The Rutgers women have picked up their biggest verbal commitment thus far this fall, as Germantown distance swimmer Emily Erwin will join the Scarlet Knights when the Scarlet Knights are joining the Big Ten next fall.
Erwin’s best freestyles swims in 200 yard-and-up races. are 1:52.70, 4:54.71, 10:00.08, and 16:41.54. She’s also been as good as 4:27.3 in the 400 yard IM, but that was during just her sophomore year of high school.
Though her yards times perhaps don’t make it obvious, in long course this summer she showed off a little bit of a spark in the breaststroke races as well, where she was 1:15.0 pre-taper in the 100, and a 2:36.8 at Junior Nationals in the 200.
That mile time is 18 seconds faster than anybody on the Rutgers team went last year, and so Erwin should turn over a new leaf for that program, which should be a big opportunity for them. She won’t automatically score as a freshman in the Big Ten, but she’s within the range it would take to score as a freshman, and Rutgers will be looking for all of the scorers they can get as they try and stake their claim in their new conference.
She will by no means be training alone, though. Current Rutgers sophomore Joanna Wu was a 4:49.99 in the 500 free last year as a freshman