Cal Lands Verbal from In-State Backstroke Star, Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou

Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou has announced via her Instagram account that she has made a verbal commitment to swim at the University of California, Berkeley beginning with the 2017-18 season. Krivokapic-Zhou is one of the leading backstrokers in the class of 2017; she competed at U.S. Olympic Trials in both the 100/200m back and the 100m fly.

Krivokapic-Zhou has spent her club career at Santa Clara Swim Club, and has competed over the last three high school seasons for Santa Clara High School. As a freshman she was runner-up in the 100 back and placed third in the 200 IM at the CIF-Central Coast Section Championships, losing to Stanford’s Ally Howe in both instances. The following year she won the 100 back and was runner-up in the 100 fly, and last year she was runner-up in both events.

A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and National Select Camp graduate, Krivokapic-Zhou is a versatile talent who will fit in nicely with the Cal backstroke/butterfly group that includes Kathleen Baker, Amy Bilquist, Katie McLaughlin, Keaton Blovad, Aislinn Light, Jasmine Mau, and Courtney Mykkanen. She is also a talented freestyler, and could develop in that direction as well. Her best SCY times are:

  • 50 back – 25.31
  • 100 back – 53.50
  • 200 back – 1:56.79
  • 100 fly – 53.67
  • 200 fly – 1:58.23
  • 200 IM – 1:59.85
  • 100 free – 50.01
  • 200 free – 1:47.90

Krivokapic-Zhou will join the Golden Bears with fellow class of 2021 commits Alexandra Skorus-Neely, Ali Harrison, Dannie Dilsaver, and Elizabeth Bailey.

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Very happy for Sophie! I will make sure our children, also mix of Montenegrin and Asian blood, follow her college swimming career. Hope to watch her at the next NCAAs.


Congratulations, Sophie!! Wishing you the very best in your college career!

Not Betty

Congratulations Sophie! I know the other commits are excited to attend and swim for Cal just as much as you are! I know Ali is 😉

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