Utah Lands First Class of 2026 Verbal from Junior National Qualifier Katelyn Buono

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Photo Courtesy: Katelyn Buono

NEW COMMIT: The University of Utah has received their first verbal commitment for the 2022-23 season and beyond from Junior National qualifier Katelyn Buono of Sparks, Nevada.

She told Swimming World:

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Utah! I am beyond grateful for all the support from my family, friends, and coaches. Can’t wait to be a Ute!️🤍”

A talented backstroker and IMer, Buono trains year-round with Reno Aquatic Club and picked up three best times at St. George Sectionals last month where she earned bronze in both the 100/200 back. She was the 200 back runner-up at Far Westerns in 2019 and finaled in three events at Western Zone Seniors that summer as well.

Her best times include:

  • 50 back – 27.32
  • 100 back – 55.81
  • 200 back – 2:00.12
  • 200 IM – 2:05.92
  • 400 IM – 4:24.27

Buono is currently a junior at Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology but competes for Spanish Springs High School. She placed third in the 100 back and fourth in the 200 IM as a sophomore at the Nevada 3A/4A State Championships.

Buono will add valuable backstroke and IM depth when she arrives on campus as a member of the Utes’ Class of 2026. She would’ve been No. 2 in the 400 IM and their fourth-fastest 200 backstroker last season.

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

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