Hannah Thornton Gives Verbal Commitment to Duquesne University

Photo Courtesy: Hannah Thornton

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NEW COMMIT: High school junior Hannah Thornton has announced her verbal commitment to swim for Duquesne University beginning in the 2019-2020 season. Thornton attends Avon Grove Charter School and swims for Western Branch YMCA, where she is a nine time YMCA National qualifier (short course and long course combined) and a six time finalist.

Primarily a freestyler, her best times include:

  • 100 Free: 51.67
  • 50 Free: 24.04
  • 200 Free: 1:53.97
  • 100 Fly: 58.08

With a year of her high school career remaining, Thornton is closing in on the times (23.61, 51.50, and 1:52.3) it took to score at the Atlantic10 Championships in February in the 50, 100, and 200 free. The Dukes had a number of freestyle scoring sophomores (Carson GrossLauren DevoraceHeather SvitavskyShelly Heim) who will be seniors when Thornton arrives in Pittsburgh.

She told Swimming World,

“I am very excited to announce that I have verbally committed to swim for Duquesne University Class of 2023. I chose Duquesne because of the great academic opportunities and the amazing atmosphere the coaches create. The swimmers immediately made me feel welcome and I am excited to be a part of the team. I know Duquesne is the right school for me an I know I can excel academically and athletically here. I can’t wait to continue my education at Duquesne University and see what the future brings. Go Dukes!!!”

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    JR Thornton

    Great job! and great school!

Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and 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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