Buffalo Picks up Butterflier/Backstroker Julia Box

The Buffalo Bulls got a verbal commitment for Boulder Swim Team’s Julia Box, a summer and winter nationals qualifier in the butterflys.

Box has gone 55.29 in the 100 yard fly, securing a winter nationals cut. She also has a winter nationals cut with a 56.03 in the 100 backstroke. Her 200 back and 200 fly are not far behind, with a 2:04.04 in the back and a 2:06.79.

In long course meters she has been 1:03.28 in the 100 fly and 2:19.27 in the 200 fly, both good for winter junior nationals cuts.

She is also a solid freestyler. Her times include:

24.23 in the 50 yard free

52.47 in the 100 yard free

1:50.55 in the 200 yard free

5:02.75 in the 500 yard free

10:32.02 in the 1000 yard free

Box is a solid swimmer all around and will make an impact in both the backstrokes and butterflies when she gets to campus next year. She will likely take the reins in the backstroke from Melissa Trail and take them in the fly from Taylor Steffl, both of whom are seniors.

In that 100 fly, she’ll have a good shot at a top-8 finish at the MAC Championships as a freshman, and might be the only top-8 scorer in that event at the 2016 MAC Championships. Buffalo has had a lot of national-level success in the past few seasons, including sending MAC Most Outstanding Swimmer Brittney Kuras to the NCAA Championships last year, but as a team only placed 5th in the MAC last year. Recruiting swimmers like Box who can contribute in multiple events immediately at the conference level is exactly what the Bulls need to do to continue climbing up the conference ladder.

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