Rachel Klinker from Lexington, Kentucky, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of California, Berkeley for the fall of 2019. Joining her in the class of 2023 will be future Golden Bears Chloe Clark and Isabel Ivey.
“I’m excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of California, Berkeley! This is a dream come true, and I can’t wait to swim with the team! Thank you to everyone who has helped me reach this point of my career. Go Bears! ???”
Klinker is a junior at Lexington’s Tates Creek High School. She won both the 200 free (1:46.05) and 500 free (4:49.77) at this year’s Kentucky High School State Championships. She also split a 24.46 butterfly on the 11th-place medley relay and led off the 6th-place 400 free relay in 50.19, all of which helped Tates Creek finish 8th in the team standing in the girls’ meet.
Klinker does her club swimming with Lexington Dolphins. She was a B-finalist in the 500 free, 100 fly, and 200 fly, and a C-finalist in the 200 free at 2017 Winter Junior Nationals East; she went best times in the 500 free, 100/200 fly, and 200 IM at the meet. After notching a PB in the 200 free in high school season, she lowered her lifetime bests in the 50/100/1000 free at NCSA Spring Championship. There she was runner-up in the 200 free, and placed 4th in the 1000 free, 5th in the 1650, 6th in the 200 fly, 7th in the 500 free, 8th in the 100 free, and 23rd in the 100 fly.
Klinker kicked off her 2018 long course season with new LCM bests in the 50 free (27.31), 100 fly (1:01.02), and 200 fly (2:12.90) at 2018 Irish Open Swimming Championships earlier this month.
Top SCY times:
- 100 free – 49.93
- 200 free – 1:46.05
- 500 free – 4:46.73
- 1000 free – 9:51.23
- 1650 free – 16:33.92
- 100 fly – 54.18
- 200 fly – 1:57.92
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