Meaghan Raab, who we ranked as the #7 recruit in the class of 2014, has verbally committed to the Georgia Bulldogs. That makes her the second top 10 recruit (along with #3 Kylie Stewart) and 3rd top-20 recruit (adding Megan Kingsley) for the Georgia women this fall.
Raab was the Winter Junior National Champion in the 200 yard free in December of 2012; and the Hershey, Pennsylvania high schooler (by way of Knoxville, Tennessee) is both a very good freestyler, with a touch of versatility to boot.
In the 50-200 yard freestyles, her best times are 23.15, 49.01, and 1:45.10. She’s also been 55.1 in the 100 yard back, 53.7 in the 100 yard fly, 2:00.7 in the 200 yard fly, and 1:57.86 in the 200 yard IM.
Thinking back to the really great Georgia women of the last few years, this is sort of exactly how they’re built: great 200 freestylers, outstanding 100 freestylers, solid 50 freestylers, and good enough in everything else to make them worthy consideration for college swimming, at least. Allison Schmitt (butterflies as alternates), Megan Romano (backstrokes as alternates), Morgan Scroggy (200 IM as alternate), and Shannon Vreeland (200 back/200 IM) are the biggest examples. This is exactly the type of swimmer that Georgia has built their defending NCAA Championship program on.
Heck, she just kind of looks like the Georgia girls physically.
It’s hard to ever project how high school stars will turn into college swimmers, especially on the women’s side, but Raab’s fit at Georgia seems to be so perfect, that it should have been predictable.