Florida Scores First 2021-22 Verbal from In-State Standout & National Junior Teamer Micayla Cronk

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NEW COMMIT: Oviedo, Fla. native Micayla Cronk has elected to stay in-state for her college career, announcing her verbal commitment to the University of Florida. The USA National Junior Team member will arrive in Gainesville at the start of the 2021-22 season.

Cronk does her club swimming with Blue Dolfins and owns the Olympic Trials cuts in the 100m and 200m free. She capped off a stellar summer by finishing 22nd in the 200m free and 26th in the 100m free at Phillips 66 Nationals en route to earning her first berth on the U.S. National Junior Team. She raced six events at Juniors East in December and won the 50/200 free combo at the Florida Spring Championships in February.

A current junior at Flagler Palm Coast High School, Cronk is a four-time Florida 4A State Championship finalist. The NISCA All-American is the two-time defending 100 free state champion, won the 200 free as a sophomore, and took ninth in the 100 back during her freshman season.

She told Swimming World:

“Born into a family that bleeds orange and blue, my dream has always been to become a Florida Gator. I can now say, that dream has come true. After nine years of swimming, I am more than happy to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Florida to further my academic and swimming career. I want to thank all of my coaches that have paved the road to this amazing destination, all of my teammates who have stood by my side during the ups and downs, and the greatest of all, my family, who has been there every step of the way to love and support me. I also want to thank the colleges that took an interest in me, I am both honored and humbled. Go Gators!”

Her best times include:

  • 50 free – 23.16
  • 100 free – 49.43
  • 200 free – 1:46.42
  • 100 back – 55.85
  • 200 back – 2:01.07

Even two years of club swimming still to go before suiting up for the Gators as a member of the class of 2025, Cronk will be a huge asset both individually and on relays. By the time she arrives on campus, she’ll fill the void left by Sherridon Dressel, Kelsey Dambacher, Isabella Garofalo and Kelly Fertel due to graduation, and her talents will surely start to replenish Florida’s sprint freestyle depth.

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