14-time NCAA All-American Maddy Schaefer is no longer swimming for Stanford, the program’s head coach confirmed to SwimSwam on Sunday afternoon.
Schaefer, who is in her final year of eligibility, has earned All-American honors individually in the 50 and 100 frees in each of the last three seasons, in addition to 8 relay honors.
Her last meet with the Cardinal will go down as the Art Adamson Invitational in November, where Schaefer swam very well. Her 21.93 in the 50 free and 48.25 in the 100 free, which ranked her 4th and 11th, respectively, in the country so far.
Some combination of Julia Ama and Lindsey Engel are the logical replacements for Schaefer in the Stanford free relays in what is probably the best-equipped team in the country to take this kind of a loss.
The sprint freestyle specialist has four times in her Stanford career finished in the top 8 at the NCAA Championships individually. She was as high as 4th in the 50 free in 2013, and 6th in 2014 as a junior; and to that added an 8th-place finish in the 100 free in 2012 in her freshman season and a 7th-place finish in 2014.
Her three NCAA event titles have all come in relays, and all came last season, where she was a part of the winning 200 and 400 free relays.
In her three-and-a-half seasons with the Cardinal, Schaefer proved as a vital bridge in the Stanford sprint group between the Betsy Webb, Sam Woodward era, and the current Janet Hu, Simone Manuel, Lia Neal era, that has seen Stanford sustain as one of the best women’s sprint groups in the NCAA.
Even without adding what projected to be more awards during her senior season, Schaefer’s list of honors will leave her with a point of distinction even among a long legacy with the Cardinal program.