Freestyler Natalie Clausen from the Waukesha Express Swim Team in Wisconsin has verbally committed to the Tulane Green Wave.
She will provide a new wrinkle to the Green Wave program that has lacked a real distance threat in the American Athletic Conference.
In yards, her best times are:
- 200 free – 1:52.60
- 500 free – 4:54.17
- 1000 free – 10:01.90
- 1650 free – 16:39.69
- 200 back – 2:05.10
- 400 IM – 4:26.58
Those times in the 500 and 1650 free, based on last season’s times, would’ve put her in the top 8 in the conference in both races, something Tulane didn’t have, and would’ve made her the conference champion in the mile.
Even as the AAC continues to improve in quality and stature with teams like SMU, Connecticut, East Carolina, and Cincinnati, the distance freestyles are a conference weakness. Clausen’s presence for Tulane in their second year in the new conference in 2015-2016 after a 6th-place finish in Conference USA last year.
Clausen was the runner-up at the Wisconsin Division I High School State Championship in the 500 free last year. She placed 2nd behind now-graduated teammate Kaersten Meitz as part of Waukesha South’s state title.