Articles by Casey Murphy

Northwestern Adds World Juniors Finalist Luiza Lima For 2024-25

Lima’s converted LCM 800 free time (9:45.06) would currently sit as the 3rd fastest 1000 free in program history for Northwestern University.


William Carey University Adds Alabama Regional Champ Josiah Blankenship for Inaugural Season

Blankenship will arrive at William Carey University in its inaugural year with a swim program with the fastest times in the 50 free, 100 free, and 200 free.

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Harvard Gains Speedo Sectional Finalist Aliana Marakovic (2025)

Marakovic’s best 200 breast time of 2:13.69 would have ranked 1st in the 2022-2023 season at Harvard and 2nd in the 2023-2024 season.

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European Junior Champion Diver Rebecca Ciancaglini Commits to Cal (2024)

Diving has long been a weakness of the Cal program, but they are starting to build some big momentum in that area thanks to coach Pei Lin.


Indiana HS State Champion Walker Mattice Announces his Commitment to Purdue University (2024)

Mattice’s best time in the 200 free (1:36.77) was just under a second shy of Ethan Shaw’s leading time at Purdue this season (1:35.81).


University of Florida Gains Canadian Olympic Trials Finalist Laila Oravsky (2025)

With another year still left to go, Oravsky’s converted SCM 800 free and 1500 free times would have ranked 3rd this season for the Florida Gators.


UNC Chapel Hill Gains Israeli Paris Olympic Qualifier Adam Maraana

Maraana will be heading to Paris as the first Arab-Israeli swimmer to represent Israel at the Olympics before joining UNC Chapel Hill this fall.

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SMU Gains Mid Atlantic Senior Champs Runner-Up Karly Boles (2025)

With another year left to go, Boles’ best times in the 500 free and 1000 free would have ranked 1st this season at Southern Methodist University.

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Arizona High School State Finalist Jaidan Engle Commits to University of Idaho (2024)

Engle was a two-time finalist at the Arizona High School State Championship this season. Her arrival is set to bolster the Vandals’ backstroke group.

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GHSA 7A State Backstroke Champion Hailey Dopson Commits to the University of Georgia (2025)

GHSA 7A State Champion Hailey Dopson holds Brookwood High School and Gwinnett County’s record for the 100 back. Her lifetime best is a 54.30.


Brazilian Worlds Relay Finalist Giovana Reis Medeiros Commits to Georgia Tech

Medeiros is headed to Georgia Tech this the fall where she has the opportunity to swim some of the fastest times in program history.

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Notre Dame Swimming Captain Sarah Bender Earns Fulbright Scholarship

Bender, who ranks 5th all-time in the 200 breast (2:12.80) in Notre Dame program history, is the first student-athlete from Notre Dame to earn the Fulbright Scholarship.


Junior Nationals Medalist Maddie Blackwell Commits to Dartmouth (2024)

Maddie Blackwell projects to make an immediate impact on Dartmouth’s free relays next season as the Big Green try to dig out of the bottom of the Ivy League.


Canadian National Runner-Up Kesa Taivassalo Commits to South Carolina

Taivassalo ranked 2nd in the Canadian 15-16 age group in 2023 in the 200 breast and will bolster South Carolina’s breaststroke group upon her arrival.


NCAA First-Year Coach Update: Duke Women Earn Highest NCAA Finish in Program History

Duke women’s swimming and diving team earned the most points at NCAA Championships and ACC Championships in program history under Brian Barnes.