2021 Pac-12 runner-up and NCAA qualifier Sam Baron has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. The rising junior swam her first two seasons of collegiate eligibility at UCLA.
Baron is a native of Bellevue, Washington. She swam in high school for Newport High and the Bellevue Club Swim Team and was a two-time individual Washington High School State Champion (2018 – 200 IM, 2019 – 100 fly).
Baron continued her high school success into her freshman year at UCLA, where she finished 2nd in the 100 fly (51.65) and 4th in the 200 fly (1:56.77) at the Pac-12 Championships. She qualified for NCAAs where her best finish was 37th in the 100 fly. She finished the season as the 12th-ranked 100 butterflier in the country.
She didn’t match those results as a sophomore – placing 8th in the 100 and 200 fly at Pac-12s and missing NCAA Championship qualification.
Time Progression, Short Course Yards:
|High School||Freshman (NCAA Rank)||
Sophomore (NCAA Rank)
|100 fly||53.39||51.65 (12th)||52.50 (58th)|
|200 fly||1:57.97||1:55.66 (25th)||1:56.47 (53rd)|
|200 IM||1:59.80||1:59.74 (95th)||1:58.21 (74th)|
Baron’s best time in the 100 fly is both a Freshman Record and School Record at UCLA. She ranks #6 in program history in the 200 fly and #7 in program history in the 200 IM as well.
Baron declined to comment on her reasons for entering the portal or where she might go next.