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Another day, another blue-chip recruit for Jack Bauerle and the women of Georgia, as today Rachel Zilinskas from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Like Emily Cameron and Olivia Smoliga before her, Zilinskas has some good versatility, but her primary events are the freestyles 200 yards above.
In the NCAA distances, Zilinskas has been a 1:47.11, 4:40.04, and 15:59 in the 200/500/1650, respectively. That time in the 1650, specifically, would have been enough for 8th place at last year’s NCAA Championships.
Zilinskas comes from the legendary distance tradition at the Germantown Academy that has recently produced stars like Fran Crippen and Arthur Frayler. She’s also on the Junior National Open Water team, along with Germantown teammate Bryan Draganosky.
She will have a nice two-year overlap with sophomore Amber McDermott in the Georgia distance group, after McDermott was the top freshman distance swimmer in the country last year.
As far as a third event for Zilinskas in the NCAA schedule after the 500 and the mile, the 200 backstroke is probably her next-best event, with a time of 1:56.43. The NCAA doesn’t make the 1650-200 back double conducive on the last day of competition (though not unheard of), a day 2 400 IM with a 4:17 could be a success for her as well.