1:01/2:13 Breaststroker Sarah Nicholls Verbally Commits to Fighting Irish

Sarah Nicholls, a senior at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Washington, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame for 2018-19.

“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame! I want to thank everyone, especially my club coaches David Dolphay and Bob Wood, for helping me through this process. I can’t wait to spend the next 4 years at Notre Dame! GO IRISH☘️”

As Spokane high schools do not have varsity swim teams, Nicholls only swims for her club team, Coeur D’Alene Area Swim Team. She became the first female swimmer in CAST’s 30-year history to qualify for United States Olympic Team Trials at 15 when she dropped 2 seconds to win the 100m breast with 1:11.09 at Federal Way Sectionals in March, 2016. Since then she has improved her short-course times, going 1:01.83 in the 100 breast and 2:13.27 in the 200 breast in the A finals at Federal Way Sectionals this past spring. She also earned new PBs in the 100 fly and 400 IM.

The two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Nicholls will suit up for the Fighting Irish with fellow class of 2022 verbal commits Bayley Stewart, Luciana Thomas, Madeline LaPorte, Sammie Eyolfson, and Sinead Eksteen.

Top SCY times:

  • 100 breast – 1:01.83
  • 200 breast – 2:13.27
  • 200 IM – 2:04.76
  • 400 IM – 4:26.66

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].


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David Berkoff
3 years ago

Wow. Another great pick up for Norte Dane. Congrats to Sarah, and to coaches Dave and Bob at CAST.

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