Fighting Irish Snag 2021 Verbal Commitments from Annie Behm & Madelyn Christman

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Photo Courtesy: Annie Behm / Madelyn Christman

NEW COMMITS: The University of Notre Dame has earned a pair of verbal commitments for the 2021-22 season and beyond from Cherry Hill, N.J. native Annie Behm and Madelyn Christman of Fishers, Ind.

Both swimmers will join Ana Herceg, Jess GerianeMadeline MenkhausSophia KarrasMary Cate Pruitt and Maggie Graves as members of the Fighting Irish’s class of 2025.

ANNIE BEHM

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Photo Courtesy: Annie Behm Instagram (@annie_behm)

Primarily a backstroker, Behm does her club swimming with Jersey Wahoos and has achieved the Olympic Trials cuts in both the 100m and 200m back. She finaled in the 200m back at the Toyota U.S. Open and won that event at TYR Junior Nationals in 2019. Last summer, she recorded four top-8 finishes at Middle Atlantic LCM Seniors before going on to compete at Junior Nationals.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I am SO excited and humbled to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Notre Dame! I want to thank my family, friends, teachers, and coaches for their endless support during this process and for helping me get to this point. GO IRISH!”

A current junior at Cherry Hill High School East, Behm is a six-time New Jersey Meet of Champions finalist. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American won the 100 free and was the 100 back runner-up as a junior after earning gold in the 100 back and taking sixth in the 200 free during her sophomore season.

Her best times include:

  • 50 back – 26.42
  • 100 back – 54.36
  • 200 back – 1:57.68
  • 200 IM – 2:06.23

MADELYN CHRISTMAN

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Photo Courtesy: Madelyn Christman Instagram (@madelyn.christman)

A talented backstroker and IMer, Christman swims year-round with Carmel Swim Club and owns seven Junior National or faster standards. She raced three events at Juniors East in December and grabbed bronze in the 200m back with a Trials cut time at Indianapolis Sectionals last year. This past summer, she had four top-10 finishes at Indiana LCM Seniors and competed at Junior nationals.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming careers at the University of Notre Dame! Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way! Go Irish”

Also competing for the legendary Carmel High School, Christman is a four-time Indiana State Championship finalist and recently helped her team to their 34th-straight state crown. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American finished fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 free as a junior after taking third in the 100 back and fourth in the 200 IM during her sophomore campaign.

Her best times include:

  • 50 back – 25.33
  • 100 back – 54.44
  • 200 back – 1:57.19
  • 200 IM – 2:01.77
  • 400 IM – 4:20.63

If you have a commitment to share, please send a photo and quote via email to hs@swimmingworld.com