All-American Calypso Sheridan, D2 Stars Dalu and Driggers Enter Transfer Portal

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.

Among the other names in the portal recently are NC State’s Kimani Gregory and West Virginia’s Emily Haimes.

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DCSwim
13 days ago

Sheridan to Cal or Stanford? Hard to top an NU degree

Last edited 13 days ago by DCSwim
Proudhoosier
Reply to  DCSwim
13 days ago

How could she not love NU? Everyone loves them. They are the greatest program ever! This must be a mistake?

Justafan
Reply to  Proudhoosier
13 days ago

USC? Back to Jeremy Kipp? Seems a bit suspect

Admin
Reply to  DCSwim
13 days ago

She’s listed as a graduate transfer, implying that she’ll have completed her Northwestern degree.

DCSwim
Reply to  Braden Keith
13 days ago

I don’t read articles I only comment

Ace
13 days ago

Wonder what happened at Arkansas

samulih
Reply to  Ace
13 days ago

something…… that is quite bunch of girls, altho who knows these days.

Swimswimswim
Reply to  Ace
13 days ago

I have no personal knowledge of the situation, but consider the situation at the assistant’s previous school.

swimapologist
Reply to  Swimswimswim
13 days ago

Lol if an assistant coach was responsible for the transfer of 7 student-athletes, that assistant coach would find themselves out of a job pretty quick.

Assistants are usually on 1 year contracts.

oldschool
Reply to  swimapologist
13 days ago

Um do you know who the assistant coach is and her history? Might want to look.

Poochie
Reply to  oldschool
13 days ago

You’re late to the party. Your smears have been debunked already.

Bwaha
Reply to  Swimswimswim
13 days ago

“I have no personal knowledge but will further my opinion anyway.”

Stellar plan. I’m sure it works well for you.

MickeyMouse
Reply to  Bwaha
13 days ago

It’s a point worth mentioning considering how large of a fiasco that was, this is in fact the comments section based on thoughts and opinions and not the article itself believe it or not.

Poochie
Reply to  MickeyMouse
13 days ago

MickeyMouse….perfect nom de plume for your comments, btw….you mean the fiasco where the coach walked away with a full endorsement and exoneration by the university? The same one where she got paid big bucks, including damages? I seem to recall that. Thanks for illustrating why “thoughts and opinions” devoid of fact are really just ammunition for character assassination.

Last edited 13 days ago by Poochie
Nick
Reply to  Poochie
13 days ago

Most likely head coach related. Perhaps they want someone more experienced than Margo Geer!

CoachJonDavid
Reply to  Nick
13 days ago

Wrong school, Arkansas, not Alabama. I’ve heard it’s related to HC and swimmers being unhappy, but that’s not out of the norm. Multiple transfers….that raises eyebrows.

alsoauofaswimmer
Reply to  CoachJonDavid
12 days ago

Some more firsthand information: There are more considering doing the same.

None of your
Reply to  Bwaha
13 days ago

From a previous transfer of the UofArkansas I couldn’t agree more.

uoaswimmer
Reply to  Swimswimswim
13 days ago

Firsthand information: not related to assistant coach

The Importer AND Exporter
Reply to  uoaswimmer
13 days ago

So what is it then????

None of your
Reply to  uoaswimmer
13 days ago

Because it’s not the assistant coach it’s THE HEAD COACH! He is the one with all the problems

Beth Nelson
Reply to  None of your
12 days ago

definitely. The nail on the head

Beth Nelson
Reply to  uoaswimmer
12 days ago

Correct

Noy
Reply to  Ace
13 days ago

Nothing

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swimmingly
13 days ago

is there link available to an authoritative, crisp , athlete- and athletes parent-centric write up about the portal?

it’s unclear to me reading this:

  1. if a athlete enters the portal, does this in practice effectively end the athlete continuing to train with their current college?
  2. is this a formality for the athlete, having already had back-channel convos w/ the new coach/coaches? if not, things seem like they must REALLY be “not a match” at their current school if they’re willing to leap then look (e.g. I don’t know where I’m going, but I know it’s not here next fall …)
Swimmmer
Reply to  swimmingly
13 days ago

Athletes may enter the transfer portal at any time without even having to notify the coaching staff. It does not mean that they must transfer but their current program does not have to continue to allow them to train with their program.

I would seriously hope that no coaches would be having conversations with other athletes before they were in the portal. Doing so is an NCAA violation and also unethical.

swimmingly
Reply to  Swimmmer
12 days ago

Thank you (trying to figure out why I got 3 downvotes). What I took away from you is that entering the portal wouldn’t be fraught if the athlete was on solid ground with the coach. Say the D II athletes, their coach says ‘my conference and DII can only give you so much competition, go for it.’

For the athletes who’re on shaky ground with their program, they’re leaping in the hope that they’ll land at a school that meets their academic needs – eg will transfer their credits – and will be a program that works for them – eg has a long distance program that works for the athlete.

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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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