#17 Sophie Duncan Sends Verbal Commitment to Stanford for Fall 2022

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Sophie Duncan from Bethesda, Maryland has announced her verbal commitment to the Stanford University class of 2026 where she will join fellow commits Gigi Johnson and Kirsti McEnroe.

“I am so excited and grateful to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Stanford University!! Thank you to everyone who has helped me over the past 17 years on my swimming and academic journey. I could not have done this without the love and support from my family, coaches, teammates, teachers, and friends. I can’t wait to continue my athletic and academic pursuits at the farm 🌲 ❤️ ! #fearthetree”

Duncan is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from Holton-Arms School in Bethesda. She swims year-round with Nation’s Capital Swim Club and competed in the 200/400 IM at Olympic Trials Wave II, placing 30th in each. In SCY, she is a sub-4:10/sub-2:00 IMer who has dropped about 5 seconds in the 400 since last spring. She is also strong in the 200 back, 200 fly, and 200/500/1650 free. Her range, as well as her 400 IM time that would already score at NCAAs (it took 4:09.81 to make it back to the B final at the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships), made her our #17 recruit from the high school class of 2022.

In high school swimming, Duncan was runner-up in both the 500 free (4:51.37) and 200 IM (2:00.43) as a sophomore at the 2020 Washington Metros, and in the 200 free (1:50.63) and 500 free (4:55.31) as a freshman in 2019.

Duncan would have been Stanford’s third-fastest 400 IM in the 2020-21 season behind Brooke Forde and Hannah Kukurugya, both of whom are graduating seniors. She will join Janelle Rudolph in the IM group and Isabel Gormley in distance freestyle. Duncan is not far off scoring at NCAAs in the 500 free (4:43.16) and has a little way to go in the 1650 free (16:13.59), 200 IM (it took 1:57.13), 200 back (1:53.67) and 200 fly (1:55.60).

Best Times:

  • 400 IM – 4:09.80
  • 200 IM – 1:59.56
  • 500 free – 4:45.74
  • 200 free – 1:48.79
  • 1650 free – 16:33.46
  • 1000 free – 9:49.76
  • 200 fly – 1:58.22
  • 200 back – 1:57.98

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mhm
3 months ago

stanford getting loaded

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  mhm
3 months ago

Yeah what’s up with that? Lately it seems like it’s the 12 Days of Stanford Verbal Commitments here on SwimSwam in the middle of the summer.
Ms. Duncan — I mean no offense. I wish you the best of luck in college and will most likely watch you swim during the Pac-12 season. I was just wondering where the other top Div I schools are.

Admin
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

Most of the other top D1 schools have already filled their 2022 classes. Stanford asks their athletes to wait until they get either an early admissions decision or some other indication that they’ll likely get accepted academically.

tnp101
3 months ago

Congratulations Sophie for your hard work! Welcome to the Farm!

Robert Major
3 months ago

Stanford announcements starting … There will be more. Congratulations, Sophie!

tnp101
Reply to  Robert Major
3 months ago

Who else are projected to be Stanford recruits?

Robert Major
Reply to  tnp101
3 months ago

My bet is on Curzan and Hook.

Wow
Reply to  Robert Major
3 months ago

I’d say Hook. Not Curzan. Surprising with Hook though, especially after what Greg’s done to some of our best 200Fly swimmers recently. Drabot 2:06–>2:10, Noordman 2:07–>2:11

Hswimmer
Reply to  Wow
3 months ago

I hope Hook goes somewhere like Texas or Florida.

Wow
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 months ago

I agree. Although I think she was originally between Texas, NC State, and Stanford. I just have a feeling she’s going to land at Stanford. Curzan hopefully UVA but I think she’s leaning NC State.

Last edited 3 months ago by Wow
Curious
Reply to  Wow
3 months ago

Is Cal no longer a consideration for these top swimmers ?

tnp101
Reply to  Wow
3 months ago

How about looking at how Drabot got to 2.06 before renting? She was training under Meehan. Would you give him the credit then?

Lilli Nordmann hasn’t enrolled yet at Stanford. So Meehan shouldn’t have been responsible for her time not dropping, no?

Wow
Reply to  tnp101
3 months ago

Tnp101- Of course he gets the 2:06 credit, but he also gets credit for the regressing. Nordmann has been training there for over a year now, just not enrolled yet. She went there a year ago just to train.

Last edited 3 months ago by Wow
Coach
Reply to  Wow
3 months ago

Wow is right. Lillie moved to Stanford last year.

Last edited 3 months ago by Coach
tnp101
Reply to  Robert Major
3 months ago

What about Bella Sims. She is #7 and remains uncommitted? Where is she leaning towards?

Hannah
Reply to  tnp101
3 months ago

She’s class of 2023. I think she’s #1 there.

swimmer
Reply to  tnp101
3 months ago

Bella sims is a rising junior

tnp101
Reply to  swimmer
3 months ago

My apology. Not Bella Sims. I meant Lucy Bell. She is #7 on SwimSwan list of Top 2022 recruits.

Wow
Reply to  tnp101
3 months ago

Word is Lucy Bell is heading to Stanford.

Apple Fritter
3 months ago

No Cal commits 😭😭😭?????

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