Cal Bears Secure Verbal Commitment from Distance Specialist Sarah DiMeco

USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American Sarah DiMeco has announced via social media that she verbally committed to swim for Cal beginning in the 2019-20 season. DiMeco, an Honorable Mention on our list of top-20 recruits from the high school class of 2019, will join four other verbal commits in the fall of 2019: Ashlyn Fiorilli, Chloe Clark, Isabel Ivey, and Rachel Klinker.

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of California Berkeley class of 2023. Thank you to all who supported me! GO BEARS”

DiMeco swims for Issaquah Swim Team and Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington. As a sophomore she led Skyline to a Washington 4A State Championship with two individual wins (200 free, 1:49.37; 500 free, 4:51.00) and an anchor (51.91) that gave the Spartans the win necessary to claim their second consecutive team title. This past fall, in her junior season, DiMeco repeated her 500 free title. (Had she not been DQd for a false start in the 200 free, she would have placed second by .01.)

Her best events, though, are not swum in high school. DiMeco excels in the 1650 free, in addition to the 200/500 duo, as well as the 400 IM and 200 fly. She was runner-up in the 500 free at Winter Juniors West, going her best time by nearly 5 seconds. This spring she had an excellent meet at Federal Way Sectionals, earning new PBs in the mile (1st place), 100 fly (7th place), 200 fly (2nd place), and 400 IM (2nd place). She also won the 500 free and placed 6th in the 200 free.

DiMeco’s 1650 time would have scored 9th at 2018 Pac-12 Championships; she would have been the second Golden Bear after Chenoa Devine. She also would have scored in the B finals of the 500 free and 200 fly, and the C final of the 400 IM (she would have missed the 200 free C final by .01).

Top SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 16:19.78
  • 1000 free – 9:46.65
  • 500 free – 4:44.26
  • 200 free – 1:48.35
  • 400 IM – 4:15.83
  • 200 fly – 1:57.84
  • 100 fly – 54.17

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].

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3 years ago

Legend has it that the mile is afraid of Sarah Dimeco

3 years ago

Go Golden Bear Sarah! Make those distances… squirm.

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