Texas Longhorns Snare National Champion Claire Adams

Claire Adams
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National champion Claire Adams made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Texas next fall, taking her strong backstroke talents to Austin.

Adams made a big breakthrough this past summer at the USA Swimming nationals, winning the 100 and 200 backstrokes in San Antonio. Her 100 back stood out, as it broke the junior world record with a 59.58. That made her the ninth-fastest swimmer in the world in 2015, and third among Americans. Adams was a member of Team USA at the junior world championships, where she claimed a silver medal in the 100 backstroke.

Adams is a part of the Carmel Swim Club, where she helped the team win the past two Swimming World Magazine national high school team titles. She was on the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay squads that set national high school records at last February’s Indiana state championships.

Though Adams made big strides this summer in the long course pool, she also has the potential to make a big impact for the Longhorns in short course. Her best time of 1:51.87 in the 200 back could put her in the top eight at the NCAA championships, while her best time of 51.99 in the 100 back would just miss the top eight. Adams might be looked on to swim both backstrokes in championship meets for the Longhorns, but could contribute greatly on freestyle relays as well.


  1. Amy Smith White

    She was our neighbor when they lived in Houston. Awesome.

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    Antonio Tapper

    Sounds like good news for the Longhorns but can anyone explain this phrase “verbal commitment” that they always use?
    I mean if she’s decided to go there why doesn’t she just sign a contract and say “I’ve signed a contract”?

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      Because the contract period doesn’t begin until November 11th. So, she can only give a verbal commitment at this time. The early signing period is from Nov 11 to Nov 18th in which athletes can sign their national letter of intent to attend the college they have chosen.