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Danish sprinter Emily Gantriis has signed a national letter of intent (NLI) with the Cal women, making the class of 2024 grow to seven women.
TOP TIMES (LCM/SCY converted)
- 50 free – 25.49 / 22.24
- 100 free – 55.61 / 48.65
- 200 free – 2:01.38 / 1:46.46
- 400/500 free – 4:23.22 / 4:54.92
Gantriis competed for Denmark at the 2019 World Championships this past summer, where she swam to a 37th-place finish in the 200 free (2:05.44). Recently, Gantriis competed at the Budapest stop of the 2019 FINA World Cup tour, where she reached the final in the 50 free and 100 free. She posted a 25.67 for sixth in the 50 and a 56.39 for seventh in the 100, though she was a bit quicker in prelims (56.04).
Gantriis is an important snag; Cal needs sprint talent to mitigate the losses of outgoing American record-holding sprinters Abbey Weitzeil (individual 50y free, 200y and 400y free relays) and Maddie Murphy (200y free relay). While the incoming class has some freestyle firepower, it doesn’t have the pure sprint spark that other top programs have coming in; that said, Gantriis’ long course prowess in the 50 and 100 free would rank very highly in any of the high school classes of recent memory.
With her converted times, Gantriis looks likely to jump onto Cal relays from the get-go. She’s also at Pac-12 A-final level speed in the 50 and 100 free and in B-level range in the 200 free, while her 50 free and 100 free converted time would’ve missed NCAA individual invites by hundredths to last season. Gantriis would’ve ranked #4 in the 50 free, #5 in the 200 free, and #6 in the 100 free on Cal’s roster last year.
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