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High school junior Cecilia Porter of Signal Mountain High School and the Baylor Swim Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee has verbally committed to the Florida Gators. Primarily a breaststroker, Porter finished 2nd in the 50 breaststroke (27.66) and 3rd in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.58) at the 2019 NCSA Junior National Championships. She was also the runner-up at the Tennessee High School State Championship meet in her junior season in the 100 breaststroke.
The 8 fastest times of her career in the 100 yard breaststroke all came during her junior season, where she knocked over 3 seconds off her previous best time of 1:03.9. That’s after a more modest 4-tenths drop during her sophomore season.
Her 200 made even bigger leaps during her junior season: she knocked 7.1 seconds off her previous best of 2:20.4.
Even early into the 2019 long course season, she’s already taken over a second from her best time in the 100 breast in long course as well.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 24.18
- 100 free – 53.83
- 100 breast – 1:00.58
- 200 breast – 2:13.36
- 200 IM – 2:04.49
- 400 IM – 4:34.99
The Baylor Swim Club has a long history of sending alumni to the University of Florida, including most recently Trey Freeman: a 2018-2019 freshman All-American for the Gators. He is one of 6 program alumnus that the club lists as having matriculated to Florida.
Florida, under its new coaching staff led by Jeff Poppell, is emerging as a breaststroke destination. Last season, Gators freshman Vanessa Pearl ranked 2nd in the SEC among freshman in 100 breaststroke and 1st in the 200 (59.9/2:08.0). While Florida has had some success in its history in the b breaststrokes (Hilda Luthersdottir is the highlight), the stroke has generally not been a program highlight to the extent of other Gator groups.
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