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Backstroke specialist Alexandra Nelson has verbally committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, joining an outstanding class of incoming swimmers.
Nelson comes from Howell, Michigan and competes for Club Wolverine, the partner club to the University of Michigan. She also attends Hartland High School, and will be wrapping up her senior year of high school in the spring of 2016.
“I chose University of Kentucky because of the team, coaches, and academics,” Nelson told SwimSwam. “I felt at home when I was on my visit, and I know that I am going to be able to reach my full potential in both athletics and academics at Kentucky. Go Cats!!!”
Nelson specializes in backstroke, and should be part of a strong young backstroke corps in Lexington next fall.
Nelson’s Top Times
- 100 yard back: 56.48
- 200 yard back: 2:00.79
- 100 meter back: 1:06.07
- 200 meter back: 2:19.56
Nelson joins a Kentucky team that will be loaded up in the backstrokes moving forward. Last year, Danielle Galyer was the SEC champion in the 200 back, and will be a senior during Nelson’s freshman campaign. Current sophomore Bridgette Alexander was also an A finalist in the 200 back and a B finalist in the 100.
They also signed top-20 recruits Ali Galyer and Asia Seidt earlier this recruiting season, giving them the potential to have three incoming freshmen under 56 and 2:00 in the 100 and 200 backs, if Nelson drops a little time her senior year.
If all pans out, Kentucky could have a rock-solid stroke discipline in backstroke to build around as they try to rise in a crowded SEC.
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