West Virginia Mountaineers Secure Pair of 2021 Verbals from Miranda Kirtley & Emily Knorr

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Photo Courtesy: Miranda Kirtley / Emily Knorr

NEW COMMITS: West Virginia University has opened up their class of 2025 recruiting with a pair of verbals from freestylers Miranda Kirtley of Daleville, Va. and Salisbury, N.C. native Emily Knorr.

Both swimmers will suit up for the Mountaineers at the start of the 2021-22 season.


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Photo Courtesy: Miranda Kirtley via CollegeSwimming

Kirtley, who swims year-round with Carter Center Aquatics, is primarily a mid-distance/distance freestyler who owns the Juniors standard in the mile. Last short course season, she finished fifth in the 1000 free and sixth in the mile at ISCA Junior Nationals and raced three events at Virginia LCM Seniors this past summer. Also competing for the Lord Botetourt School, Kirtley earned gold in both the 200/500 free during her sophomore season at the Virginia 3A State Championships.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I’m so excited and honored to officially announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at West Virginia University!! Thank you to everyone that has supported me along the way. I’m so excited to be part of such an amazing team! Let’s go Mountaineers”

Her best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:50.85
  • 500 free – 4:53.95
  • 1000 free – 10:04.78
  • 1650 free – 16:40.53
  • 400 IM – 4:30.34


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Photo Courtesy: Emily Knorr via CollegeSwimming

Also a talented mid-distance/distance freestyler, Knorr does her club swimming with Mecklenburg Swim Association and owns two Junior National standards. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American most recently placed 17th in the mile at Juniors East after taking fifth in that event at Greensboro Futures this past summer. A current junior at Salsibury High School, Knorr won the 500 free and was third in the 200 free as a sophomore while taking second and fifth, respectively, in those events during her rookie campaign.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim at West Virginia University. I would like to thank my coaches, friends and family who have helped me get to where I am today. I can’t wait to be a Mountaineer!”

Her best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:50.86
  • 500 free – 4:52.63
  • 1000 free – 10:10.95
  • 1650 free – 16:48.05

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