Euro Juniors Semifinalist Kim Herkle of Germany Verbals to Louisville for 2021

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Germany’s Kim Herkle has verbally committed to the University of Louisville for the fall of 2021, joining their class of 2025.

TOP TIMES (LCM / SCY conv.)

  • 50 breast – 32.41 / 28.29
  • 100 breast – 1:09.81 / 1:01.09
  • 200 breast – 2:27.66 / 2:11.22
  • 200 IM – 2:17.60 / 2:01.08

Primarily a breaststroker, Herkle qualified for semifinals in all three breaststroke distances at the 2019 European Junior Championships last summer in long course. She couldn’t compete in the 100 breast semis as she was the third German athlete after prelims (only two per country can continue), but she went on to place 11th in the 200 breast and 15th in the 50 breast. She also took third at the 2019 German National LC Champs a month after Euro Juniors.

In January of 2020, Herkle swam to third place in the 200 breast at the 2020 Luxembourg Euro Meet.

Herkle, who is best at the 200 distance, will join a strong breaststroke group at Louisville. Last year, the Cardinals had three women sub-1:00 and two under 2:10 in the 100 and 200, respectively. Kaylee Wheeler led them in the 100 (59.04) and Morgan Friesen in the 200 (2:07.24). Friesen and 59.2/2:08.1 breaststroker Mariia Astashkina are both rising seniors, while Wheeler will get one year of overlap with Herkle.

As far as breaststroke goes, Louisville has Addie Farrington (1:01.0/2:12.3) and Gabi Albiero (1:01.4/2:16.2) incoming, and Adry Kasemets (1:01.8/2:22.3) is also in the class of 2025. Herkle, Kasemets, and sprint freestyler Madie Hall make up the Louisville class of 2025 so far.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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