Allison Goldblatt Chooses UCLA After Decommitment

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Allison Goldblatt has decommitted from Virginia Tech, to whom she pledged her services in April of this year, and recommitted to the UCLA Bruins.

“Being a part of the team at UCLA is a dream come true! The coaches and team have been so welcoming and I can’t wait to be a Bruin!”

Goldblatt, a product of the DC-area powerhouse club NCAP, is versatile, but projects out best as a butterflier, with probably a distance freestyle race to complement her three-event collegiate lineup.

Goldblatt hasn’t improved much in yards since her sophomore season, but her long course times improved a lot in the last year, indicating that improvements are still happening.

Best times in yards:

  • 200 free – 1:50.37 (as a hs sophomore)
  • 500 free – 4:53.88 (as a hs freshman
  • 1000 free – 10:14.05 (as a hs freshman)
  • 1650 free – 16:44.27 (as a hs freshman)
  • 100 fly – 56.02 (as a hs freshman)
  • 200 fly – 1:59.60 (as a hs sophomore)
  • 200 IM – 2:05.36 (as a hs sophomore)
  • 400 IM – 4:25.44 (as a hs sophomore)

Best times in long course meters:

  • 200 free – 2:08.56 (2016)
  • 400 free – 4:27.16 (2014)
  • 800 free – 9:03.09 (2014)
  • 100 fly – 1:01.84 (2016)
  • 200 fly – 2:15.22 (2016)
  • 200 IM – 2:22.17 (2016)
  • 400 IM – 5:00.22 (2015)

Her long course times convert to much faster swims than her yards swims indicate – the 100 fly, for example, converts to around a 53.9, and while conversions aren’t perfect, there’s enough there to indicate that she’ll undercut her yards times pretty quickly when it becomes a focus course for her.

Goldblatt was the 2015 Buffalo Sectionals Champion in the 200 fly in long course meters when she was just a freshman.

The butterfly races have been a particular specialty of UCLA over the last half-decade, especially the 200 fly.

Goldblatt attends Woodson High  School in Fairfax, Virginia.

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4 years ago

I wonder what made her decide to decommit? I definitely understand the appeal of wanting to attend a school in the PAC-12 and fraud outside and such, but I’m curious as to how the whole “decommitng” process works.

Reply to  Swamfan
4 years ago

*SWIM outside. not fraud

4 years ago

The little-spoken truth is that when someone “commits” it really means nothing. There is generally no contract signed be either side. And many times, the specifics of any scholarship offer are not in writing. De-committing is actually more common than most people think. I know at least six swimmers that changed their minds and went somewhere else. Coaches can change their minds as well.

Another surprising number is how many swimmers transfer after the first year at a school. Too many make the decision based on a program’s rank rather than academics and quality of school life. Weather can also be a big factor (part of that quality of life thing). If a kid has grown up in sunny… Read more »

Reply to  SwimDad
4 years ago

thanks for the info! Wasn’t criticizing her, I was just curious.

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