CIF-Central Record Holder Abby Samansky Gives Verbal to Tennessee

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NEW COMMIT: Fresno, Calif.’s Abby Samansky has verbally declared her intention on joining the Lady Vols, making the move to the University of Tennessee as a member of the class of 2023.

Samansky does her club swimming with Clovis Swim Club and is a U.S. Open qualifier in her signature event, the 200 free. She recorded a pair of best times at Junior Nationals this past summer and had a strong showing at the Hawaiian Senior LCM Championships. At NCSA Junior Nationals in March, she finaled in two events with a lifetime best in the 100 free.

Samansky has had an incredible career so far with Clovis West High School. As a junior, she finished fourth in the 200 free and sixth in the 100 free at the CIF State Championship. At the CIF Central Section meet a week prior, Samansky became the first CIF Central swimmer to crack the 50-second barrier in the 100 free and shattered the old 200 free record while leading her team to two relay titles.

She told Swimming World:

“I’m super excited to announce my commitment to the University of Tennessee!  I’m so thankful for the support of my friends and family who helped me to get where I am today. So stoked to have found a home at Tennessee, go Vols!”

Her best times include:

  • 50 free – 23.46
  • 100 free – 49.79
  • 200 free – 1:47.69
  • 500 free – 4:55.91
  • 100 back – 56.29

Samansky is a valuable pickup for Tennessee and will contribute across all distances when she suits up for the 2019-20 season. She would’ve scored in the C-final of the 200 free at the 2018 SEC Championships and will have one season of overlap with Stanza Moseley who placed third in the event at SECs. Under head coach Matt Kredich, Tennessee finished third in the team standings at least season’s conference meet.

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Author: Chandler Brandes

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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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