Adair Sand Switches Verbal Commitment to USC Trojans for 2020

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Adair Sand of Bolles School Sharks has de-committed from Arizona State University and has announced her new verbal commitment to the University of Southern California. Sand, a sprint freestyler and backstroker, verbally committed to ASU of the Pac-12 conference in November but has since made the switch. She’s a rising senior with Bolles and will join the Trojans in fall 2020.

“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim and the University of Southern California. Cannot wait to join the Trojan family!! #FIGHTON✌


  • 100y free – 49.68
  • 200y free – 1:48.93
  • 500y free – 4:55.71
  • 100y back – 55.53
  • 200y back – 1:59.25
  • 200y IM – 2:03.22
  • 400y IM – 4:20.20

Sand is pretty versatile, though her strength lies in midrange freestyle. Since she had originally committed to ASU, she’s improved her 200 free by over six-tenths of a second. Sand competed at the 2018 FHSAA 1A State Championships with Bolles, where she placed 3rd in the 100 free and 4th in the 100 back.

ASU’s sprint group took a hit this past season with Claire Fisch‘s transfer to Auburn, and she’s now developed into a 21.6/47.4 sprinter after a breakthrough year with Auburn. Sand would’ve been a solid sprint addition for them, but she’ll turn her attention instead to the USC Trojans.

The Trojans, also in the Pac-12 conference, will graduate elite sprinter Louise Hansson after next season, but Sand will get a season of overlap with Marta Ciesla and Jemma Schlicht, and two seasons with Laticia Transom. Ciesla, from Pine Crest in Florida, along with mid-season additions Schlict and Transom, will lead the sprinters post-Hansson.

Sand joins a strong class of 2024 for the Trojans. She’ll be teammates with #5 Kaitlyn Dobler, #19 Anicka Delgado, Andrea Santander, Caraline Baker, and Canada’s Jade Hannah.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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