Julia Cook Gives Longhorn Women Their First Verbal Commitment for 2018

The University of Texas women’s swimming and diving team pulled off a big coup, receiving a verbal commitment from in-state high school junior Julia Cook for the fall of 2018. Cook is a junior at Bryan High School in Bryan, Texas, just outside of College Station. She swims for Aggie Swim Club under head coach Henry Clark.

“I chose UT because of the amazing atmosphere the coaches and swimmers have created and the opportunities it gives to further my swimming and academic careers. I am looking forward to becoming a longhorn! Hook ’em!”

In three years of high school swimming, Cook remains undefeated in the 50 free and has won the 100 free twice. She owns both the 5A and Texas state records in both events. As a freshman she won the 50 free (23.50) and placed third in the 100 back (56.23) at the 2015 5A State Meet. The following year she won the 50 free (22.96, although she broke the 5A state record with 22.86 in prelims) and 100 free (49.27, breaking the 5A state record). In 2017, as a junior, Cook broke both the 5A and Texas state records in the 50 free with her winning 22.32, and again in the 100 free with 48.44. She also led off the Bryan medley relay in 24.33 and the 200 free relay in 22.38.

Cook is one of the best all-around sprinters in the high school class of 2018. Swimming for Aggie Swim Club last month at the NCSA Spring Junior National Championships, she won the 100 free (48.91) and 100 back (52.37) and was runner-up in the 50 free (22.52) and 50 fly (24.35). She also finaled in the 50 breast (29.66)

Cook’s top SCY times include:

  • 50 free – 22.32
  • 100 free – 48.44
  • 200 free – 1:45.35
  • 50 back – 24.33
  • 100 back – 52.37
  • 200 back – 1:54.48
  • 100 fly – 53.64
  • 200 IM – 1:58.77

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5 years ago

Wow, great start to the class!

5 years ago

Such a shame people aren’t exercising their right to take recruiting trips. Seems like these coaches are selling the swimmers short. Why the rush to sign so quickly?

Reply to  SwimFan12
5 years ago

This could’ve always been a dream school for her. You never know.

Reply to  SwimFan12
5 years ago

As this is an in-state school, I’m guessing that she is most likely familiar with it.

Reply to  SwimFan12
5 years ago

If you could swim at any college why would you settle for the school down the road from this years 3rd place finishers?

Reply to  swim017
5 years ago

It is all about the future not the past!

Reply to  Shredman
5 years ago

I don’t think Steve Bultman is slowing down, his girls just keep getting better and better. Greg Meehan’s women don’t look to be slowing down either and neither do the Golden Bears

5 years ago

Great kid, great program!! Congratulations!

5 years ago

Im confused….When you click the embedded link on her name, her profile shows that she swims for Texas A&M?

Reply to  Help?
5 years ago

Help – there happens to be two Julia Cooks, who just happen to be from the same area, making it more confusing. Names automatically link to their bios when we tag them…we’re trying to work around this now.

Reply to  Braden Keith
5 years ago

Add in their middle names to their bios?
I hope their middle names aren’t the same…

Reply to  Help?
5 years ago

Looks like the article hyperlinks to another Julia Cook that swims for Texas A&M. Odd! It’s confusing. In any event, the hyperlink should be fixed. Hard to believe there’s two Julia Cook(s) from Texas that swim with some affiliation to Texas A&M or Aggie Swim Club, within just a few years of each other.

Reply to  Swimdad3747
5 years ago

This is exactly the case. There are two Julia Cook.

5 years ago

The female version of Bryan Jones. Congrats Julia!

Wait a Minute
Reply to  completelyconquered
5 years ago

Or is Bryan jones the male version of Julia Cook¿?

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