Army West Point Reels in Sprinter Nneka Pilgrim, Flyer Kaylie Breslin

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The Black Knights of Army West Point have earned two more verbal commitments, this time from New Jersey’s Nneka Pilgrim and Colorado’s Kaylie Breslin.

Nneka Pilgrim

Army_w_Pilgrim“I went to Army on an overnight and fell in love with the academics and the team. I felt that there was no better place with the opportunity to become an officer in the United States Army and swim Division 1 for four years. I’m beyond happy with my choice and I can’t wait to see what Army has in store for me! Go Army!!”

Pilgrim is a senior at Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey. She swims for Randolph YMCA and is a three-time YMCA Short Course Nationals finalist. The upcoming 2016 Short Course YNats will be her fifth national championship. Pilgrim specializes in sprints; her top SCY times include:

  • 50 free – 23.67
  • 100 free – 51.94
  • 200 free – 1:57.23
  • 50 fly – 26.51
  • 100 fly – 57.59
  • 50 breast – 31.63
  • 100 breast – 1:07.49

The Patriot League only scores two finals, but Pilgrim should already be able to contribute to Army West Point’s tally in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events as her current times would have scored in their respective “B” finals at 2015 Patriot League Championships. Moreover she would have been first alternate in the 100 fly and not all that far off in the 100 breast.

Kaylie Breslin

Army_w_Breslin“West Point has everything I wanted, from the outstanding academics to the closeness of the team. I can’t wait to start my 47-month journey with my future teammates!”

Breslin is from Aurora, Colorado. She goes to Regis Jesuit High School where she swims and runs track. At the 2015 Colorado 5A State Championships, Breslin contributed to Regis Jesuit’s second-place team finish with a seventh in the 100 fly. She narrowly missed making finals in the 100 back. Breslin also swims for Aces Swim Club and her best times are:

  • 100 fly – 56.18
  • 200 fly – 2:05.12
  • 100 back – 59.66
  • 400 IM – 4:43.57

Breslin would have scored in the top 8 in the 100 fly at 2015 Patriot League Championships. She will be a nice addition to the Black Knights’ fly group, which will lose conference runner-up Molly Mucciarone to graduation this year. Breslin will have one year’s overlap with Kelly Hamilton, however; she finished eighth in the 100 fly at conference.

Pilgrim and Breslin will join diver Serica Hallstead who has also committed to Army West Point’s class of 2020.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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