2021 US Open Finalist Ann Thompson Commits to Davidson College

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Ann Thompson, a 2021 US Open finalist, has announced her commitment to Davidson University in North Carolina for 2023-2024. Thompson is from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where she is a senior at Porter-Gaud School.

I chose Davidson because of the amazing team atmosphere and the endless academic opportunities. I knew I could be successful in and out of the pool, and knew that the team would be a second family to me. I felt truly welcomed every time I interacted with the team, and am excited to become a part of such an awesome program!

Thompson currently swims and trains with the South Carolina Swim Club in Mount Pleasant. At Porter-Gaud, she is a five-time South Carolina HS State champion in the 100 back, and two-time State champion in the 100 fly. She has also earned the honor of being named a Scholastic All-American.

Best Times SCY:

  • 100 back – 55.12
  • 200 back – 2:00.45
  • 100 fly – 58.66
  • 200 IM – 2:11.48

At the 2021 South Carolina Independent School Association’s State Championships, Thompson won both the 100 back and 100 fly. She was also a member of Porter-Gaud’s winning 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays.

In the 100 fly, she set a new personal best of 58.96, breaking 59 seconds for the first time. She has since lowered her record an additional .30 seconds, clocking a 58.66 in March.

In December of 2021, Thompson competed at the Toyota US Open. There, she swam the 100 LCM backstroke. She finished 21st in prelims, and moved up to 19th in finals with a 1:04.45. Her best time of 1:03.35 was set the previous July.

Davidson is a Division I program that competes in the Atlantic-10 conference. At the 2022 Conference Championships, they finished 5th out of 11 teams.

Thompson already owns best times that would qualify for the A-final at conference. In the 100 back, she would have finished 8th last year, coming in first for the Wildcats. Their top finisher placed 14th, and has since graduated. 

In the 200 back, Thompson would have been 15th. For Davidson, the highest finisher was then-junior Marissa Lassell coming in 15th with a 2:00.43. It is not likely that she and Thompson will overlap.

Joining Thompson as a 2023 recruit is Summer Jones from New York. Jones is primarily a sprint freestyler. She would have placed 43rd in the 50 at last season’s championships, coming in 7th for Davidson.

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John Hueth
3 months ago

Go Ann!