Alabama HS State Champ Julia Krichev Verbals to Richmond (2022)

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Julia Krichev of Huntsville, Ala., is Richmond University’s first verbal commitment for 2022. Krichev trains with Huntsville Swim Association and is a junior at Huntsville High School.

“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Richmond!! I am so thankful for all of my friends, family, and coaches for helping me get to this point. I am so excited to be a spider!!!“


  • 50 free – 23.78
  • 100 free – 52.20
  • 200 free – 1:53.23
  • 50 back – 26.26
  • 100 back – 55.62
  • 200 back – 2:01.56

Krichev won the Alabama HS state title in the 100 back in 2019, as a sophomore. She was also runner-up in both the 50 free in 2019 and at the most recent edition of the meet last month; she was third in the 100 back at the 2020 meet, too.

Krichev has also competed at the Winter Junior Championships – East in 2018 and 2019, and in 2020, she raced at the virtual U.S. Open.

Last season, Richmond had two backstrokers break 54 in the 100; now-graduated Hannah Gouger (53.1) and senior Jordan Kohut (53.8). They finished 1-2 at the 2020 A-10 Championships. At that meet, Krichev would’ve made the 100 back A-final, as well as the 200 back B-final. Krichev would’ve also been their #4 100 freestyler and #6 50 freestyler last season.

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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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