22.6/49.5 Sprinter and IHSA Runner-Up McKenna Stone Verbals to Cal

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McKenna Stone, a junior at Metea Valley High School in the Chicago suburbs who trains club with Fox Valley Swim Team, has verbally committed to Cal for 2021.

“I am extremely excited to announce my commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of California, Berkeley! I want to thank all my teammates, coaches, teachers, and family that have helped me achieve this dream💙💛 Go bears!!🐻 #babybear


  • 50y free – 22.61
  • 100y free – 49.50
  • 200y free – 1:49.04
  • 500y free – 4:58.95
  • 100y breast – 1:03.15
  • 50y fly – 24.45
  • 100y fly – 54.16
  • 200y IM – 2:02.22
  • 50m free – 25.81
  • 100m free – 56.31
  • 200m free – 2:05.24
  • 100m fly – 1:01.24
  • 200m IM – 2:19.87

Stone is one of the best sprinters in the high school class of 2025. At the 2018 IHSA Girls State Championships, as a sophomore, Stone raced to second-place finishes in both the 50 and 100 free. In the 200 free relay, where Metea Valley touched second, she split 22.39 on the anchor leg, while she was 49.30 anchoring their runner-up 400 free relay.

This past summer, she secured an Olympic Trials cut in the 50 free in long course (25.81) and hit LCM lifetime bests in the 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, and 200 IM, too. Stone is looking very strong this high school season, as she’s already been 54-point twice in the 100 fly before sectionals or State (she leads Illinois’ high school rankings this season with a 54.50, not far from her best time). She’s also ranked third in the 50 free this year (23.69).

Cal is graduating one of the best sprinters in history, Abbey Weitzeil, after this season, along with key sprinter Maddie Murphy. Incoming freshman Isabelle Stadden is the best 50 freestyler heading to campus next fall at 22.71, while Nicole Oliva has been as fast as 49.95 in the 100, and Stone will bring important pure sprint speed to the Bears in the fall of 2021 (especially considering 2024 sprinter Gracie Felner recently changed verbal commitments from Cal to Alabama).

At the 2019 Pac-12 Championships, Stone would’ve made the 50 free B-final and the 100 free C-final with her lifetime bests.


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Hood Juan pablo
3 years ago

Fox has an insane amount of talented swimmers who come out of that program (ie, Kevin Cordes, and all the other high level D1 commits from the past 2 months)

Reply to  Hood Juan pablo
3 years ago

Dave Krotiak, their head coach, is arguably one of the best club coaches in Illinois, if not the United States. To build and maintain such a strong program from a single school district is nothing short of incredible. Kudos to the club and their athletes!

Reply to  alfonso__deter
3 years ago

and he’s leaving…

3 years ago

Congratulations! 💛💙🐻

3 years ago

Welcome to Bear Territory, McKenna!

Jen Johnson
3 years ago

Congrats McKenna!

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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