Junior-to-be Katie Armitage will transfer from Florida Gulf Coast to the University of Tennessee this fall. Armitage has one first-team All-American honor to her name – coming in her freshman season, where she swam the breaststroke leg on FGCU’s 8th-place 200 medley relay at the NCAA Championships.
Tennessee will now be home to the front-half of that All-America-earning medley relay, as senior-to-be Kira Toussaint, the former FGCU backstroker, transferred to Tennessee prior to last season.
“I’m super excited to be joining such an amazing team,” Armitage said. “I’m truly blessed that I have been giving this opportunity. I cannot wait until next season to start racing as a Tennessee Vol!”
Armitage swam both individually and on relays at the 2015 NCAA Championships and placed 46th in the 100 yard breaststroke – short of her 1:00.28 season-best time.
Her sophomore season at FGCU wasn’t as fruitful, and she didn’t swim at last year’s NCAA Championship meet either individually or on a relay.
If she regains her rookie-year form, Armitage will be one of the most significant off-season pickups for the Volunteers. Last year, non-breaststroker Maddy Banic was pressed into 200 medley relay duty on the breaststrokes. Armitage is around a second better than Banic over 50 yards and holds a similar margin over sophomore-to-be Hannah Holman for the 400 medley relay, which didn’t score at NCAAs last year.
Armitage’s addition becomes even more crucial because Tennessee graduated the back-half of their 14th-place 200 medley relay from last year’s NCAA Championships, and her presence will allow Banic to slide to the butterfly or freestyle legs, which gives Tennessee 75% of a top-5 caliber NCAA 200 medley relay.
As for Florida Gulf Coast, they still return Evita Leter, who was a 1:01.10 on a flat-start in the 100 breaststroke as a junior last season. That was only two-tenths behind what Armitage went in 2016.