Notre Dame Scores Big 2021 Verbal from Two-Time Texas 5A State Champion Ana Herceg

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Photo Courtesy: Ana Herceg via CollegeSwimming

NEW COMMIT: The University of Notre Dame has scored a huge verbal commitment for the 2021-22 season and beyond from versatile Pflugerville, Texas native Ana Herceg who announced her decision via CollegeSwimming.

She will join Jess Geriane, Madeline MenkhausSophia KarrasMary Cate Pruitt and Maggie Graves as members of the Fighting Irish’s class of 2025.

Herceg swims year-round with Nitro Swimming and took 17th in the 200m back at the Toyota U.S. Open last month before going on to record three top-8 finishes at Juniors West. Last short course season, she finished eighth in the 200 back at 2018 Juniors West and earned bronze in that event at College Station Sectionals.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I’m excited to be announcing my verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame. I can’t wait to further my academic and swimming careers at this amazing school. I want to thank my family, coaches, and friends for getting me to the place I am today. GO IRISH!!”

Also competing for the Croatian Swimming Federation, Herceg raced six events at the 7th FINA World Junior Championships and competed in the 200m back at the 18th FINA World Championships. At the LEN European Junior Championships in July, she finished eighth in the 200m back.

A current junior at Weiss High School, Herceg is already a four-time UIL Texas 5A State Championship finalist. The two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American won the 200 free and was the 500 free runner-up during both her freshman and sophomore seasons.

In SCY, her best times include:

  • 100 free – 50.36
  • 200 free – 1:46.39
  • 500 free – 4:46.38
  • 100 back – 55.59
  • 200 back – 1:56.18
  • 400 IM – 4:20.42

In LCM, her best times include:

  • 50m free – 26.86
  • 100m free – 57.52
  • 200m free – 2:03.00
  • 400m free – 4:20.10
  • 100m back – 1:03.86
  • 200m back – 2:13.33 (Olympic Trials cut)
  • 200 IM – 2:20.82
  • 400m IM – 4:56.53

Even with 1.5 years of club swimming before suiting up for the Fighting Irish, Herceg will make an immediate impact in a range of events. She would’ve scored in the B-final of the 200 free and 500 free as well as the C-final of the 100 back, 200 back, and 400 IM at the 2019 ACC Championships where Notre Dame finished fourth overall in the team standings.

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Beth Kelly
Beth Kelly
4 years ago

Way to go, Ana!!!

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