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Carmel, Indiana’s Berit Berglund, the #12 recruit on our Way Too Early list of top-20 girls from the high school class of 2023, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Texas for the class of 2027.
“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Texas! A huge thank you to my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me throughout this process and my entire swimming career! HOOK ‘EM HORNS🤘🏽🤠🧡🐂 #hookem”
Berglund is a junior at Carmel High School and swims year-round for Chris Plumb at Carmel Swim Club. She is just the latest in a long line of Carmel-to-Austin swimmers that has included, most recently, names like Claire Adams, Andrew Couchon, Drew Kibler, and Kelly Pash.
Berglund was a Wave II qualifier at Olympic Trials where she was a semi-finalist in the 100 back. Her prelims time of 1:00.96 moved her up to 17th all-time among 15-16 girls in the United States. Also during the 2021 long course season, she improved her times in the 50/100/200 free (26.97/56.54/2:04.86) and 200 back (2:15.65). In SCY, she notched PBs in the 50/100 back and 100 free during her sophomore year high school season last February. She won the 100 back (52.09) and placed 4th in the 100 free (50.15) at the Indiana High School Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships. She also led off the winning 200 medley relay (24.50) and swam a leg (49.99) on the first-place 400 free relay, all of which contributed to Carmel’s 35th-straight, and 36th-ever, IHSAA title.
Top SCY times:
- 50 back – 24.54
- 100 back – 52.09
- 200 back – 1:57.98
- 50 free – 23.87
- 100 free – 50.15
- 200 free – 1:48.72
Berglund is the top 100-backstroker in the class of 2023 and her 52.0 would have scored at 2021 NCAA Division I Championships. She improved her time by 1.4 seconds in the 100 back and almost 2 seconds in the 200 back last year. She also dropped over a second in her 100 free. In July, USA Swimming named her to the National Junior Team that will represent the U.S. at the third and fourth legs of the 2021 FINA Swimming World Cup this fall.
Berglund would have ranked third on the Longhorns’ depth chart in the 100 back last year after Olivia Bray (51.04) and Julia Cook (51.14). Cook is a senior this year but Berglund will overlap one year with Bray.
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