Houston Gets Verbal from 2x Arizona HS Butterfly Champ, Katie Higgins

“So stoked to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the University of Houston and to become a part of the Coog family. From the first time I met coach Hannah, to my official visit and meeting Coach Ryan, I knew that the team atmosphere, academics and the family feel were exactly what I was looking for in the place to call home for the next 4 years. Go Coogs!”

Katie Higgins has verbally committed to swim for the University of Houston, beginning with the 2017-18 season. A two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from Scottsdale, Arizona, Higgins swims for Veritas Preparatory Academy and Phoenix Swim Club. Higgins is the reigning Arizona State High School Division II champion in the 100 fly (55.39) and the fourth-place finisher in the 100 back (1:00.08).

Swimming for Phoenix Swim Club, Higgins finished the long course season with a strong meet at Mount Hood Sectionals, where she scored top-8 in the 100m fly and top-16 in the 200m fly. Higgins also competed in the 50 free and 100 back.

Her best SCY times include:

  • 100 fly – 55.39
  • 200 fly – 2:09.14
  • 50 free – 24.94
  • 100 free – 54.56
  • 100 back – 1:00.08

Higgins will add immediate firepower to the Cougars’ lineup; her 100 fly would already have scored in the B final at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championships, and she’s not far off in the 200 fly and 50 free (the AAC only scores two finals).

Houston is having a banner year in recruiting. The following have also made verbal commitments to the University of Houston class of 2021:

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email to [email protected].


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About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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