U.S. National Junior Teamer & World Juniors Finalist Grace Sheble Verbally Commits to NC State for 2021-22

Grace Sheble
Photo Courtesy: Grace Sheble Instagram (@grace.sheble)

NEW COMMIT: The NC State Wolfpack have landed their first verbal commitment for the 2021-22 season and it’s a big one: jack-of-all-trades Grace Sheble of North Chesterfield, Va.

Primarily an IMer, Sheble does her club swimming with Nova of Virginia Aquatics. She was named to the 2019-20 U.S. National Junior team for her strong performance at Phillips 66 Nationals this past summer where she placed 15th in the 200m IM and 16th in both the 200m fly and 400m IM. While representing Team USA at the 7th FINA World Junior Championships, she finished fifth in the 200m IM and seventh in the 400m IM.

At Juniors East last December, Sheble earned gold in the 400 IM and silver in the 200 fly while placing sixth in the 200 IM. She then went on to win both IMs and secure the runner-up spot in the 200 fly at NCSAs in March. Over the past two seasons, Sheble has earned 11 Virginia Senior Championship titles.

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A current junior at James River School, Sheble is a four-time Virginia 6A State Championship finalist. She placed second in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 breast as a sophomore after earning bronze in both of those events during her freshman season.

Her best times include:

  • 200 IM – 1:57.00
  • 400 IM – 4:06.35
  • 200 fly – 1:54.84
  • 100 breast – 1:01.75
  • 200 breast – 2:15.32
  • 200 back – 1:58.44
  • 200 free – 1:46.88
  • 500 free – 4:45.26

Sheble has already achieved three 2020 Olympic Trials cuts:

  • 200m fly – 2:11.50
  • 200m IM – 2:13.97
  • 400m IM – 4:44.34

Sheble will be a huge addition to the Wolfpack’s lineup when she arrives in Raleigh as a member of the class of 2025. Even with just under two years of club swimming still to go, she would’ve scored 9 points at the 2019 NCAA Championships after qualifying for the B-final in the 200 fly and 400 IM. She also would’ve scored in the A-final of several different events at the 2019 ACC Championships – versatility that will be extremely beneficial for the defending conference champions.

If you have a commitment to share, please send a photo and quote via email to hs@swimmingworld.com.

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