Hoosiers Pick Up Backstroker Katrina Sommer With Verbal

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Photo Courtesy: Katrina Sommer

NEW COMMIT: Villa Park, California’s Katrina Sommer will make the move to Bloomington next fall after declaring her intention to swim for Indiana.

Sommer swims year-round with Irvine Novaquatics and capped off her summer season with a win in the 200m back at California Junior Olympics. Primarily a backstroker, she was a three-time finalist at Carlsbad Speedo Sectionals in March and achieved a lifetime best in the 200 IM at Junior Nationals West last winter.

Sommer represented Villa Park High School during her junior season at the 2018 CIF State Championships where she finished 15th in the 200 IM and 18th in the 100 back. She placed seventh and tenth, respectively, in those events at CIF-Centrals a week prior.

She told Swimming World:

“I’m extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to Indiana University!! I’m so thankful for the support of my friends and family!  Can’t wait to be a Hoosier.”

Her best times include:

  • 100 back – 56.42
  • 200 back – 2:01.04
  • 200 IM – 2:04.62
  • 100 breast – 1:07.24
  • 100 free – 52.24
  • 100 fly – 56.74

Sommer will provide much-needed depth for the Hoosiers when she arrives on campus for the 2019-20 season following the graduation of three of their top backstrokers. Under head coach Ray Looze, Indiana finished second in the team standings at the 2018 Big Ten Championships.

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