Krista Wheeler Changes Commitment from Alabama to Nearby Louisville

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After announcing her verbal commitment to the University of Alabama almost a year ago, Krista Wheeler has changed her commitment to the University of Louisville.

Wheeler’s from the city of Louisville, where she trains with Cardinal Aquatics, and she’ll now join her older sister Kaylee Wheeler this fall. Kaylee will be a senior and a key breaststroker on the roster next season, and she’s racing at NCAAs this week.

I am so excited to be able to announce that I will be continuing the next chapter of my athletic and academic career at the University of Louisville. Thank you to everyone who has helped me through the process❤️🖤Go Cards❤️🖤


  • 100 back – 53.27
  • 200 back – 1:57.95
  • 50 free – 23.23
  • 100 free – 50.54
  • 200 free – 1:50.04
  • 500 free – 4:57.38
  • 100 breast – 1:04.37
  • 100 fly – 55.30
  • 200 IM – 2:03.93

Wheeler is a senior at Louisville Collegiate School where she is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. At the 2020 Kentucky HS State Championships, Wheeler was the 100 back runner-up (53.67), while she placed fourth in the 50 free (23.46).

At the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East, Wheeler finished 18th in the 100 back. She’ll join Louisville’s sprint group, and will overlap with current freshman standout sprinters Tristen Ulett and Gabi Albiero for at least three seasons.

Wheeler joins Kim Herkle, Adry Kasemets, Fernanda Celidonio and Madie Hall in the Louisville class of 2025.

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PR 1-0
2 years ago


Last edited 2 years ago by PR 1-0
2 years ago

the first of many? interested to see how all the coley problems affect their recruiting

Reply to  collegeswammer
2 years ago

Maybe the first of many, but i think Bama not having Coley is the ‘problem’ here. But keep blaming him for everything.

Alabama S & C/part time lover
Reply to  PappaSnurf
2 years ago

How about “institutional instability”, or not being able to swim for the coach you committed to, or perhaps not wanting to swim for a first time head coach with very very short coaching history (Margo’s future success is unknown, wish her the best, but it’s v different than what this kid originally signed up for)

Reply to  Alabama S & C/part time lover
2 years ago

Agreed. With Coley gone, a new coach w literally no work experience, and uncertainty about the future of the program (performance wise), i can see why someone would opt to go elsewhere.

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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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