55-Second Backstroker Abby Henderson Commits to Penn State (Class of 2020)

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Abby Henderson of the Penn Charter Aquatic Club and Council Rock High School North in Philadelphia has verbally committed to the Penn State Nittany Lions. She’s part of a surge of 2020 commits for the Penn State in the last few weeks that includes Catherine Stanford, Annie Walls, Mary Brinker, and Kylie Rydland.

I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Penn State University! I want to thank my coach Crystal (Keelan), my family, and teammates for supporting me along the way. Can’t wait to be a Nittany Lion!! #WEARE

Henderson is primarily a sprint freestyler and a backstroker who made big leaps during her junior season. For example, she dropped her 100 back time from 57.32 to 55.97 in the 2018-2019 season; and she dropped her time in the 200 back from 2:04.15 to 1:59.82. Her freestyle drops have been smaller, but still substantial.

Henderson’s Best Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 23.88
  • 100 free – 51.73
  • 200 free – 1:51.15
  • 100 back – 55.97
  • 200 back – 1:59.82
  • 200 IM – 2:03.43
  • 400 IM – 4:23.02

The Nittany Lions had a very young backstroke group last season: while their leader, Maddie Hart (53.19/1:55.78) will be a senior next season, the next 3 best in the 100 behind her were all freshmen.

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BGNole97
1 year ago

Lots of Penn State commits lately…any news on the new natatorium???

Andrea
Reply to  BGNole97
1 year ago

Unfortunately, a new nat is far off. It’ll be a while.

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