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Bella Kelly of Mauldin High School and Team Greenville of Taylors, South Carolina has announced her verbal commitment to swim for Delta State starting in the fall of 2019. Primarily a distance swimmer that also excels in the IMs, Kelly has career-best times in the 200 yard breaststroke/400 yard IM/1650 yard freestyle that would all land her within the top 16 fastest times in the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference for the 2018-2019 season.
At the 2019 South Carolina YSSC Palmetto Championships, Kelly showed off her range by taking 9th in the 50-yard freestyle (25.98) and 3rd in the 100-yard freestyle (54.98). At the 2018 South Carolina High School State Meet in October, she took 5th place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.67) and 8th in the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.64).
Best Times in Yards:
- 200 free – 1:55.65
- 500 free – 5:10.18
- 1650 free – 17:54.06
- 200 IM – 2:12.13
- 400 IM – 4:37.20
- 200 breast – 2:27.68
When Kelly gets to Delta State in the fall, she will be bringing with her career-best times in the 1650 yard freestyle and 400 yard IM that would rank her 5th fastest on the team from last year and a career-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke that would make her 4th fastest on last year’s team. She will be joining fellow distance swimmer Sommer Rhodes as a member of the Class of 2023 for coach Dan’l Murray.
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