Jr Pan Pac Champion and Top 400 IMer in Class, Emma Weyant, Verbals to UVA

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Emma Weyant of the Sarasota YMCA Sharks has verbally committed to the University of Virginia for 2020.

Weyant swam to an 8th place finish at U.S. Summer Nationals last year in the 400 IM. Her performance there qualified her for the 2018 Jr Pan Pacs, where she won gold in the event and bronze in the 800 free for Team USA. At the 2019 YMCA SC Nationals this month, Weyant won the 500 free, 1000 free, 200 IM, and 400 IM titles.

“Extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Virginia! I can’t thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates enough for their endless support. GO HOOS!!!”


  • 100y free – 50.00
  • 200y free – 1:47.34
  • 500y free – 4:43.80
  • 1000y free – 9:39.41
  • 1650y free – 16:30.02
  • 200y breast – 2:15.45
  • 200y IM – 1:58.07
  • 400y IM – 4:07.63
  • 200m free – 2:01.97
  • 400m free – 4:12.62
  • 800m free – 8:37.75
  • 200m IM – 2:16.85
  • 400m IM – 4:40.64

Representing Riverview High School, Weyant swam to 2018 FHSAA 4A state titles in both the 200 IM and 500 free.

When we did our rankings for the top 20 recruits in the 2020 class in April of 2018, the top 400 IM’er in the class was #11 Kathryn Ackerman at 4:10.20. She’s since dropped down to 4:07.79, just behind Weyant, and is a verbal commitment to Michigan.

Weyant has a good case to make the top 10 if we were to re-rank now. At this point last year, she was 1:49/4:45 in the free and 2:02/4:11 in the IMs– she’s made huge strides since then. In long course, her most impressive drop has been in the 400 IM, where she went from 4:48 to 4:40 in one year.

At the 2019 ACC Champs, Weyant would’ve made A finals in the 500 free, 200 IM, and 400 IM with her best times. She also would’ve made the 200 free B final, the 200 breast C final, and placed 12th in the mile. At the NCAA level, Weyant’s 400 IM time would’ve scored in the B final, less than three seconds out from the A final cut-off.

Weyant is the fourth verbal commit to the ‘Hoos’ class of 2024, and all four commits have NCAA-scoring times so far. #2 Alex Walsh has pretty ridiculous range: she has NCAA A final qualifying times in the 100 back, 100 breast, 200 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM and would have been a B-finalist in the 50 free and 200 back. Additionally, #17  Anna Keating would’ve been five hundredths from making the 100 breast A final and #20 Abby Harter is quick enough to score in the 200 fly B final.

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Craig p

Clicked on this. How awful. A bunch of adults stalking and fawning over teenagers. Pathetic!


You should never look at college football recruiting forums my friend


This link is actually terrifying. Do minors have any internet privacy anymore if they’re intent on playing a sport in college?


If they set their social media to private, yes.

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They unfortunately do not learn this until college. There needs to be required seminars in HS for potential NCAA athletes or given some kind of “test” to enter the NCAA clearing house on how to handle their social media accounts, or club/HS coaches should start to tell kids this stuff when they are freshman or before they become serious about competing at the next level. However, most if not everything in that thread showed nothing wrong, or anything that they probably didn’t mind being public.


Sounds like a job for parents…

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Mmmhmmm… I agree. But many of these now elite high school swimmers never had parents who were ever in that position themselves (NCAA athletes with access to social media). I think over time, the generation that started with myspace, facebook etc will start to have high school aged kids and it will get better. But let’s also be honest here, there are plenty of adults with kids in college or high school who are not very smart about their social media presence…. even some as old as 72…..


i would love for posters on swimswam to provide more of this. Be the wikileaks of collegiate swimming


I’m confused as to what the point of this link is


Okay UVA is a major top 3 threat in the next few years

Kid Carter

They’ve never done that though. Guess we’ll see. I predict UVA is the new David Marsh’s Auburn.


Disagree as I assume UVA is playing by the rules.

Joel Lin

Top 3s are a given now. Realistic chance UVa wins an NCAA w/in 5 years.

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Nothing’s a given!! Not that I’m a fan, but you must have purposely or willingly forgotten about Stanford! Wishing ya’ll luck though. Would like to see some other team besides Stanford “take it all”!!


Congrats Emma! Great choice all around. Wishing you the best!


why did anyone downvote this?


Cal fans?

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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