After Initial ECU Verbal, Backstroker Katie Knorr Re-Routes to UNC-Wilmington

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Mecklenburg Swim Association’s Katie Knorr has changed her verbal commitment from East Carolina to UNC-Wilmington for next fall. Knorr’s change of plans comes after ECU shuttered its swimming & diving program in May; news of the program’s shutdown came just a few weeks after she had initially announced her ECU verbal.

I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim at UNCW. I’m thankful for all my coaches, family, friends and ECU coaches who have helped me get where I am now. Let’s go Seahawks!


  • 100 back – 58.42
  • 200 back – 2:00.66
  • 200 IM – 2:07.36
  • 400 IM – 4:25.46

Knorr touched third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 back at the 2020 North Carolina 1A/2A high school championships. At the 2020 North Carolina Senior Championships in February, Knorr was the 400 IM runner-up (4:26.33) and 200 back runner-up (2:00.66).

UNC-Wilmington finished sixth out of seven teams at the 2020 Colonial Athletic Association Championships. Rising sophomore Mary Grace Copeland led the team in backstroke last year (55.7/2:00.0), and Knorr would’ve been the team’s #2 200 backstroker last year behind Copeland. Knorr would’ve been the top 400 IM’er on the roster last year, too, and she has CAA A-final speed in both events already.

Knorr joins new head coach Bobby Guntoro’s first recruiting class. On the women’s side, she joins Reece Alexander, a 55.1 butterflier. Alexander is also in-state, and she, too, was initially committed to ECU.

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Ivan Lyall
1 year ago

Awesome! Keep up the good work and shoot for the moon!

1 year ago

So happy for her!

Reply to  swimfan210_
1 year ago

Glad she found a swim home after getting rug pulled out from under her.

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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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