Kentucky Secures Verbal From Distance Freestyler Ashley Neas

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NEW COMMIT: Distance freestyler Ashley Neas has announced her intention to swim for the University of Kentucky beginning in the fall of 2019.

A native of Duluth, Ga., Neas does her club swimming with Swim Atlanta and has earned a U.S. Open cut in the mile. She placed 18th in the 800m free at Junior Nationals in a new personal best time. She raced in three events at Juniors East last December and competed at the Atlanta TYR Pro Swim Series.

Neas is a three-time Georgia 6A State Championships 500 free qualifier for Duluth High School. She earned the bronze medal in the event as a junior. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American placed fourth in the event as a sophomore and fifth during her rookie campaign.

She told Swimming World:

“I chose Kentucky because right when I stepped on campus I felt like I was home. The team atmosphere is amazing and they truly are a family. This combined with amazing coaches, a great program, and great academics, I know I will be the best I can be in and out of the pool.”

Her best times include:

  • 500 free – 4:51.42
  • 1000 free – 10:09.19
  • 1650 free – 16:44.01

Neas will provide valuable depth for the Wildcats when she arrives in Lexington for the 2019-20 season following the graduation of three top Kentucky distance swimmers. Under head coach Lars Jorgensen, Kentucky finished fourth in the team standings at the 2018 SEC Championships.

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  1. Andrew McCulloh

    Laura Ann Collins Neas – Yea Ashley!

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    Ron Bracewell

    Well done! Congratulations!