Big Ten Champ Kaitlynn Sims Enters Transfer Portal for January Move

Kaitlynn Sims, an NCAA All-American at the University of Michigan, has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Sims confirmed the news to SwimSwam, saying she is no longer competing for Michigan and is currently in the recruiting process. She’s set to graduate from Michigan in December and plans to compete for another team starting in January, as well as next season, which she’ll be able to do due to the 5th year of eligibility granted by the NCAA because of the COIVD-19 pandemic.

It’s important to note that entering the transfer portal doesn’t mean an athlete has to transfer schools, rather, it simply allows the athlete to engage in the recruiting process with other programs. That being said, Sims has indicated herself that her intention is to transfer to another school as a graduate student and use her final 2 seasons of eligibility there.

Sims had an electric freshman season for the Wolverines in 2019-20, winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year after finishing 3rd in the 1650 and 4th in the 500 (4:37.31) at the 2020 Big Ten Championships. Of course, the 2020 NCAA Championships were ultimately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so Sims didn’t get to compete at NCAAs her freshman year, though she was certainly an All-American contender in both the 500 and 1650. Sims’ lifetime bests in the 500 (4:37.31) and 1650 (15:49.83) were both set at the 2020 Big Tens

Sims’ times in her sophomore season (2020-21) were a little slower, though she saw more success. She won the Big Ten title in the 1650, swimming a 15:59.70, then went on to take 5th at NCAAs in 15:57.80. She was also 2nd in the 500 at the 2021 Big Tens, swimming a 4:40.29.

Though she came into her junior season at Michigan with Big Ten Freshman of the Year, a Big Ten title, and NCAA All-American honors under her belt, Sims had a down year in 2021-2022. She finished 8th in the 1650 at the 2022 Big Ten Championships, recording a 16:13.30, and finished 15th in the 500 free with a 4:48.69. Sims would go on to compete at the 2022 NCAAs, where she took 41st in the 1650, touching in 16:30.66. Her season best in the 1650 was set at Big Tens with the 16:13.30, while her season best 500 came in at 4;45.62 from the Minnesota Invite at midseason.

When she’s in top form, Sims is an NCAA All-American contender in both the 500 free and 1650 free and could contend for conference titles in both events in any conference. Prior to her career at Michigan, Sims earned spots on the USA Nationa Junior Team for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

 

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Guerra
2 months ago

This is another example of why Indiana is the best choice in the Big Ten.

Feeling blue…
2 months ago

Michigan is currently honoring the anniversary of a team member taking his life, had a teammate walk off the team after Big10’s and before her Senior NCAA’s, others seeking treatment for mental distress, many complaints to AD, and pleading from athletes for help while coach get an extension… It’s pretty easy to track the story the athletes from this program are sharing from transfers, fall-offs from roster year over year, no fifth-years staying (even though they are still finishing coursework at the University – Carter).

Ohio State (7th at Summer Nationals) will continue to dominate in the Big10 when the coach is able to take good swimmers and make them great. U of M (tied for 29th at Summer… Read more »

so blue
Reply to  Feeling blue…
2 months ago

so well said. many great points.

daimo
Reply to  Feeling blue…
2 months ago

So McKeever = abusive but Bottom is spared of this accusation. Interesting.

daimo
Reply to  daimo
2 months ago

I mean….what could possibly be the (gender) difference between these two?

Feeling blue…
Reply to  Feeling blue…
2 months ago

Whelp. Apologies for the repeated paragraphs. Not sure if it is the result of multi-tasking or exasperation…

fellow student athlete
Reply to  Feeling blue…
2 months ago

these athletes deserve more.

NB1
Reply to  Feeling blue…
2 months ago

well, your facts are dead wrong, U of M did not finish one before last, and who did they make disappear?

Feeling blue…
Reply to  NB1
2 months ago

Sorry if it wasn’t clear. I did not intend to imply the women finished one before last. They finished in a tie for 29th and the team that placed 31st had one swimmer compete.

You can review the rosters year over year…

Hmmm
2 months ago

another Michigan transfer… shocking

Jessie
2 months ago

How is UM’s distance group looking for this year?

Admin
Reply to  Jessie
2 months ago

Pretty good group returning even with the transfers. Kathryn Ackerman and Kathryn Shanley should both be top 8 at Big Tens. Won’t be their best scoring group, but will still be in the top half of events for them.

Incoming class is more focused on sprinters though, which was the bigger need. It’s a really good class when the internationals are factored in.

Hmmm
2 months ago

Don’t forget to turn off the lights….

Some Guy
2 months ago

I hear SMU just built a new aquatic center, could be the deciding factor 👀

Austinpoolboy
2 months ago

What does she want to study in grad school?

Swimfan27
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 months ago

I assume psych or MPH based on her Linkedin

BostonLouie
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 months ago

Whatever it is, I’m sure the University of Florida offers it. #LedeckyGetsAnother

Curious
Reply to  BostonLouie
2 months ago

Doubt she wants to go that route