Riptide’s Katia Soudakova Will Stay In-State With 2020 Verbal to Minnesota

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Minnesota has earned an in-state verbal commitment for the fall of 2020 from Rosemount, Minn. native Katia Soudakova.

Soudakova, who owns a pair of Winter Nationals time standards, does her club swimming with Riptide and most recently competed at Greensboro Speedo Sectionals where she earned bronze in the 500 free. She finished 16th in the mile and 18th in the 500 free at Juniors West in December and capped off her long course season by taking third in the 800m free at Rochester Futures this past summer.

She told Swimming World:

“I am very grateful to be able to verbally commit to the University of Minnesota. They offer me everything I look for academically, and of course athletically. I am excited to see what the future as a Gopher has in store for me!”

Her best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:49.27
  • 500 free – 4:48.93
  • 1000 free – 10:27.26
  • 1650 free – 16:55.13

Soudakova will add valuable distance depth to the Gophers’ lineup when she arrives on campus as a member of the class of 2024 and will have a year of overlap with top returning distance swimmers Mackenzie Padington and Abbey Erwin. She would’ve scored in the C-final of the 500 free at the 2019 Big Ten Championships where Minnesota finished fourth overall in the team standings.

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