Virginia Starts 2023 Recruiting With Verbals From Cavan Gormsen, Maggie Schalow

Photo Courtesy: Matt Riley

NEW COMMITS: The University of Virginia has received their first two verbal commitments for the 2023-24 season from Wantag, New York native Cavan Gormsen and Maggie Schalow of Newport Beach, California.


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Photo Courtesy: Cavan Gormsen

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I am SO excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Virginia! I would like to give the biggest thank you to my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me throughout this whole process. I cannot wait to be a hoo!”

Gormsen, who trains with Long Island Aquatic Club, won the 800m free at the FINA World Cup stop in both Berlin and Budapest, also taking second in the 400m free at both locations. She also finished eighth in the 400m free at Olympic Trials Wave II and collected a pair of gold medals at the Speedo Summer East Championships this past summer.

Her best times include:

  • 1650 free – 15:58.97
  • 1000 free – 9:35.18
  • 500 free – 4:38.45
  • 200 free – 1:46.18
  • 100 free – 49.77

Currently a junior at Sacred Heart Academy, Gormsen most recently won the 200/500 free at the New York Federation Championships last month. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American also placed second and first, respectively, in those events as a freshman.


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Photo Courtesy: Maggie Schalow

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my athletic and academic career at the University of Virginia! A huge thanks to my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for all their endless support. I cannot wait to be a part of such an amazing team! GO HOOS!!”

Schalow does her club swimming with Irvine Novaquatics and placed sixth in the 100m fly and seventh in the 200m fly at the Speedo Summer West Championships. Back in the spring, she finaled in four events at the TYR 18&U Spring Cup in Irvine, including a 12th-place showing in the 100m free.

Her best times include:

  • 100 fly – 53.71
  • 200 fly – 1:58.78
  • 200 free – 1:47.99
  • 100 free – 50.43
  • 50 free – 23.56

Also competing for Corona del Mar High School, Schalow won the 100 fly and 200 free at the CIF Southern DII Section Championships as a sophomore.

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