Washington State Enters 2022 Recruiting Game with Verbal from South Africa’s Kirsten de Goede

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Photo Courtesy: Kirsten de Goede

NEW COMMIT: Washington State University has picked up their first early verbal commitment for the fall of 2022 from Kirsten de Goede of Durban, South Africa.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I am so excited to announce my verbal comittment to WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY!!! [sic] I am looking forward to joining the @wsucougarswim team in August of 2022, training under the dynamic Head Coach @coachmatt.leach. I will be able to train within word class facilities, pursuing my dreams of becoming a professional athlete and studying to become an actuary. Thank you so much to my coach @grahamhill196 and @iperform_global for helping me get to this point. I am beyond grateful for the years we have spent working hard and I cannot wait to continue the journey. I am so thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to what the future holds. GO COUGS!!!”

A talented sprinter, de Goede trains with Seagulls Swim Club and last competed at the Grand Prix Invitational in February where she finished third in the 50m/100m free and fourth in the 100m fly. She also recorded six top-5 finishes at the KZNA Premier Provincial Championships in December.

In LCM, her best times include:

  • 50m fly – 27.71
  • 100m fly – 1:03.58
  • 50m back – 30.04
  • 50m free – 26.54
  • 100m free – 57.48

In SCY, those times convert to:

  • 50 fly – 24.41
  • 100 fly – 56.39
  • 50 back – 26.13
  • 50 free – 23.38
  • 100 free – 50.81

At the South African National Aquatic Championships in April 2019, she finished seventh in the 50m back and 11th in the 50m fly. de Goede won both of those events as well as placed third in the 50m/100m free at the South African Junior National Championships in March 2019.

When she suits up for the Cougars as a member of the Class of 2026, de Goede will make an immediate impact both individually and on relays. She would’ve been their third-fastest 50 freestyler and fourth-fastest 100 freestyler/100 butterflyer last season. 

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