PHOENIX, Arizona, November 14. THE day is finally here for high school seniors to sign national letters of intent to attend college next year. Up until today, the verbal commitments they all made meant next to nothing until they signed the letter of intent, which is an official contract between the student-athlete and the university. The early signing period runs through next Wednesday, which will allow a lot of coaches across the United States to fully enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend. Swimmers are taking to Twitter to post about their excitement about college, and this photo from Chelsea Chenault grabbed our attention. Chenault, on the left, is posing with Carondelet High School classmate and teammate Madison White, and as you can see, the two will now be cross-town rivals, with Chenault set to attend USC and White going to UCLA.
Speaking of Southern Cal, they keep their spot at the top of the newest women's college coaches rankings with big wins over three conference rivals. California-Berkeley and Georgia switched places in the poll, with Cal now at number two and Georgia at number three.
The Bolles School apparently didn't get enough of setting records last weekend, and they broke a 13-14 national age group record last night in Jacksonville, Florida. The foursome of Dakota Mahaffey, James Daugherty, Gian Garcia and Tyler Rice teamed up to swim a 1:35.94 to break the 13-14 age group national record by more than two seconds. The record took place during a sanctioned time trial meet, in which several swimmers attempted to get national and senior national meet standards.
Another Olympian has made a retirement announcement. Natalie Wiegersma, a national record holder in New Zealand, is leaving the sport at just 22 years old and first joined the national team in 2006 at 16 years old. She competed in the individual medley events at the London Olympics.