Florida Gators Secure Verbal Commitment from #5 Zoe Dixon for 2022-23

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Richmond, Virginia’s Zoe Dixon is heading to Gainesville in the fall of 2022. She gave a verbal commitment to the University of Florida and will join Anna Moore, Isabella Lojewski, Mallory Schleicher, and #20 Scarlet Martin in the class of 2026.

I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of Florida! I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me through it all. I can’t wait to be a Gator!🐊🧡💙 #GoGators

Dixon is ranked 5th on our Way Too Early list of girls from the high school class of 2022. She is a junior at Mills E. Godwin High School and swims year-round for NOVA of Virginia. A polyvalent talent, she is an outstanding IMer with a 400 time that is close to scoring in the top-8 at NCAAs. She has 2020 Olympic Trials standards in the 100/200 back and 200/400 IM.

Dixon won the 200 IM (1:57.22) and was runner-up in the 100 back (54.29) as a sophomore at the 2020 VHSL Class 5 State Championships in February. Her IM time broke Samantha Tadder’s 5A state record (she beat Tadder by .19 in the final) as well as Torri Huske’s all-time Virginia high school record. Dixon also contributed to the state-champion 200 medley relay (24.40 butterfly leg) and the runner-up 200 free relay (23.51 leadoff).

Dixon is one of the top talents in the state of Virginia, all ages combined. At the LSC Senior Short Course Championships in March, she placed top-4 in the 100 back, 200 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM and left the meet with PBs in the 50/100/200 back, 100 breast, and 400 IM. She had an excellent showing in December at the U.S. Open, finaling in all her events (200 back and 200/400 IM), but many of her best LCM times come from January’s NOVA Long Course Winter Invitational. There, she won the 200 back (2:13.86) and 400 IM (4:45.18), was runner-up in the 100 back (1:02.51), 100 fly (1:00.79), and 200 IM (2:16.95), and took 5th in the 200 fly (2:18.39).

Best SCY times:

  • 400 IM – 4:06.43
  • 200 IM – 1:57.22
  • 200 back – 1:55.42
  • 100 back – 53.81
  • 200 fly – 1:59.03
  • 100 fly – 54.62
  • 100 breast – 1:02.28

Dixon’s best times are already scorable for the Gators at SEC Championships. She would have been top-8 in the 400 IM, top-16 in the 200 back, and top-24 in the 100 back and 200 fly at the 2020 conference meet.

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BearlyBreathing
29 days ago

‘Defect’ is a strong word to use for a high schooler. Given our current politically charged climate and the history of the state of Virginia in general, I would probably not use that even on a swimming blog site. Just a thought. Also, congratulations and best of luck to Ms. Dixon.

Last edited 29 days ago by BearlyBreathing
Swim limbo
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
29 days ago

‘Defect to’ (verb) is completely different than ‘defect’ (noun). She is leaving Virginia for Florida. Nothing else is implied.

SwimFani
Reply to  Swim limbo
28 days ago

Appears to me every SA who leaves their home state defects to another state. Regardless this young lady is a super catch for the Girl Gators! There could be a shift in where the SEC Team Trophy sits in 2021! (For the girls as the Gator Men seem to have a lock on that.)

dmswim
Reply to  SwimFani
28 days ago

Women, not girls please. If you are going to call the male team men, please call the female team women.

SwimFani
Reply to  dmswim
27 days ago

Freedom of speech precludes me from bending the knee to your request.

swimfan
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
29 days ago

This is a very innocent article. . . not everything needs to be looked at through a microscope. It’s not that deep!!

Swimfan
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
29 days ago

Seriously. They don’t all have to go to uva.

Coach
29 days ago

Congrats Zoe. I’ve enjoyed watching you race over the years. You’re a fierce competitor.

Svetlana
29 days ago

Congratulations Zoe!

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