Articles by Karl Ortegon

UVA Receives Verbal from Illinois HS Record-Holder #13 Carly Novelline (2022)

Novelline is the #2 50 freestyler in the class of 2022, behind only the uncommitted Claire Curzan.


Michigan Nabs #12 Logan Zucker of SwimMAC for Fall 2022

Last summer, at the 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals, Zucker scored in the 1500 free (15:47.63) at 13th and the 400 IM (4:29.63) at 19th.


Arizona State Women Launch 2022 Recruiting with Verbal from Mackenzie Nedom

Nedom competes for Peru internationally. In 2019, she raced at the South American Junior Championships, where she took two bronze medals in her age group.

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Indiana Women Pick Up Canadian Sprinter Chiok Sze Yeo for Fall 2022

In the summer of 2019, Yeo also raced at the Ontario Summer Provincial Championships, taking titles in the 50 free (26.66) and 100 fly (1:01.82).


Peruvian Freestyler Sam Bello Verbals to Indiana for 2021

Bello is one of Peru’s top freestylers; her 400 free is only tenths from the national record, and her 800 free is only two seconds off the national mark.


#18 Braeden Haughey of TAC Titans Chooses Virginia for 2022

Haughey holds the high school class of 2022’s fastest 1000 free, and he’s one of the best LCM swimmers in the class, too.


Olympic Trials Qualifier Parker Reynolds Verbals to Arizona State for 2022

At the 2019 CIF State Championships, as a high school freshman, Reynolds was a B-finalist in the 500 free where he went 4:29.87 to take 11th overall.

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Minnesota HS Class A Record-Holder Grace Hanson Chooses Mizzou for 2022

In total, Hanson has won 11 Minnesota HS Class A titles between her individual and relay performances. She holds records in the 50 free

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#8 Aiken Do Stays Local, Verbals to Virginia Tech for 2022

Do is the defending Virginia HS 6A Champion in the 100 free, where he hit a lifetime best 44.83. He was also the 50 free runner-up (20.56).


Louisville Keeps Kentucky HS Champion Ella Welch In-State for 2022

At the Kentucky HS State Championships, Welch is undefeated in the 100 free. In 2020, she clocked a 49.58 to set the Kentucky HS state meet record.

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Daniel Diehl Nearly Breaks Michael Andrew’s 100 Free 13-14 NAG, Goes 44.00

Taking a few tenths off of his old best (44.31), Diehl is closing fast on Andrew’s 100 free NAG record of 43.90 from 2014.


John Paul Brostowitz Smashes Mitchell Friedemann’s 200 Back Wisconsin LSC Mark

Brostowitz set a new Wisconsin LSC 11-12 record in the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:00.86, smashing Mitchell Friedemann’s 2005 mark of 2:02.56.

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Cal Commit Alicia Henry Hits 200 BR Lifetime Best at Dynamo Intrasquad

In the 200 breast on Friday, Henry posted a 2:13.85, her first-ever instance under 2:15. She followed that up with an easy win in the 100, going 1:00.91.


Thompson’s 51.9 100 Back, Kovac’s 46.0 100 Fly Highlight Mizzou’s Win Over TCU

Thompson, who came within a second of her lifetime best, would’ve made the 2019 NCAA B-final in the 100 back with her time today.


Indiana HS Champion Kristina Paegle Stays Local, Verbals to Hoosiers for 2022

At the 2020 Indiana HS State Championships, Paegle clocked a lifetime best 49.57 in the 100 free to win the state title.