Sectional Champion Sophia Kudryashova Sends Verbal Commitment to UNC Tar Heels

Photo Courtesy: Sophia Kudryashova (Instagram)

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Sophia Kudryashova has verbally committed to swim for UNC Chapel Hill beginning in the fall of 2019. Kudryashova hails from New Providence, New Jersey where she is a junior at New Providence High School.

Primarily a freestyler, Kudryashova trains with Berkeley Aquatic Club. Her best SCY times include:

  • 50 Freestyle 23.60
  • 100 Freestyle 50.23
  • 200 Freestyle 1:47.47
  • 100 Fly 56.45

Kudryashova already got her long course season off to a great start, setting lifetime bests in the 50, 200, and 400 freestyles at Sectionals in Buffalo in March. She won the 200 free at that meet, was runner up in the 50 and placed third in the 100.

At the 2018 ACC Championships, Kurdyashova would have scored in the 200 freestyle C final. The Tar Heels scored just one swimmer in that event this year: junior Zhada Fields. UNC finished sixth in the 800 freestyle relay. Freshmen (who will be juniors when Kurdyashova moves south) Caroline Hauder (1:46.45) and Emma Cole (1:49.96) swam first and third on that relay.

She wrote of her decision,

“Very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill class of 2023! I’m so thankful for everyone who has helped me along the way! GO HEELS!!!”



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      Cathleen Pruden

      Whoops! That’s a pretty embarrassing mistake for somebody who grew up in NC! It is fixed now- thanks for the catch!

Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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