Greg Meehan has done it again and grabbed another top-tier recruit, this one out of the Bellevue Club Swim Team and Bellevue High School in Washington.
Williams is an incredible all-around swimmer who can swim all four strokes at the collegiate level. Her best times in yards:
- 50 free – 23.66
- 100 free – 51.27
- 200 free – 1:50.87
- 100 back – 56.91
- 200 back – 1:59.73
- 100 breast – 1:02.11
- 200 breast – 2:14.72
- 100 fly – 55.68
- 200 fly – 1:59.40
- 200 IM – 1:58.80
- 400 IM – 4:12.80
She’s a true IM star, which leaves the door open for her to specialize in whatever individual stroke events develops best. She got her first taste of representing Team USA at the 2014 Jr. Pan Pac Championships in Hawaii, where she placed 3rd in the 200 IM in 2:14.18.
She was also the 2014 long course Junior National Champion in both the 200 IM and 400 IM.
It’s hard to say how Williams will fit into the Stanford team, which is now so deep in every race. When she arrives on campus, Stanford will be deep pretty much everywhere, with the one real hole being the IM’s – Williams’ specialty. That could be a great fit for her because she doesn’t need to fit into any relays, but could develop into a valuable relay swimmer in the long term like Maya DiRado did.
Meehan’s 2015 class now includes #1 recruit Katie Ledecky, #6 recruit Ella Eastin, Kaitlyn Albertoli, and Williams. Williams and Eastin are the #1 and #2 ranked 200 and 400 IM’ers on the 2014 U.S. Junior National Team, and are the #2 and #5-ranked 18-and-unders overall in the 200 IM.
Williams is the two-time defending Washington 3A (middle-sized schools) State Champion in the 200 IM, and the three-time defending State Champion in the 100 breaststroke.