Alyssa Sorensen Switches Commitment from BYU to Utah for 2021

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The Woodlands Swim Team’s Alyssa Sorensen, who had originally committed to follow her siblings Ryan, Chad, and Allie to BYU, has switched her commitment to the University of Utah’s class of 2025.

“With lots of thought and consideration, I’m grateful for the opportunity to announce my verbal commitment to further my swimming and academic career at The University of Utah. Thank you to the Utah coaches and all the people who have been part of this crazy process. GO UTES❤️”

Sorensen will graduate this spring from The Woodlands High School, where she earned a 2021 Highlander Leadership Award. She was a contributor to the swim team’s 2021 UIL Texas 6A State Championship, competing in the 100 breast (7th, 1:05.31) and swimming breast (28.83) on the 5th-place 200 medley relay. She went a lifetime best in the 100 breast at Regionals, going 1:04.09 in the final.

Sorensen swims year-round with TWST. Although she hasn’t had many opportunities to race in the last year, she has improved both her 100 breast and 100 fly times, as well as her 50/500 free times.

  • 100 breast – 1:04.09
  • 200 breast – 2:23.66
  • 200 IM – 2:10.02
  • 400 IM – 4:40.66
  • 100 fly – 58.28

Sorensen will suit up for the Utes with Anelise Hedges, Anna Brooker, Haily Payne, Krystal Lieu, Madison Story, Maile Andresen, Milla Ruthven, Molly Jacobson, Norah Hay, Sofia Carlson, and Sydney Rogness in the fall.

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Hswimmer
12 days ago

What’s with all of these switches?

Mike
Reply to  Hswimmer
12 days ago

When you have this many coaching changes there will also be changes of plan for swimmers.

Admin
Reply to  Hswimmer
12 days ago

Some combination of earlier commitments, lots of people having to commit without official visits available to them, and just more publicity around commitments.

I would suspect that the latter is one of the bigger factors. This has always happened, it just wasn’t always so publicly “announced” when an athlete committed the first time. Transfers were down the last time the NCAA did a study a year or two ago – but the perception was that they were way up too. It was just there was no announcement of most transfers until the last few years.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
12 days ago

That’s crazy. I think this system of recruiting needs to be changed, I don’t think anyone will do anything about it though.

Horninco
Reply to  Hswimmer
11 days ago

You must not follow football recruiting……

Just to keep Braden in the discussion
https://247sports.com/college/texas-am/Season/2012-Football/Decommits/

Last edited 11 days ago by Horninco
Hswimmer
Reply to  Horninco
11 days ago

This is about swimming

Horninco
Reply to  Hswimmer
11 days ago

not really, this is not a phenomenon that exists only in swimming recruiting

samulih
Reply to  Horninco
11 days ago

just wait when these people hear about transfers market on the next level in this thing called college football. Nice way to new coach to reload immediately as new earlier letter of intent signing date has destroyed recruiting for new coach, there is year zero and maybe on second year you can have some recruiting.

coachtayy
12 days ago

Is there any timeline on when the high school recruit ranks will come out this year?

SWIMGUY12345
12 days ago

Again, this is just an interesting switch. Is she Mormon?

Odd to see someone decide not to go to BYU especially when faith was probably a big factor in her decision.

Utah Swimmer
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
11 days ago

Yes, their family is- they are originally from Utah (albeit over 15 years ago), so they have family there.

When push comes to shove, if you have the option of going to BYU or a Pac12 school, you go to the better swimming program.

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  Utah Swimmer
10 days ago

I think most would honestly put their faith and the chance to represent BYU over greater opportunities.

Rarely do you see someone like Jabari Parker choose to attend Duke or something like it over BYU.

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  Utah Swimmer
10 days ago

For reference, a swimmer I swam against routinely growing up chose BYU over Stanford.

Utah swimmer
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
10 days ago

Probably didn’t get $ at Stanford or if they did it didn’t make a difference- LDS tuition is like 2k per semester at BYU.

Same Same
Reply to  Utah swimmer
10 days ago

If you choose to swim for BYU over Stanford then that’s 100% a financial decision

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