#3 from Class of 2021 Grace Sheble Gives Verbal Commitment to NC State

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16-year-old Grace Sheble of North Chesterfield, Virginia has announced on social media that she has verbally committed to North Carolina State University for 2021-22. A junior at James River High School who swims year-round for NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Sheble is the #3 recruit on our Way Too Early girls’ rankings from the high school class of 2021.

Sheble is a huge out-of-state get for the Wolfpack. She excels at a wide range of events in the 200-to-500-yard range and tops the class of 2021 in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly. Her times are already fast enough to score at NCAAs in the 400 IM and 200 fly and she’s only half a second off in the 200 IM (it took 1:56.52 to get a second swim at 2019 NCAA Division I Championships).

Sheble is a member of the USA Swimming Women’s National Junior Team. She competed at 2019 World Junior Championships in the 200m IM and 400m IM, finishing 5th and 7th with 2:13.97 and 4:45.41 (4:44.34 in prelims), respectively. Prior to that, she also competed at 2019 Phillips 66 Nationals and 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals in Stanford, California. At Nationals she placed 16th in the 200 fly (2:11.63), 15th in the 200 IM (2:15.84), and 16th in the 400 IM (4:47.70). The following week at Juniors, she came in 4th in the 200 fly (2:11.62, 2:11.50 in prelims).

NC State women won the 2019 ACC Championships by 71 points over UVA. UVA and NC State pulled in the #3 and #4 recruiting classes this year and will be battling for the conference title (with aspirations for the NCAA crown) for years to come. Sheble will add heft to the Wolfpack’s individual and relay prospects beginning in the fall of 2021.

“I am so honored and excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at NC State University!! Thank you to my friends, family, coaches, and everyone else that has helped me get to where I am today! I can’t wait to be a part of the pack! 🐺♦️”

Best SCY Times:

  • 400 IM – 4:06.35
  • 200 IM – 1:57.00
  • 200 fly – 1:54.84
  • 1000 free – 10:02.59
  • 500 free – 4:45.26
  • 200 free – 1:46.88
  • 100 free – 50.61
  • 200 breast – 2:15.32
  • 100 breast – 1:01.75
  • 200 back – 1:58.44


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Lane 8
3 years ago

Great choice! Good luck!

3 years ago

Oh Boy NCSU is gonna be great!

Reply to  Snarky
3 years ago

More appropriately should be “Oh girl NCSU is gonna be great!”

3 years ago

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY. Why are these kids signing so early? It will be almost 2 FULL YEARS before they attend classes, and 2 1/2 years before they swim a meaningful championship meet. WHY are they insisting on signing? Because they can? Because “the money will go away”? Because they “know where they want to go”. Because everybody else is? I honestly think the coaches should be ashamed. I know, I know, if they don’t force them to commit early then another school will. So it only takes one coach pushing pushing pushing early signing (and yes I know this isn’t “early”, especially compared to other sports) and everybody feels like they have to keep up.

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Reply to  WHY WHY WHY
3 years ago

Because the money will go away. Teams have limited scholarship spots and coaches want to sign athletes as soon as possible. I agree that it is early, and I don’t think it’s good for swimmers or coaches or anyone really. But there are legitimate reasons and most of them involve money

Reply to  WHY WHY WHY
3 years ago

Totally agree with you. But I won’t blame this on the swimmers/their parents at all.
Men’s swim teams might get to share some (late-blooming) talents, so are high flying academic teams that couldn’t/wouldn’t allow swimmers to commit before their senior years might benefit from this as well.

ACC fan
3 years ago

Great Grace!

3 years ago


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Reply to  Swimmom
3 years ago

Pack! Welcome to the #PBG family, Grace.

3 years ago

ACC is definitely surpassing SEC swimming!

Reply to  Superfan
3 years ago

3 ACC teams finished higher than the highest ranked team in the SEC (Tennessee) at the 2019 NCAA women’s championships.

2 ACC teams finished ahead of Florida on the men’s side.

3 years ago

Uva’s Loss

3 years ago

Omg tea

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