The Duke Blue Devils are cleaning-up in Virginia early in the class of 2016 recruiting. After NCAP’s Kylie Jordan verbally committed on Wednesday, Suzanne Dolan from Machine Aquatics gave her pledge late Thursday evening.
“I picked Duke because I was looking for a top notch education and they have that, and I also fell in love with the campus. After talking with the coaches for a few months I felt a real connection, so I went to do an unofficial and fell in love with the team. I am also very excited to have Kylie as a teammate.”
Dolan and Jordan will make fantastic complements to each other in Duke’s freshman class; whereas Jordan primarily specializes in the butterfly events and the 100/200 freestyles, Dolan’s best races are the breaststrokes, and the shorter 50/100 freestyles.
Best times in yards, through her junior season:
- 50 free – 22.81
- 100 free – 49.97
- 200 free – 1:49.71
- 100 breast – 1:01.84
- 200 breast – 2:17.64
- 200 IM – 2:02.65
While Duke has some very fast sprint freestylers coming in from their class of 2015, to supplement those already on campus, Dolan should have a shot at all 5 relays as a freshman for the Blue Devils. Besides the sprint freestyles, Dolan will also have a chance to battle for the top spot in what was Duke’s weakest discipline last season – the breaststrokes – with class of 2015 commit Alyssa Arwood, who comes to campus with a best of 1:01.1 in the 100 and 2:15.4 in the 200 breaststroke.
Dolan made huge time drops between her sophomore and junior seasons. At the 2014 Virginia High School League 6A State Championship meet (the biggest schools), she was 8th in the 50 free (24.4) for Yorktown High School and failed to even make the B-Final in the 100 freestyle (54.4). As a junior, she was the state champion in both, with a best time in the 50, and just shy of a best time in the 100 breaststroke.
Coming into her junior season, her previous best time in the 100 breaststroke was done more than two years earlier, as an 8th grader. She managed to improve that mark by two-and-a-half seconds. She also improved her best time in the 100 free by over a second (previous best done as a freshman), and her 50 free by half-a-second (previous best done as a freshman).
As a senior, Dolan says she’s going to focus on getting some Olympic Trials cuts, making long course her effort – similarly to comments made by classmate Jordan.
Dolan also played on her school’s highly-touted varsity tennis team as a freshman.