Former Junior National Teamer Jorie Caneta has decided to transfer from Arizona State to Texas A&M University after her freshman season in the NCAA and will join a loaded Aggie breaststroke group in the fall.
Caneta is almost exclusively a breaststroker, with yards bests of:
- 100 breaststroke – 1:00.83
- 200 breaststroke – 2:12.73
Both of those best times came during her freshman season at Arizona State, with the 200 notably being done at Texas A&M’s pool during the mid-season Art Adamson Invitational.
Coming out of high school, Caneta’s best times were 1:02.1 in the 100 breast and 2:18.70 in the 200 breast, so this transfer comes despite significant improvements in her rookie campaign that included beating her previous bests on multiple occasions.
Caneta says that her decision to leave Arizona State, though, wasn’t related to her success as a freshman, nor the recent announcement of Michael Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman as the replacement for the recently-fired Dorsey Tierney-Walker.
Rather, the decision was made “long ago” and had to do with a difficult commute for Caneta that included having to take classes in downtown Phoenix, she says.
Texas A&M had four breaststrokers go faster than 1 minute in the 100 last season (out of the 29 nationally who did it), and two of the top 20 in the country in the 200. None of those four primary breaststrokers were seniors last year.
Caneta is originally from Bakersfield, California and represented the United States at the 2014 Junior Pan Pac Championships.