, is a backstroke star who will follow nicely in the footsteps of Dominique Bouchard. Stevens has a 1:02.62 in the 100-meter back and a 2:14.90 in the 200-meter back to her credit, both from the 2013 U.S. National Championships.
She also owns a 54.73 100-yard back, 1:59.97 200-yard back and a 50.22 100-yard free to provide Missouri with a strong three-event skill set as freshman next year.
Metzger-Seymour will provide Missouri with some butterfly depth. She owns a 1:01.15 in the 100-meter fly and a 2:15.52 in the 200-meter fly. She also is pretty versatile in the short course yard department with a 51.04 100-yard free, 1:49.92 200-yard free, 54.91 100-yard fly and 2:01.08 in the 200-yard fly, all from this year.
Finally, Brady provides an IM to distance free threat for the Tigers. At the Kentucky State High School Championships, Brady clocked a 2:00.67 in the 200-yard IM for the top time on her resume. She also owns a 1:59.98 in the 200-yard fly, a 4:47.56 in the 500-yard free and a 4:17.36 in the 400-yard IM. In long course competition, she has a 2:19.48 in the 200-meter IM and a 4:53.18 in the 400-meter IM.