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Erin Ritz of Victor Senior High School and Victor Swim Club in Victor, New York, has announced her plans to swim for Xavier University in the fall of 2020. Primarily a distance freestyler, Ritz currently has career-best times in the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly that would have placed her within the top at the 2019 Big East Conference Championship meet.
Last season Ritz took 7th place in the 100-yard butterfly (56.94) and 16th place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.41) at the New York Girls Federation Championship meet. At the Speedo Champions Series – North – Ithaca back in March, Ritz took 19th place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.19), 12th in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:15.96), and 16th place in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:27.97).
Best Times in Yards:
- 100 fly – 55.95
- 200 free – 1:53.04
- 500 free – 4:58.83
- 1650 free – 17:25.03
- 1650 free – 17:25.03
Ritz will be joining an Xavier team that is fresh off a Big East Championships runner up campaign. Her career-best time in the 500-yard freestyle would have been second fastest on the team behind graduated senior Katie Kerr and her 100-yard butterfly best time would have been 4th fastest on the team, but numbers one and three milers in Caroline Gaertner and Anne Marie Cummins have exhausted their eligibility. Ritz is the first confirmed commitment of the class of 2024 for the Musketeers.
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