World Juniors Medalist Hanna Henderson Verbally Commits to Southern Cal For Fall of 2020

Hanna Henderson at the 2019 FINA World Juniors representing Canada. Photo Courtesy: Swimming Canada/Ian MacNicol

NEW COMMIT: The USC Trojans got a little stronger this week with a huge verbal from Canadian national junior team member Hanna Henderson, who announced she will join the team this coming school year. Henderson is a talented sprinter from Ontario, who swam at the World Junior Championships and won three bronze medals on relays.

She swam butterfly on Canada’s medley relay, splitting a 59.16, and also anchored the mixed free relay with a 54.42. Henderson also swam on the prelims relay for the 4×200 freestyle team. In individual events in Budapest, she was fourth in the 100 fly (59.06), sixth in the 50 free (25.33) and 10th in the 100 free (55.47).

Hanna Henderson will be a huge addition to the Trojans across butterfly, backstroke and freestyle and will be valuable on all five relays. She will be reuniting with fellow Canadian national junior team member Jade Hannah in Los Angeles this fall. USC will be losing three of its eight NCAA qualifiers from this season including NCAA record holder Louise Hansson as well as Catherine Sanchez and Tatum Wade.

Southern Cal will be starting a new era this coming season with new head coach Jeremy Kipp and will be welcoming a stacked freshman class to Los Angeles this fall. Three of its incoming freshmen swam at the World Juniors this past summer, and all of them won medals. Add in Olympic redshirt Erica Sullivan, who swam at the 2017 World Juniors and the 2019 Worlds in Open Water, and USC has a young core that will start a foundation under Kipp.

Henderson will be joining a freshman class with:

Hanna Henderson’s Times (LCM)

  • 50 free:  25.33
  • 100 free: 55.47
  • 200 free: 2:03.75
  • 100 back: 1:01.13
  • 100 fly: 59.06