Air Force Snags Verbal from Breaststroker Kimmy Woolfenden

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NEW COMMIT: The United States Air Force Academy has picked up a verbal commitment from breaststroker Kimmy Woolfenden. The Mission Viejo, Calif. native will join the Falcons as part of the class of 2023.

Woolfenden swims year-round with SoCal Aquatics and is a two-time Winter Junior Nationals qualifier. She has made significant improvements over the last three years, dropping 15 seconds in her 100 breast and 21 seconds in the 200. She competed at the Futures Championships in Santa Clara and wrapped up her long course season with four new best times.

Woolfenden spent her freshman and sophomore years at Arnold O. Beckman High School, breaking the school record in the 100 breast (1:04.82). The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American currently represents Santa Margarita Catholic High School. As a junior, she finished 13th in the 100 breast (1:03.86) at the 2018 CIF State Championships a week after placing third in the same event (1:03.18) at the CIF-Southern Section Division I meet.

She told Swimming World:

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to the United States Air Force Academy to pursue my athletic and academic career and the opportunity to serve my country. I would like to thank Coach Colleen Murphy and Coach Athena Miller for guiding me through this journey. I would like to also thank my high school and club coaches. I’m extremely grateful for my family and friends who have always supported me. I cannot wait to join the USAFA class of 2023. Go Falcons!”

Her best times include:

  • 100 breast – 1:03.18
  • 200 breast – 2:19.33
  • 50 free – 24.14
  • 100 free – 54.22

Woolfenden will make an immediate impact when she arrives on campus for the 2019-20 season and will add much-needed depth to Air Force’s breaststroke group. She will have one season to train with top returning breaststroker Heidi Schellin, who finished 11th in the 200 breast at the 2018 Mountain West Conference Championships.

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Chandler Brandes is a senior at the University of Vermont where she is majoring in Public Communication and double minoring in Coaching and Sports Management. She is a former swimmer for the Catamounts and this is her fourth year on board with Swimming World.

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