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Ventura, California’s Grace Endaya has announced her intention to spend her collegiate swimming career at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Ventura High School junior will begin with the Gauchos in the fall of 2021.
“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to pursue my academic and swimming careers at UC Santa Barbara! I chose UCSB because the character on this team is second to none, and all the coaches and athletes are so incredibly welcoming, dedicated, and supportive. Not only is UCSB a beautiful place, but it provides me with every single aspect I look for in a team, as well as the perfect balance of academics and athletics. I have never seen such a hard-working, kind, uplifting environment as I have at UCSB. I am so excited to join such a well-rounded team, and I look forward to seeing how I can contribute to this amazing program. Go Gauchos!”
Endaya is a junior at Ventura High School. At the 2019 CIF-Southern Section Division 3 Championships, the then-sophomore finished 6th in the 50 free (24.33) and 6th in the 100 free (52.38). She also anchored the 4th-place 400 free relay (52.05) and the 9th-place 200 free relay (24.00). Endaya swims year-round for Buenaventura Swim Club. She competed at Mt. Hood Sectionals last summer in the 50/100/200 free and swam the same events, plus the 100 fly, at CA/NV Sectionals in December. There, she was runner-up in the 100 free and placed 5th in the 200 free and 20th in the 50 free.
Endaya’s best times would have scored for the Gauchos at 2020 MPSF Championships in the 200 free (A final), 100 free (B final), and 50 free (C final).
Top SCY times:
- 50 free – 23.99
- 100 free – 51.74
- 200 free – 1:50.74
- 500 free – 5:08.08
- 100 fly – 58.85
- 100 breast – 1:09.45
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