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Soquel High School junior Kailyn Winter has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Alabama Women’s Swimming and Diving team for the 2021-22 school year. The two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American wrote on social media:
“From California to Sweet-Home Alabama?!! I am elated to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at the University of Alabama! Thank you to my family, coaches, teammates, and friends that have supported me throughout this incredible journey. I am so excited to be part of the Rising Tide!! ROLL TIDE 🔴⚪🐘 #bamaspeed”
Winter is a sprint free and fly specialist who, as a sophomore, was runner-up in the 50 free (23.14) and 100 fly (54.41) at 2019 CIF-Central Coast Section Championships. She had the fastest anchor in the field of 200 free relays (22.24), pulling her team from 6th to 4th. From there, she went on to compete at the California CIF State Championships and finished 5th in the 50 free (22.98) and 5th in the 100 fly (54.21). She also anchored Soquel to 14th in the 200 free relay (22.87).
Winter swims year-round with the club team Quicksilver Swimming. She has Winter Juniors cuts or faster in the 50/100 free and 100 fly. Last summer she placed 8th in the 100 fly at Speedo Junior Nationals. At Santa Clarita Sectionals she came in 3rd in the 50 free and 7th in the 100 fly, earning a best time (1:01.06) in the latter. In December, she went best times in the 50m free (26.22) and 100y fly (54.02) at Winter Juniors West while placing 7th in the 50 free and 13th in the 100 fly.
Winter will be part of an Alabama class of 2025 that also includes Anna Ogren, Kasia Norman, Krista Wheeler, and Sophia Garrison. It took 22.59/49.34 to score in the 50/100 free and 53.77 to get a second swim in the 100 fly at 2020 SEC Championships.
Top SCY times:
- 50 free – 22.98
- 100 free – 50.40
- 100 fly – 54.02
- 200 fly – 2:02.32
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