Breaststroker Charlotte Burnham Commits to Cal (2024)

by Sean Griffin 2

November 30th, 2023 College Recruiting, News, Pac-12

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Versatile Colorado native Charlotte Burnham has committed to swim at the University of California, Berkeley starting in the fall of 2024. Burnham is currently a senior at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.

Burnham, who trains with the Denver Hilltoppers, specializes primarily in the breaststroke events. She owns a lifetime best of 1:02.23 in the 100 breast and 2:13.20 in the 200 breast. Last year, she would have ranked 5th on the Cal team in the 100 and 2nd in the 200. In the 200, she would only trail the 2:12.30 posted by current junior Alicia Henry.

Burnham will make an immediate impact for the Golden Bears, as they are in need of a breaststroker to pair with their loaded class of 2025: Teagan O’Dell (back/IM), Alex Shackell (fly/free), and Claire Weinstein (free).

She was the 2023 CHSAA State Champion in the 100 breast, posting a time of 1:02.40 (1:02.30 with the altitude adjustment) to take the win by 0.06 over Grandview senior Paige Dailey.

Top SCY Times:

  • 100 Breast – 1:02.23
  • 200 Breast – 2:13.20
  • 50 Free – 23.25
  • 100 Free – 51.41
  • 200 Back – 1:59.63
  • 200 IM – 2:01.34

The Cal women were 3rd at last year’s PAC-12 Championships, trailing 2nd place USC by just 7 points. Come the NCAA Championships, the Golden Bears ended the season with an 11th place finish, scoring 137 points in the process.

Cal Berkeley will make the move from the PAC-12 to the ACC starting in fall of 2024, so the versatility of Burnham will be incredibly useful for the Golden Bears as they transition into a much larger swimming conference.

Joining the Golden Bears’ with Burnham in the fall of 2024 will be Maggie Petty, Adriana Smith, Jordan Ash, Lilou Ressencourt, Finley Anderson, and Mia West.

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Kabes
2 months ago

Every day there is a new Cal recruit
Congratulations Charlotte

Swimpop
2 months ago

Fun facts, Charlotte and Finley were on a state record summer club relay together when they were 10U. Congrats Charlotte!