In a class of 2023 that already boasts out-of-state superstars Ella Nelson, Kate Douglass, and Katie Cronin, and in-state standouts Lexi Cuomo and Maddie Donohoe, the University of Virginia women’s swimming and diving team has managed to elicit a verbal commitment from homegrown talent Caroline Kulp. A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American from Roanoke, Kulp is the VHSL 5A record-holder in the 500 free (4:49.14), and the overall VHSL record-holder in the 200 free (1:48.57) individually, and the 200 free relay and 400 free relay with her teammates from Patrick Henry High School.
In her three high school seasons with the Patriots, Kulp has never lost an individual event. She won the 200/500 double three times, breaking both 5A records along the way. As a freshman in 2016 she won the 200 in 1:49.56, a 5A best by 2.6 seconds, and the 500 in 4:49.14, a whopping 7.7 seconds faster than the old 5A time. In 2017 she defended her 200 title with 1:49.81 and her 500 with 4:52.64. Her junior-year wins brought new records in the 200 (1:48.57) and 500 (4:49.14).
Swimming year-round for Virginia Gators, Kulp was a member of the three NAG Record-breaking relays at 2017 Dolfin ISCA Junior Championship Cup last March: 200 medley relay (she swam a 28.86 breast), 200 free relay (22.99), and 400 medley relay (49.57 anchor). At 2017 Winter Nationals, she was a B-finalist in the 200 fly and 500 free and a C-finalist in the 200 free.
- 1650 free – 16:24.45
- 1000 free – 9:47.72
- 500 free – 4:43.95
- 200 free – 1:47.85
- 400 IM – 4:17.93
- 200 IM – 2:00.84
- 200 fly – 1:58.10
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