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Anna Wetzel and Ella Drury have announced their verbal commitments to the University of Hawai’i in Manoa for the 2020-21 season. Both are from Centennial, Colorado and both swim for Aces Swim Club. They will join Southern California’s Malia Mills in the class of 2024. This will be new head coach Elliot Ptasnik’s first recruiting class as he has just stepped into his first season for the Rainbow Wahine.
Wetzel is a senior at Arapahoe High School in Littleton. She specializes in breaststroke and sprint free. At the 2019 CHSAA 5A Girls’ State Championships, she finished fourth in the 100 breast (1:03.61) and ninth in the 50 free (23.95). In club swimming, she competed at Phoenix Sectionals and earned PBs in the 100 free, 100 back, and 200 IM. She swam the 50/100 free and 100 breast at Futures this summer but her PBs in LCM events come primarily from 2018 Western Zone Senior Championships.
Top SCY times:
- 100 breast – 1:03.61 (1:03.51 altitude-adjusted)
- 200 breast – 2:26.59 (2:25.39 altitude-adjusted)
- 50 free – 23.95
- 100 free – 53.22
Drury attends Cherry Creek High School and, like Wetzel, specializes in breast, IM and free. She took sixth in the 100 breast (1:04.40) and 11th in the 200 IM (2:07.66) at last spring’s CHSAA 5A Girls’ State Championships. In club swimming this summer, she competed at Futures in the 100/200 breast and 200 IM. She wrapped up last SCY season at Phoenix Sectionals with new PBs in the 100 free, 100 breast, and 100 fly.
Top SCY times:
- 200 breast – 2:19.01
- 100 breast – 1:03.92
- 50 free – 23.83
- 100 free – 52.59
- 200 IM – 2:07.66 (2:06.46 altitude-adjusted)
Wetzel and Drury will join a strong breaststroke group in Manoa. Hawai’i placed two in the A final (including conference champion Kionna Clayton) and one in the B final of the 100 breast at 2019 MPSF Championships. They also had three A-finalist in the 200 breast, three in the 50 free, and one in the 100 free. They will overlap with Clayton and with sprinters Anna Kotonen, Lucia Lassman, Mia Tedesco, Karolina Hajkova, and Katie Strachan.
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