#4 Morgan Tankersley Announces Verbal Commitment to Stanford

Tampa, Florida’s Morgan Tankersley, our #4 recruit in the high school class of 2018, has made it official: she intends to swim for Stanford University in the fall. In an embarrassment of riches, the Cardinal now boasts 4 of the SwimSwam Top 10 and 6 of our Top 20. Verbal commits to the class of 2022 are: #2 Taylor Ruck, #3 Zoe Bartel, #4 Tankersley, #9 Allie Raab, #15 Amalie Fackenthal, #16 Lucie Nordmann, and Anya Goeders.

Tankersley swims for H.B. Plant High School and Greater Tampa Swimming Association, and is the top full-range freestyler in the class. She can compete with the best of them in the low and high ends of the range, but is at her best in the 200-500 freestyles where her current times would already score at NCAAs.

At 2016 FHSAA Class 4A Championship last November, Tankersley broke the Florida high school state records in the 200 free (1:44.31), 500 free (4:37.60), and 100 free (48.69) while leading off the Plant 400 free relay in prelims. In club swimming this spring and summer she swam the 1650/1500 free for the first time in years, and dropped 45 seconds in each. Perhaps this portends well for a Day Three event at NCAAS…

Best Times:

  • 500 free – 4:37.60
  • 200 free – 1:44.31
  • 100 free – 48.69
  • 50 free – 22.60
  • 1650 free – 16:27.61

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told ya all the best wanna come here
game over everybodys ? ? ?


You’re getting a lot of hate for your boisterous comments but it really is game over, Stanford will dominate for 6 years straight at least

Pac-12 Fan

Can totally understand the unbridled enthusiasm over this amazing building of a swim juggernaut dynasty! But honestly not a fan of posts that talk up a school while trying to demean or put down the competition. Anyway here are the points scored by Stanford at last year’s NCAAs, along with their potential scoring at 2019 NCAAs. Disclaimer: just my quick, roughshod take on 2019. Didn’t actually attempt to predict the scoring for each individual Stanford swimmer vs. their competition. Also see notes below. EVENTS……2019….2017 500 Free……24…..35 200 IM……..24…..24 50 Free…….24…..29 400 IM……..24…..26 100 Fly…….24…..13 200 Free……24…..45.5 100 Breast….24……0 100 Back……24…..29 1650 Free…..24…..51 200 Back……24……2 100 Free……24…..35 200 Breast….24……4 200 Fly…….24…..20 *Ind Pts…..312….313.5* 800 Free……34…..40 200 Free……34…..34 400 Medley….34…..40 200 Medley….34…..32… Read more »


You must be a billionaire because of your winnings from being able to predict the future based on current facts. I wish it were that easy . . . kudos to Stanford for phenomenal class— now coaching, talent, work ethic, etc will decide who goes to NCAAs and who wins etc none of this b.s. that implies we might as well not abandon championship swimming because the future for the next 5 years is already written


Do these girls realize that they’re NCAA squad is going to be so competitive to get on? It’s hard enough to get a cut, but now they have to fight for a spot to even go since they can only bring a set number of people.


I am guessing that’s part of the attraction for most of these girl commits……..the healthy/cut throat competition within daily training. Remember, this is competitive swimming. Wouldn’t you rather lose to a teammate over someone on another team?


It would be nice to swim at NCAAs when you’re a swimmer of that caliber though

He Gets It Done Again

Maybe some recruits will consider that, but this girl goes 1:44 200 free in high school… she’s going to NCAAs.


Idk about that…even if she drops a second, Stanford will still have 6+ girls that can go faster

He Gets It Done Again

Her best time as a junior in HS is more than a second faster than what it took to make the 200 free individually last year (1:44.3 vs 1:45.4). And they definitely don’t have 6 girls faster than her… who are you thinking of? They have only 3 returning swimmers faster who went faster than 1:44.3 last year: Ledecky, Manuel, and Drabot. Yeah they can use Eastin for the relay (1:41.8 split), but Manuel and maybe even Ledecky will only be around for Tankerley’s freshman year. My point is… I really don’t think she thought much about being left off of Stanford’s NCAA squad when she was making her college decision.


She is already fast enough to score individually in two events, (200 free and 500 free) so she doesn’t need to be on the 800 free relay to go to NCAAs and will likely make the NCAA team even with some competition since she has a higher scoring potential than all of the 2018 recruits except Bartel and Ruck and all of the 2017 recruits except Ford.


well, here’s a sample of the team that will swim at 2019 ncaas:
FR: ruck, bartel, tankersley, raab, fackenthal, nordmann
SO: forde, kukurugya, pitzer, zhao, volpenhein
JR: ledecky, drabot, byrnes, szekely
SR: manuel, eastin, stevens
which would leave these swimmers behind:
FR: goeders
SO: green, glavinovich
JR: boyd, stenstrom, voss
SR: williams

plus there would be no divers so…

Bay swimmer

That’s already two too many not including the fact that they have world class divers in that same capped number


the max is actually 18


Considering the depth on this team you have to be able score to make the NCAA squad. I don’t think Zhao would make the team over Williams, who is actually faster than her in breaststroke right now and could probably score in the 200 IM if she swam it (she didn’t last year because she wanted to be fresh for the relays but with Bartel that wouldn’t be a problem). I’m also not convinced that all of the sprinters you mentioned would make it to NCAAs considering that they may not get relay spots so they would have to be fast enough to score individually.


it was an example, not a definite list of who goes and who doesn’t


Yeah I bet they also realize I’m going to go to Stanford one of the best schools in the world and there is almost no money in continuing my swimming career after college


Think it is 18 swimmers or
17 swimmers and 2 divers,
16 swimmers and 4 divers etc…


That is a perfect expression “an embarrassment of riches”!! 🙂

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