After One Season at Indiana, Katrina Sommer Announces Transfer to UCLA

After one season with the Indiana Hoosiers, Villa Park, Calif., native Katrina Sommer has announced her transfer to UCLA. Moving much closer to home, Sommer should have three seasons of eligibility with the Bruins.

I am super excited to announce my decision to continue my academic and athletic career at UCLA!! 💙💛Go Bruins!!!


  • 50 free – 24.14
  • 100 free – 51.12
  • 100 back – 55.52 (56.13 pre-college)
  • 200 back – 1:59.08 (1:59.47 pre-college)
  • 100 breast – 1:05.57
  • 200 breast – 2:19.98
  • 100 fly – 56.75
  • 200 IM – 2:01.76 (2:02.75 pre-c0llege)

Sommer competed at the 2020 Big Ten Championships for Indiana, racing the 100 back (55.72), 200 back (1:59.08) and 200 IM (2:03.57). Her highest finish at the meet came in the 200 back, where she placed 32nd. She was Indiana’s #4 100 and 200 backstroker last season, and she was their second-best swimmer in the 200 back at Big Tens.

While with the Hoosiers, Sommer made improvements in both backstrokes and the 200 IM, all three of her primary events. She’s the second announced transfer from the IU women’s team from the class of 2023; sprinter Cora Dupre is transferring to Alabama. 

UCLA is led in the backstrokes by rising sophomore Sophia Kosturos, who was 52.7/1:55.5 last season. Their 200 back group will return rising juniors Abriana Howard (1:56.8), Delaney Smith (1:56.9) and Ella Kirschke (1:57.3). Smith and Kirschke are also the Bruins’ top returning IMers at 1:58.3/4:12 and 1:58.6/4:11, respectively.

Sommer joins the Bruins this fall with their class of 2024: Aurora Huxman, Bailey HerbertCrystal MurphyGreta FantaMadeline Smith, Maddie Wright, Maya Wilson, and Sam Baron.

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I’m waiting for Guerra


The GREAT Ray Looze will not be losing a minute’s sleep tonight over this transfer.


And this mentality is why many swimmers at Indiana transfer. The program looks at swimmers as times and not students/people.

Reasons to lose sleep

Is that really the case? As an outsider, I have to think every recruit asks him “what’s up with all the transfers?”. Also can’t be great for the team morale, to establish relationships with teammates, the bond of college and team, to have this much churn, whatever the reasons.

The Importer AND Exporter

I’m going to guess no – my take on Cody is that he is very media savvy and has good advisors who are working with him to position him for success through 2021 and post swimming (would love to see him take up commentating). Critical commenting on important players in the industry, even anonymously, wouldn’t fit with that plan or even how he comes across in his video and podcast media (caveat that I dont know Cody personally)

Haji Lama

He should. Culture.


Anddddddd here come the comments!

About Karl Ortegon

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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