#2 in Class of 2022, National Teamer Charlotte Hook, Chooses Stanford

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USA Swimming National Team member Charlotte Hook has announced her verbal commitment to Stanford University’s class of 2026. The Raleigh, North Carolina native is #2 on SwimSwam’s list of the top 20 recruits from the high school class of 2022.

“I am so honored and excited to officially announce my commitment to further my academic and athletic career at Stanford University; it really is a dream come true! A huge thank you to all my coaches who have helped me reach this point and to my friends and family for their endless support. I can’t wait to be a part of such an amazing team and school!🌲❤️ #fearthetree”

Hook is a rising senior at Cary Academy. She swims year-round for TAC Titans and is one of the best all-around talents in the class of 2022. She has the leading 200 fly/200 IM times and is one of the top 200/500 freestylers, as well. She would have won the 200 fly and scored in the A finals of the other three events at 2021 Pac-12 Championships. But that’s not all. She also would have scored in the A finals of the 1650 free, 100/200 back, 100 fly, and 400 IM and the B finals of the 100/200 breast.

Best Times:

  • 200 fly – 1:52.72
  • 100 fly – 52.20
  • 200 IM – 1:54.79
  • 400 IM – 4:06.43
  • 200 free – 1:45.38
  • 500 free – 4:41.83
  • 100 back – 52.85
  • 200 back – 1:55.28
  • 1650 free – 16:27.38
  • 1000 free – 9:42.51
  • 100 free – 49.98
  • 50 free – 22.81
  • 100 breast – 1:01.59
  • 200 breast – 2:13.91

Hook earned her first Olympic Trials Wave II qualification in the 200 fly in the summer of 2019, originally at Pro Swim Series Indy, then later winning the B final at Summer Nationals after which she was selected to represent the United States at World Junior Championships. In Budapest, she picked up a bronze medal in the 200 fly, finishing behind fellow American and future Stanford teammate Lillie Nordmann and Hungarian Blanka Berecz.

Hook has had an outstanding LCM season this year. In April, she notched PBs in the 100 back (1:01.75), 200 back (2:14.21), 100 breast (1:13.76), and 200 breast (2:39.83) at TAC Titans LC Premier meet. At Trials Wave II, she came within .97 of making the U.S. Olympic Team in the 200 fly, coming in third with 2:07.92 behind Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith. She also finished 12th in semifinals of the 200 IM and 19th in prelims of the 100 fly. Just last week she updated her times in the 50/100/200 free at Huntsville Futures.

Hook should bring Stanford glory back in the 200 fly after a dearth of Cardinal finalists in that event at NCAAs since the graduation of Ella Eastin. Her best time would have scored second at 2021 NCAA Division I Championships. In addition, she would have been and A finalist in the 200 IM and 400 IM and a B finalist in the 200 free and 500 free.

Hook will join the Stanford class of 2026 with Gigi Johnson, Kayla Wilson (#15), Kirsti McEnroe, Lucy Bell (#7), Natalie Mannion, and Sophie Duncan (#17).

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1 year ago

Congratulations Charlotte
She will get a great education
She will meet terrific people
She will enjoy great facilities and weather
She will hopefully have a Stanford degree for her entire life.
She may or may not get faster. Current track record is she will not.

Banana Heat
Reply to  Mel
1 year ago

The last line was unnecessarily petty. Go ask your Mummy for more meatloaf, Mel.

Good luck to you, Charlotte. It’s your time to shine.

Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Hopefully all these young women going to Stanford will not move backwards in LCM and will keep improving to peak in 2024. I have some concerns but I wish all of them the best.

Curious George
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

How are people looking at a few months of results vs years of performance to make assumptions. Yes – Stanford swam “poorly” from trials to the games but still brought back more medals than most programs.

Other schools – ex UVA barely have any LC success outside of the last few months compared to other top programs like UGA/Florida etc.

Reply to  Curious George
1 year ago

12 medals for Stanford Women, 4 medal winners will swim for Stanford in March 2022. Womens Water Polo has 5 Cardinal, US is in Semis. Mens Water Polo has 4 at tokyo. Womens Swim overall, had 18 medals-Men picking up 12, before Trials I had roughly thought about 20 for US Women. Australiia, China and GB had some great performances, and a few other great stars like SS shook things up, got to the podium. Teenagers fit in very well, and are a big part of USA headlines, grimes, Jacoby, Smith, Huske, Weyant, Walsh, Sims Coach’s job is tough

Love to swim
1 year ago

She is AMAZING! Can do it all! Stanford is very lucky!

1 year ago

Stanford + UVA to everyone else:

“Hold our beers!”

1 year ago

It’s crazy how much recruiting has declined at UGA since the Chase incident. You’d think they would rack up big names like Charlotte, especially when you see how many swimmers Jack put on the Olympic team.

Reply to  Jim
1 year ago

But Jack is 70+ years old and can’t be on at UGA forever. I think student athletes realize his remaining time at UGA will be very limited, and therefore opt for other schools. Just a thought.

Reply to  Blairt
1 year ago

Hasn’t stopped men from committing to Texas when Eddie was supposed to retire

Big Cat
Reply to  Jim
1 year ago

What’s the Chase incident?

Reply to  Big Cat
1 year ago


Chase was the name that got out, there were a bunch of others involved as well.

Reply to  Jim
1 year ago

You think recruits really care about Jack trying to get Chase off the hook with a 1 credit class 7 years ago? This website is out of control.

Reply to  SCCOACH
1 year ago

Ever since that incident was reported, it seems the talent coming in has dipped. More so on the women’s side. It could be completely unrelated. Just an outsider point of view.

NC Fan
Reply to  Jim
1 year ago

Completely unrelated and not on the radar of 15 and 16 year olds going through the process. Jack’s rep is as a ‘grind it out’ old school coach and it’s worked well, but kids do like shiny and new. UVa is a great school with a shiny and new coach doing things a ‘modern’ way with great results. Tennessee has risen. NC State is doing great. Just a lot more options on the East Coast / South at the top tier that seem new and exciting. Not saying it’s right but The Dawgs seem more stale and don’t come across as having the untouchable Eddie culture that would overcome that.

1 year ago

A class act of a young woman. She’s a great swimmer and an even greater person. Congrats to Charlotte and Stanford!

1 year ago

Congrats to Charlotte!

Curzan next?

1 year ago

RIP her 200 Fly 🙁

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