Northwestern Lands 2022 Verbal Pledge from Junior National Finalist Hana Shimizu-Bowers

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NEW COMMIT: U.S. Open qualifier Hana Shimizu-Bowers of New York, N.Y. has announced her verbal commitment to Northwestern University beginning in the fall of 2022.

She will join Mackenzie Lanning and Riley Huddleston as a member of the Wildcats’ Class of 2026.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at Northwestern University! I want to thank everyone who made this possible by supporting me along the way. I can’t wait to be part of such an amazing team! Go Wildcats!! ??”

Shimizu-Bowers, who trains year-round with Badger Swim Club, posted four top-3 finishes at the 18&U Winter Championships last month after taking ninth in the 400m IM at the Richmond U.S. Open. Last winter, she was a six-time finalist at Metropolitan Seniors where her highest finish was a runner-up finish in the 400m IM.

In Summer 2019, she won the 400m free at Metropolitan LCM Seniors before going on to take fifth in that event as well as 12th in the 400m IM at Junior Nationals.

Her best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:49.92
  • 500 free – 4:48.94
  • 1000 free – 9:57.89
  • 1650 free – 16:46.12
  • 100 fly – 57.63
  • 200 fly – 1:58.63
  • 400 IM – 4:19.69

Currently a junior at The Brearley School, Shimizu-Bowers has earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors for her efforts in the pool and in the classroom.

Shimizu-Bowers will make a big impact when she suits up for the Wildcats in the fall of 2022 as she would’ve scored in the B-final of the 200 fly and the C-final of the 400 IM at the 2020 Big Ten Championships where the Wildcats finished fourth overall in the team standings.

Katie Robinson is currently in her first season as Northwestern’s head coach.

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