Heidi Poppe has verbally committed to Stanford. Her impact will be felt right away, her incoming time in the 100 breaststroke is only .2 seconds away from what it took to score at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
“I really wanted the total package, school and swimming alike. I feel that Stanford is the best place for me to achieve that.”
Poppe has a very specific set of skills that almost every team in the country is looking for right now: breaststroke. She’s the number 2-ranked 100 yard breaststroker in the class (behind Indiana’s Bethany Galat, but not by much).
Poppe’s bests in yards are 1:00.38 in the 100 and 2:13.14 in the 200. She still has some development to do in long course, but for NCAA purposes she’s going to be a monster on the medley relays.
Her best time in the 100 yard breaststroke would’ve put her 20th at last year’s NCAA Championships, though it’s likely that next year’s women’s breaststroke races won’t be quite as deep as the 2013 meet was.
Poppe has shown a propensity to swim well in big meets: she’s a two-time champion at the North Coast Section California Championship meet and the defending Winter Junior National Champion in the 100 yard race. She also split a 27.53 in the 50 breaststroke at this year’s NCS Championship meet for San Ramon Valley High School.
Other events in which she’s done well include the 200 IM (2:04.43) and the 100 fly (56.21), and she split as fast as 52.35 on a relay in the 100 yard free.
She will join a very crowded breaststroke group that includes already sophomore Sarah Haase and junior Katie Olsen, among others.
Poppe is on the younger end of this class. She trains with the Crown Canyon club team.
Poppe will be joining Janet Hu and Lindsey Engel, two young stars who have also verbally committed to Stanford.