The Indiana women have gotten two big verbal commitments from sprinters this week, which will help buoy one of the weakest parts of their lineup.
Delaney Barnard from Tallahassee, Florida, has given her pledge to the Hoosiers, joining Ali Rockett who also committed this week.
Barnard swims for ATAC in the Starr’s capital, and also for the powerhouse Chiles High School program. When she and fellow team captain Cece Williams, a still-uncommitted senior, started at Chiles, they’d never won a Florida State Championship. Now, those two have never seen defeat: running off three consecutive state titles.
Barnard’s contributions have been a big part of that run. Her best times in the 50-200 yard freestyles are 23.4/50.2/1:48.85, though all of those times were back as a high school freshman.
Still, if she can get back on that track on her way to Indiana, she has the potential to be a big pick up for them. Between her, Rockett, and 2013-2014 freshman Olivia Barker, among others, Indiana sprinting is transforming from a weakness to at least a potential strength.