Cincinnati Picks Up Verbal Commitment from NOVA’s Annabelle Young (2021)

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Annabelle Young, who hails from Henrico, Virginia, has announced a verbal commitment to the University of Cincinnati for 2021-22. Young swims for Mills E. Godwin High School and Nova of Virginia Aquatics.

“I am so honored and excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at the University of Cincinnati! Thank you to my family, friends, coaches and everyone else who has supported me and helped me get to where I am today. I am so excited to be a Bearcat!!! ❤️🖤”

Young specializes in breaststroke and IM and is a U.S. Open qualifier in the 200 breast, a Summer Juniors qualifier in the 100 breast, and a Winter Juniors qualifier in the 400 IM. In high school swimming, she finished 9th in both the 200 IM (2:07.33) and 100 breast (1:06.11) at the Virginia VHSL 5A State Championships as a sophomore. In her freshman season she had finished 7th (2:05.70) and 6th (1:05.79) in the respective events.

After high school season, Young had a number of lifetime-best performances at the Virginia Swimming LSC Senior Short Course Championships (500/1000 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 400 IM) and NCSA Spring Championship (200 breast, 200 IM, and 1650 free). At the latter meet she finished 23rd in the mile, 16th in the 200 breast, and 32nd in the 200 IM. She also would have been top-16 in the mile.

Top SCY times:

  • 200 breast – 2:15.80
  • 100 breast – 1:03.49
  • 400 IM – 4:20.64
  • 200 IM – 2:04.38
  • 1650 free – 17:05.13
  • 1000 free – 10:09.42
  • 500 free – 4:57.68
  • 200 back – 2:04.58

The Bearcats finished second to Houston in the women’s meet at 2019 AAC Championships. Although they only score two finals at the conference meet, Young’s best times would already score in the A finals of the 200 breast and 400 IM and the B finals of the 500 free, 100 breast and 200 IM.

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