MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, September 9. STANFORD head coach Greg Meehan is proving himself to be a dynamic recruiter. Already with the top Class of 2014 likely a lock, Meehan added another piece to the NCAA national title contender puzzle with Schroeder YMCA’s Alex Meyers committing to be a future member of the Cardinal.
Schroeder YMCA coach Dave Anderson confirmed the news with Swimming World this evening.
Meyers, ranked No. 23 in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com, is a freestyle threat with impressive range up and down the freestyle spectrum.
In the ever-important short course yard department, Meyers has a 1:46.98 top time in the 200-yard freestyle as well as a 17:43.72 in the 1650-yard freestyle events. That’s some serious range. Her 200 free would have placed just outside the top 16 in the country at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Meyers also has some sprint ability in the long course events, as her top-ranked lifetime best is a 56.06 in the 100-meter freestyle from the 2013 Speedo Junior National Championships. That swim comes in with 907 Power Points, and put her on the USA Swimming Junior National Team this summer.
Meehan had to do some work to steal Meyers from Badger territory as she is the top ranked recruit in the state of Wisconsin according to CollegeSwimming.com. A degree from Stanford, however, is tough to turn down when it is on the table.
Meyers represents the fifth top 50 recruit for Stanford, and the fourth in the top 25. Stanford already picked up commitments from No. 2 Janet Hu of Nation’s Capital, No. 3 Ally Howe of Palo Alto Stanford, No. 10 Lindsey Engel of the Orange County Waves and No. 45 Heidi Poppe of the Walnut Creek Aquabears.
This type of class rivals the sensational ones put together the past few years by Northern California rival Teri McKeever of the California Golden Bears — minus a super stud like Missy Franklin. But, in the end, a swimmer can only swim so many events at the NCAA level, so some of the top-level ability is mitigated by the team scoring aspect.