Back/Free Specialist Vincent Walden to Swim for Wingate in 2018-19

Vincent Walden from Crownsville, Maryland has announced his verbal commitment to North Carolina’s Wingate University for the fall of 2018. Walden, who swims year-round for Severna Park Stingrays, is homeschooled and does not participate in high school swimming.

Walden is a relative newcomer to swimming, having taken it up at the age of 13. Since then, he has improved in leaps and bounds as seen in this chart of his progressions through high school:

  50 free 100 free 100 back 200 back
2017 21.87 49.15 52.99 1:57.13
2016 22.88 51.02 55.35 2:00.10
2015 23.84 51.55 57.52 2:04.18
2014 26.74 56.81 1:05.51 2:33.28

Walden has had an even better trajectory in long course meters. This past summer he dropped well over 1 second per 50 in just about everything he swam, vis-à-vis the previous summer. At the Maryland Swimming Long Course Championships he was an A finalist in the 50 free and 100 back, a B finalist in the 100 free, 200 back, and 200 fly; and a C finalist in the 400 free and 200 IM.

The Wingate men’s swimming and diving team finished 6th at the 2017 NCAA Division II Championships.

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Anne Lepesant

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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