Butterflier Berit Quass Adds Fly Speed to Tennessee’s Class of 2024

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Berit Quass of the Greater Des Moines YMCA is one of 11 incoming freshmen headed to the University of Tennessee for the 2020-21 season.

I am so grateful and excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee! I can’t wait to be a part of such an amazing team! UT’s outstanding swim program and academics made this school stand out! Looking forward to life on the Rocky Top! #govols


  • 200 free – 1:50.29
  • 500 free – 4:48.88
  • 100 fly – 53.67
  • 200 fly – 1:58.94
  • 100 back – 55.37
  • 200 back – 2:02.00
  • 200 IM – 2:04.55

Primarily a butterflier, Quass has potential in mid-distance free, back and IM. She won Iowa HS state titles in the 100 fly and 500 free as a junior at Dowling High School in fall of 2018, then placed second in both events in late 2019 as a senior. She also made the A-final of the 200 fly at the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West, and she made A-finals in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 500 free at the 2019 YMCA SC National Championships.

Tennessee graduated American record-holding butterflier, Erika Brown, after this season. Brown is also one of the fastest sprint freestylers ever in short course yards. They also just lost 1:53.2 200 butterflier, Tess Cieplucha, after this season. Quass will have two years of overlap with top returning 100 butterflier, Trude Rothrock, and two with their top returner in the 200, Mallory Beil.

Quass is part of a stacked, eighth-ranked class of 2024 for Tennessee.

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1 year ago

TN Coaches are the best recruiters and coaches in the country!!! Best wishes Berit. It is a magical and wonderful place.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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