Virginia Snags Another 2022 Verbal from Illinois State Record Holder Carly Novelline

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Virginia has added another big name to their growing Class of 2026 from sprinter and Olympic Trials qualifier Carly Novelline of Wilmette, Ill.

She will join Emma Weber, Sophia Knapp, Izzy Bradley, Claire Tuggle and Zoe Skirboll as a member of the Cavaliers’ class of 2026.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and athletic career at the University of Virginia!! I want to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for all of their support throughout this process. GO HOOS #wahoowa”

Novelline does her club swimming with NASA Wildcat Aquatics and owns the Trials cuts in the 50m/100m free with several additional U.S. Open standards. She most recently collected three gold medals at Illinois Seniors after finaling in the 50m/100m free at the TYR Pro Swim Series – Knoxville.

In summer 2019, she swept the 50m/100m/200m free at Illinois LCM Seniors before going on to raced three events at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

Her best times include:

  • 50 free – 22.46
  • 100 free – 48.82
  • 200 free – 1:48.33
  • 50 back – 24.89
  • 100 back – 53.39
  • 200 back – 1:57.87
  • 100 fly – 55.64
  • 200 IM – 2:01.38
  • 400 IM – 4:21.73

Currently a junior at New Trier High School, Novelline is already a four-time individual Illinois State Championship finalist. She won the 100 back and was the runner-up in the 100 free as a sophomore while taking third in the 100 free and fifth in the 50 free during her freshman season. 

In 2019, she led off her team’s 4×50 medley relay in 24.89 that went on to break the state record with a final time of 1:40.43.

Novelline will make an immediate impact when she suits up for the Cavaliers and will be adding her talents to one of the top sprint groups in the nation come fall 2022. She would’ve scored in the B-final of the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 back as well as placed in the C-final of the 200 back and 200 free at last year’s conference meet.

Under head coach Todd DeSorbo, Virginia dominated the ACC Championships last season. The Cavaliers placed sixth at the 2019 NCAA Championships and were seeded to win the national title in 2020 before the meet was canceled due the coronavirus pandemic.

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