Penn Quakers Receive Verbal From Irvine’s Amanda Hsieh

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NEW COMMIT: California’s Amanda Hsieh will make the move to the East Coast next fall after giving her verbal to the University of Pennsylvania. She will join Camryn CarterMargot Kaczorowski, Bridget O’Leary, Lyndsey Reeve and Anna Feng as member of the class of 2023.

The Irvine, Calif. native swims year-round with Irvine Novaquatics under head coach Ken LaMont and has achieved four Winter Juniors standards. Hsieh had five top-8 performances this summer at CA MVN Junior Olympics which included a gold in the 100m free. She raced in five events at Juniors West last winter and was a 100 free finalist at Carlsbad Speedo Sectionals in March.

Hsieh also swims for Northwood High School where she is a six-time finalist at CIF Southern DI Section Championships. During her junior season, she was the runner-up in the 100 free and placed seventh in the 200 free. She has also earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors for her efforts.

She told Swimming World:

“I’m incredibly excited to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim at the University of Pennsylvania! I’m super grateful to everyone who supported me this far.  I can’t wait for the next four years! Go Quakers!”

Her best times include:

  • 200 fly – 2:03.20
  • 200 IM – 2:04.74
  • 400 IM – 4:20.33
  • 100 free – 51.14
  • 200 free – 1:50.15

Hsieh will add more depth to the Quakers’ freestyle group when she arrives on campus for the 2019-20 season and will have one year of overlap with top returning sprinters Biwen Yang, Grace Ferry and Meredith Newman. Her best 100 free, 200 free, 200 IM and 200 fly would’ve scored in the C-final at the 2018 Ivy League Championships.

*IVY LEAGUE DISCLAIMER:* A “verbal commitment” does not guarantee admission. An Ivy League coach cannot guarantee admission but can only commit support in the admissions process.

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