#16 National Recruit Lucie Nordmann Chooses Stanford

Lucie Nordmann, the 16th-ranked recruit in the high school class of 2018,  has verbally committed to Stanford. Nordmann swims for the Magnolia Aquatic Club and the Woodlands High School in the northern suburbs of Houston.

Nordmann, who swims at the club where her dad Michael is the Head Age Group Coach, won the 50 free and 100 backstroke at last year’s Texas 6A (big school) State Championship meet. Her 52.48 in the 100 back set a new State Record and won by more than a second.

She was also on a pair of title-winning relays at that meet – leading off the 200 medley relay in a 24.77 backstroke split, and the 400 free relay in a 48.85 100 free. That 400 free relay was anchored by her little sister Lillian, who was just a freshman (and still went 49.35).

Lucie’s best times in yards/long course meters:

  • 50 free – 22.68/25.69
  • 100 free – 48.85/55.15
  • 200 free – 1:49.31/2:00.01
  • 500/400m free – 4:53.35/4:22.99
  • 100 back – 52.48/1:00.16
  • 200 back 1:54.08/2:09.40
  • 100 fly – 54.93/59.90

In long course, Nordmann was the 2016 Summer Junior National Champion in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke, which came after winning the same two titles in short course at that year’s NCSA Spring Junior Nationals. She swam in the B-Finals of both the 100 back and 200 back at the 2017 World Championship Trials. In the 100, she finished 14th overall, while in the 200, she won the B-Final for 9th place overall (albeit with the 5th-best finals time).

Her 1:00.16 is the 5th-fastest ever by a 15-16 in long course (behind a star-studded list of Regan Smith, Missy Franklin, Rachel Bootsma, and Liz Pelton). Her 200 backstroke ranks her 6th on the U.S. 15-16 rankings in long course.

While incredible year-over-year recruiting has left Stanford without many holes, she becomes the favorite to take over the medley relay leadoff next fall when Stanford graduates its three best 100 backstrokers: American Record holder Ally Howe, Janet Hu, and Lindsey Engel. Nordmann willl be in contention for spots on at least all 4 short relays as a freshman.

Also chosing Stanford in this class so far is #2 recruit Taylor Ruck, #3 recruit Zoe Bartel, #9 recruit Allie Raab, #15 recruit Amalie Fackenthal, and Anya Goeders. In that regard, it will be virtually impossible for the Cardinal to be knocked out of the top spot when our annual Class of 2018 team recruiting rankings are released.

 

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PsychoDad
5 years ago

Congratulations, Michael. You daughters are great kids and great swimmers. Since Nordmann’s left Woodlands, Woodlands is not competitive anymore at TAGS. See you at 2018 SCY TAGS at Woodlands. Nobody does State Age Group Champs like Woodlands. Great place to watch fastest 14&U in Texas.

Texas Swim Watcher
Reply to  PsychoDad
5 years ago

Great family, who belong to a great club with great coaches and swimmers. Magnolia Aquatic Club is the real deal

ADSF
5 years ago

Congratulations Lucie! Welcome to the Farm!

It is amazing how talented and accomplised these young women are to be successful in the pool as well as in the classrooms. Keep it up.

NM Coach
5 years ago

Lucie trains with Scott MacFarland. Hey Nordmann…what’s your ACT score???? 😉

CraigH
Reply to  NM Coach
5 years ago

I notice people always bring up ACT scores in these recruiting threads. Has the ACT really surpassed the SAT as the more generally accepted test by colleges?

Reply to  CraigH
5 years ago

It’s been awhile since I was involved in this process, but even back in my day, I found most schools seemed more interested in ACT scores outside of the Ivies and some other East Coast schools.

NM Coach
Reply to  CraigH
5 years ago

That piece is an inside joke between she and I…

completelyconquered
Reply to  NM Coach
5 years ago

Really glad you chose to comment about it on a public website.

SwimGuy
5 years ago

Story should say she’s in the Class of 2018, unless she’s already at Stanford now.

Dee
5 years ago

I mean, I don’t know much about yards, but that 200fr conversion looks off… 2.00.0 LCM is surely nearer 1.45 than 1.50 SCY?

Dee
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Just seen it isn’t a conversion; How long ago did she last swim a 200fr SCY if her best is a 1.49??

Uberfan
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

When she was 14, her long course 200 is from this year

Joe
5 years ago

Come on Stanford leave some for everyone else

ct swim fan
Reply to  Joe
5 years ago

If this keeps up, they will be leaving an NCAA top 10 team home when the actual meet occurs.

CHEEZ
Reply to  ct swim fan
5 years ago

Yep!

Uberfan
5 years ago

Great pick up, I disagree with her being the top pick for backstroke, Ruck went a 59.23 LC at junior worlds

urahrah
5 years ago

And the rich get richer.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  urahrah
5 years ago

The 1%

hambone
Reply to  urahrah
5 years ago

It’s a UConn women’s basketball situation – not as interesting when the outcome is 90% certain

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