Brie Harnden Hands Verbal Commitment to UMass Amherst

Photo Courtesy: Brie Harnden

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Massachusetts Amherst has picked up a verbal commitment from Brie Harnden of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. A senior at Fitchburg High School, Harnden doesn’t do any high school swimming. She is a member of the school’s National Honor Society. She trains year-round with Greenwood Swimming where she is coached by Dom Lemieux.

She told Swimming World about her decision,

“UMass is the perfect fit for me because of the great chemical engineering program and the opportunity to swim as a member of an excellent team. The girls and coaches were so friendly and I am so excited to join them next fall! Go UMASS!”

Her best times include:

  • 200 Fly 2:05.28
  • 100 Fly 56.80
  • 200 Back 2:06.49
  • 200 Free 1:52.46

At the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championships Harnden would have scored points in the B final of the 200 fly. Senior Jenna Diamond was the Minutemen’s highest finisher, touching 13th last year (2:05.38). Jenn Robeson finished 16th (2:06.71) and will be a senior in Harnden’s first year in Amherst. She also would have snuck into the 100 fly B final. Rachel Grant (56.28) was sixth. She’ll also overlap with Harnden for a year.

Harnden’s Greenwood teammate Kasja Dymek has verbally committed to Rutgers.

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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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