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Lafayette, California’s Madeline Smith has announced her verbal commitment to the University of California, Los Angeles beginning next fall. She will join Bailey Herbert, Crystal Murphy, Greta Fanta, Maya Wilson, and Sam Baron in the class of 2024.
“I’m super excited to announce my verbal commitment to UCLA! A huge thank you goes out to everyone who has helped me get to this point. Here’s to the next four years! GO BRUINS!!”
A senior at Campolindo High School, Smith is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American who swims year-round for Orinda Aquatics. She was runner-up in the 200 IM (2:03.48) and 7th in the 100 fly (56.36) at 2019 CIF North Coast Section Championships. She also contributed the fly leg (24.87) to the 4th-place medley relay and swam anchor (52.19) on the 3rd-place 400 free relay. At the California State Meet the following weekend she placed 7th in the IM (2:03.82) and was on two 7th-place relays: 4×50 free (23.92) and 4×100 free (51.59).
This summer, Smith competed at both Far Westerns and Western Zone Senior Championships. Between the two meets she improved her lifetime bests in the 100/200m free, 200m breast, 100m fly, and 200/400m IM. This fall she has already gone best times in the 200y breast (2:29.54) and 200y fly (2:06.45).
Best SCY times:
- 200 IM – 2:01.50
- 400 IM – 4:23.70
- 100 fly – 55.15
- 100 back – 55.88
- 200 back – 2:02.97
- 200 free – 1:51.94
Smith is very close to scoring at the conference level in her best events. It took 2:00.97 in the 200 IM, 4:22.44 in the 400 IM, 54.63 in the 100 fly, 55.29 in the 100 back, 1:59.60 in the 200 back, and 1:47.90 in the 200 free to get a second swim at 2019 Pac-12s.
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