#10 Recruit Nora McCullagh from SwimMAC Verbally Commits to Texas

The Texas Longhorns have picked up another major recruit in the class of 2015, earning a verbal commitment on Thursday from SwimMAC Carolina’s Nora McCullaghthe 10th-ranked recruit in the class of 2015.

That leaves just a single top-10 swimmer, #2 Abbey Weitzeil, uncommitted.

McCullagh is good in a great number of races, and could impact the Longhorns almost anywhere, but specifically she’s the lock-down sprinter that the team really needs going into the future.

McCullagh’s lifetime bests in yards:

  • 50 free – 22.69
  • 100 free – 49.07
  • 200 free – 1:46.22
  • 500 free – 4:52.66
  • 100 back – 53.59
  • 200 back – 1:57.30
  • 100 breast – 1:06.23
  • 200 breast – 2:29.31
  • 100 fly – 54.37
  • 200 fly – 1:59.51

McCullagh will join fellow Junior National Teamers Remedy Rule, Quinn Carrozza, and breaststroker Olivia Anderson, Carol Capitani has filled all of her immediate recruiting needs for the future, and really has earned verbals from a full NCAA-worthy medley relay in that quartet alone.

With the graduation of Ellen Lobb, Sam Tucker, and Lily Moldenhauer after last season, the program’s three-best 50 freestylers, McCullagh and freshman Mimi Schneider are the two front-runners to anchor Texas’ medleys during the 2016 championship season.

While wearing the red, blue and black of the Charlotte Catholic Cougars, McCullagh won North Carolina 4A state titles in the 100 back and 50 free as a junior, breaking State Records in both events.

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Capitani has really had a great year recruiting. Impressed.


Way to go, Nora…congrats to you! Capitani has done a fine job with this year’s recruiting class. The Longhorns have a nice crop of talented swimmers to add to their roster next year. I thought Nora might end up at Georgia…spreads the wealth just a tad bit more.


Great choice Nora!

Texas has a decent developing program that’s well suited to your big talents! You will go far with them!

So I think it’s now between Stanford, USC or Arizona for the No.2 recruit.

My money’s on the Card for Weitzel’s commit. Can’t wait!


Swimnerd, you think USC and/or Arizona have enough scholarships still on the table? Each program already has 10 verbals. Seems like it might be tough to have enough for what Weitzeil is worth, I’m thinking. As for Stanford, that would be one amazing class after last year… I’m thinking Cal might still be in the mix – they only have 3 verbals and probably have room to spare. I think she’d do well at any of those 4, actually. Arizona has had great success, with L Jackson and of course M Geer (one of my favorite sprinters to watch). USC has done well recently with K Carlson, which was nice to see her development in sprint free. Stanford has amazing… Read more »

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