Former Arizona Wildcat Kait Flederbach has been granted a release from the University of Arizona, meaning that she will transfer for her one remaining year of eligibility. She has decided to go back to to her home state and swim for Indiana University.
In three years at Arizona, one under Frank Busch and two under Eric Hansen, Flederbach scored 7 All-American honors. In 2013, she was 17th at NCAA’s in the 50 free (just missing her season-best time of 22.31) and also placed 20th in the 100 free in 48.81.
She also swam the 3rd leg on Arizona’s American Record setting relay who were runners-up to Arizona in the 400 free relay at the NCAA Championships, and was also the 2nd leg on their NCAA Championship 200 free relay.
Flederbach’s biggest headline-stealing performance, though, was when she finished 6th in the 50 free at the 2012 Olympic Trials. She swam a 25.1 and almost joined the very rare American in the sub-25 second class. She finished 11th at this year’s World Championship trials.
Indiana University finished 11th at last years NCAA championships as a team, but lacked depth in the sprints. They did not swim the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay finished 15th. Their freestyler split a 23.03. Flederbach’s best time in the 50 freestyle from a flat start last season was 22.3. She will have an immediate impact on all of the relays, and the individual sprint events as well.
Flederbach is originally from the Indianapolis area, where she swam for Westfield High School and Viper Aquatics.