Team USA’s Lillie Nordmann to Defer Enrollment to Stanford Until 2021-22

Lillie Nordmann. Photo Courtesy: FINA / Budapest 2019

Lillie Nordmann has announced she will defer her enrollment to Stanford for a year.

Nordmann confirmed her decision with Swimming World. She is the second Stanford incoming freshman to make that decision, following world champion Regan Smith.

“After much thought and consideration I decided to defer enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year,” Nordmann told Swimming World. “Given the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of the upcoming season, I felt like this was the best decision. Hopefully this will allow me a full four years of training and competing for Stanford.”

The Cardinal have won three consecutive NCAA championships.

Nordmann will begin her college career during the 2021-22 season, which also gives her full focus on the 2021 Olympic trials.

She is a member of the U.S. national team after finishing 2019 with the fourth-fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly. She also swims the sprint freestyle events.

Nordmann trains at the Magnolia Aquatic Club where her father is the coach. Her sister Lucie also swims for Stanford and is set to begin her junior season in Palo Alto.

Lillie Nordmann broke the Texas state record in the 200 free to win the state championship as a senior at Conroe the Woodlands in February.

At the state meet, Nordmann dropped nearly six seconds from her seed time to finish in 1:43.62, crushing the Class 6A and overall state record of 1:44.64 set by Samantha Tucker of Austin Westlake in 2009.