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Nation’s Capital Swim Club senior Janet Hu has become the first major female swimmer to commit in the class of 2014, as she verbally committed to Stanford according to collegeswimming.com’s recruiting database.
Hu, who we ranked as the #2 recruit in the class of 2014, is a highly versatile sprinter with bests of 52.0 in the 100 yard back, 1;53.4 in the 200 yard back, 22.1 in the 50 free, 52.0 in the 100 fly, and 1:55.7 in the 200 fly.
Even with the loaded classes of backstrokers coming out, a 52.0 in the 100 backstroke should put her in the top 8 as a freshman, as it should in the fly.
For head coach Greg Meehan, who took over the program prior to last season, this is his second huge recruit in as many years, as last fall he landed a commitment from Olympian Lia Neal, who is arguably the #2 recruit in her class as well. The year before that, Maddy Schaefer was probably the class’ top sprinter. That’s three straight years of getting the #1 or #2 sprinter in the class, which means that Stanford’s sprint free relays that were 4th and 5th at NCAA’s in 2013 could be even better for the next half-a-decade.
Though recruits cannot sign until later in the fall, July 1st is the first day that coaches are allowed to call recruits on a regular basis and discuss scholarships, so this should be the beginning of a rush on commitments. Last year, we saw an unusually early verbal commitment season, and between Hu and Paul Powers (already committed to Michigan) it would seem as though things are going to get even earlier this year.