Lady Vols Secure Another: Backstroker Josephine Fuller Will Arrive in Knoxville for 2021-22 Season

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NEW COMMIT: Glen Allen, Va. backstroker Josephine Fuller has handed the University of Tennessee their third early verbal commitment for the class of 2025. She’ll arrive in Knoxville for the start of the 2021-22 season along with Summer Smith and Asia Minnes.

Fuller, who has already achieved the Olympic Trials cut in the 100 back, does her club swimming with NOVA of Virginia Aquatics. She finished 14th in the 100m back at Junior Nationals after earning a trio of best times at Virginia LCM Seniors this past summer. Last winter she raced three events at Juniors East, registered five top-10 finishes at Virginia SCY Seniors, and finished 14th in the 100 back at NCSAs.

A current junior at Glen Allen High School, Fuller is a three-time Virginia 5A State Championship finalist and has earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors twice in her career thus far. She finished fourth in both the 50 free and 100 back as a sophomore after finishing sixth in the latter during her freshman season.

She told Swimming World:

“I am so honored and excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at the University of Tennessee!! Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches for helping me get to where I am today. I cannot wait to be a Lady Vol!!”

Her best times include:

  • 100 back – 54.43
  • 200 back – 1:59.19
  • 100 fly – 55.64
  • 100 free – 51.16
  • 100 breast – 1:04.55

Even with just under two years of club swimming still to go before suiting up for the Lady Vols in the fall of 2021, Fuller will add valuable depth to their backstroke group led by Bailey Grinter and Danika Katzer. Her best times are already on the brink of scoring range at the SEC Championships as it took a 53.86/1:56.25 to final in the 100/200 back last season, and she has seen time drops each season.

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Lynn Newingham
4 years ago


Hope Dinelli Wallin
4 years ago

Yay Josephine!

Christine Kolle Shepard

So proud of you Josephine!

Heidi Haig
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