Ashley Mennenga, Olivia Schmelzer Add to Cincinnati’s Verbal Commitments

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NEW COMMITS: The University of Cincinnati has received verbal commitments from Ashley Mennenga and Olivia Schmelzer for the 2018-2019 season. Academy Bullets teammates Kenzie Arens and Camryn Streid will also be Bearcats next fall.

Ashley Mennenga

Mennenga is from Medina, Ohio where she is a senior at Highland High School. A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a NISCA All-American, Mennenga swims for Medina Recreation Swim Team.

She wrote,

“I am super excited to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Cincinnati! I knew when I stepped on campus that I wanted to be a part of the amazing environment that the coaches and team have created. I can’t wait to be a Bearcat!”

Mennenga is primarily a backstroker with best times of:

  • 50 Back 26.72
  • 100 Back 54.71
  • 200 Back 2:01.87
  • 100 Fly 55.59

Olivia Schmelzer

Schmelzer is from Lancaster, Ohio. She’s a senior at Lancaster High School and swims for the Lancaster YMCA. At YMCA Nationals last spring Schmelzer finished second in the 50 free.

A sprinter, her best times are:

  • 100 Free 49.52
  • 50 Free 22.78
  • 100 Back 56.82
  • 50 Back 26.65
  • 50 Fly 25.29


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Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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