With the first full season finished amidst the pandemic, there are a handful of big names in the NCAA transfer portal potentially making moves for next fall.
Note that being in the portal does not mean an athlete is transferring, just that they’re alerting other coaches that they are considering a move. Athletes have gone into the portal to ‘feel out’ their options before withdrawing their name.
Calypso Sheridan is the biggest name. She has been home in Australia since the start of the pandemic but confirmed to SwimSwam a month ago that she’d be back to complete her last year at Northwestern for the 2021-22 season.
Sheridan won the 400 IM and 200 breast Big Ten titles in 2020 during her junior season and was a contender for the NCAA title in the 400 IM. In 2019, Sheridan raced at NCAAs, placing fourth in the 400 IM after not scoring in 2018 as a freshman.
Sheridan is listed in the portal as a graduate transfer, indicating that she has, or intends to, complete her undergraduate degree before leaving Northwestern.
Two major Division II names are also in the portal: McKendree’s Fabio Dalu and UIndy’s Landon Driggers. Dalu was named the 2021 NCAA D2 swimmer of the year, winning the 1000 free, 400 IM and 1650 free at the 2021 NCAA D2 Championships and setting D2 records in multiple events. Driggers, meanwhile, was the 400 IM national runner-up as a freshman, adding a fourth-place finish in the 200 back.
Meanwhile, seven women from Arkansas have entered the portal since early March. The biggest name among them is NCAA scorer and distance specialist Peyton Palsha, who is finishing up her senior year in Fayetteville and could be pursuing a grad transfer. The rest of the group of Razorbacks are non-seniors, including three freshmen.
- Peyton Palsha (senior)
- Anna Ervin (freshman)
- Rachel Rodriguez (junior)
- Madeline London (sophomore)
- Serena Gould (freshman)
- Abby Pfeifer (freshman)
- Brittney Pike (junior)