U.S. Open Qualifier Yasemine Safargar Verbals to Pitt Panthers’ Class of 2026

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Pittsburgh has received another verbal commitment for the 2022-23 season and beyond from U.S. Open qualifier Yasemine Safargar of Saddle Brook, N.J.

She will join Kate Bailey, Angelina Messina and Claire Dafoe as a member of the Panthers’ Class of 2026.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of Pittsburgh! I am very grateful to my family, friends, and coaches for helping me through this process. I can’t wait to be part of such a great team.”

A talented IMer, Safargar trains year-round with Scarlet Aquatic Club and placed sixth in the 400m IM at Plantation Sectionals back in March. She also collected the gold medal in the 800m free at New Jersey Seniors last February.

In Summer 2019, she recorded seven top-15 finishes at Rutgers Sectionals before going on to sweep both IM events at the New Jersey LCM Junior Olympics.

Her best times include:

  • 200 IM – 2:05.90
  • 400 IM – 4:19.65
  • 500 free – 5:02.40
  • 200 back – 2:03.37
  • 200 breast – 2:21.85

Even with 1.5 years of club swimming still to go before suiting up for the Panthers in the fall of 2022, Safargar will add valuable depth individually in a number of different events. She would’ve been their fourth-fastest 400 IMer last season and would’ve placed in the C-final of that event at the 2020 ACC Championships.

Under head coach John Hargis, the Panthers finished 10th at last year’s conference meet and are bringing in a talented Class of 2025 that includes Emily AllyBeaux HoffmanSophie KnepperSydney AtkinsSydney RodriquezTess MockAvery McFadden, Jill Berger and Mia Sunseri.

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