James Madison Picks Up First Class of 2025 Verbal from Upper Main Line YMCA’s Grace Bousum

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Photo Courtesy: Grace Bousum via CollegeSwimming

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NEW COMMIT: James Madison University has scored their first early verbal commitment for the 2021-22 season and beyond from freestyler and butterflyer Grace Bousum of Chester Springs, Penn.

Bousum swims year-round with Upper Main Line YMCA and capped off her summer long course season with three best times at YMCA LCM Nationals where her highest finish was an 11th-place showing in the 50m fly. Last winter, she notched four lifetime bests at YMCA SCY Nationals.

A current junior at Downington East High School, Bousum is a four-time PIAA District 1 Championship finalist. She placed 12th in the 200 free at the Pennsylvania 3A State Championships as a sophomore while taking 14th in the event as a freshman.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at James Madison University! Thank you to my family, coaches, and teammates for all the support. Can’t wait to be a Duke!”

Her best times include:

  • 100 free – 51.41
  • 200 free – 1:51.79
  • 500 free – 5:02.16
  • 50 fly – 26.23
  • 100 fly – 56.87

Even with 1.5 years of club swimming still to go before suiting up for the Dukes as a member of the class of 2025, Bousum will add valuable free and fly depth to their lineup. She would’ve scored in the B-final of the 100 free and 200 free at the 2019 CAA Championships where James Madison secured their second-straight team title.

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