Articles by Karl Ortegon

NCAA Scorers Sophie Angus, Maddie Smith Using Extra Year at Northwestern

Smith and Angus each had banner 2020-21 seasons, not only for their own swimming careers but also for the NU program. 


Bayley Stewart Graduating Early from Notre Dame, Pursuing Master’s at Tennessee

With Notre Dame, Stewart raced at the 2019 and 2021 NCAAs. The most recent NCAA Championships saw Stewart’s best performances in her life in the backstrokes.


Danielle Hill, Victoria Catterson Post Irish Records in Dublin at Day 2 Finals

Danielle Hill lowered her own Irish record in the 100 back final, taking it from 1:00.48 done in semifinals last night down to a 1:00.34, just off the cut.


Denver Men’s Roster Shrinks by 10 After Tumultuous Season

The Denver men had 26 men on their 2020-21 roster at the time of the COVID-19 violations, and they finished the season last week with just 16.


Jack Flanagan Commits to Tennessee After Starting Club Swimming in 2019

His first full meet with club training under his belt was in September 2019, where he went 22.9/49.6/1:51.9 in the 50/100/200 free.


Vini Lanza Misses 200 Fly Final at Brazilian Olympic Trials Day 3 Prelims

Lanza finished ninth in 2:04.17, out in 56.63 but back in a rough 1:07.54. He was 32.20 on the third 50 but had a brutal final 50 at 35.34. 


Minnesota Picks Up IL Sprinter Connor Groya for Fall 2022

Competing at the 2021 NCSA Spring Championships, Groya set personal bests in the 50/100/200 free, while clocking his best relay splits ever. 

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Tennessee HS Finalist Lily Parr Stays Local, Commits to Carson-Newman (2021

At the 2020 Tennessee HS State Championships, Parr made the B-final in the 50 free, hitting a 24.69 to take 14th place. 

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Lewis University Adds Sprinter Aubrey Fischer for Fall 2021

At the 2019 Kansas HS 6A State Championships, Fischer made the 100 fly A-final, touching seventh at 1:00.02. She was also 11th in the 100 back (1:00.84).

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Major 400 Free Showdowns Brewing After German Trials Day 2 Prelims

Florian Wellbrock is one of three men vying for a spot on the German Olympic team in the 400 free, while the women’s race is heating up, too.


Concordia University Irvine Lands 49.9 Butterflier Jayden Hernandez

Hernandez was a 100 fly B-finalist in 2018 and 2019 at the CIF Central Coast Section Championships, and he’s a Futures qualifier in that event, too.

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Ralph Lauren-Designed Outfits for Team USA at Tokyo Closing Ceremony Unveiled

American designer Ralph Lauren created the line for Team USA, featuring white jackets with blue collars and hoods.


Matzerath Hits PR 59.63 in 100 BR, Goes Under OLY Cut at German Trials Heats

Matzerath sliced a tenth off of his old best, and went under the Olympic cut by over a tenth, as the men’s 100 breast final will be a major race tonight.


Pepperdine Picks Up Lexie Deitemeyer of Denver Hilltoppers (2021)

During the 2019-20 season, Deitemeyer would’ve been Pepperdine’s #1 100 butterflier on the roster. She would’ve also ranked #3 in the 100 breast.

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Fordham Adds Breaststroker Kevin Zahariev to Class of 2025

At the 2020 New York HS State Championships, he scored in the 100 breast B-final, placing 10th with his lifetime best of 58.33.

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