Sprint freestyler Jennifer Kordik of the Mundelein Mustang Swim Club in Illinois has verbally committed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Kordik is a 23.65/52.57 sprint freestyler, and one that the Panthers will desperately need in the 2014-2015 season. The program lost three of its best five sprint freestylers at the end of last season, and in 2015 will lose the other two of those, meaning that they’ll start rebuilding largely around Kordik in her freshman year, with some support of Nicole Hutchins, Hannah Lucas, and Natalie Johnson.
Kordik’s best time in the 50 free is already .05 seconds better than the 23.71 UWM Freshman Record in the event.
The Horizon League has decent depth in the sprint freestyles among mid-major conferences, and so bringing Kordik up to speed in a hurry will be key to their continued success.
Kordik has an up-and-down junior season; her 50 free at NCSA’s wasn’t close to her best, but she did improve four-tenths off of her 100 free, and picking up a good, 51-second 100 freestyle as a senior will be the most important step for her development from the team perspective at UWM.
She’s also a very good sprint breaststroker, having been 1:04.79 in yards. This is a program that has some experience with sprint breaststrokers – All-American Emily McClellan, who graduated in the spring, was the best swimmer in program history.