Lindsey Engel Verbally Commits to Stanford

Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan, if the class holds up until signing day, is well on his way to the #1 class in the country. After Janet Hu verbally committed to his program earlier this week, Lindsey Engel gave her pledge this week as well. We rated her as the #5 recruit in the class of 2014, giving Stanford two of our top 5 commits.

Engel has best times of 22.2 in the 50 yard free and 48.9 in the 100 yard free to go along with 53-lows in both the 100 fly and the 100 back.

She garnered big national headlines in May when she broke the CIF-Southern Section Division III record that had been held by the legendary Dara Torres.

Engel swims for the JCC Waves in Irvine, California and attends school at Crean Lutheran.

Though early commitments like these were probably strongly considered for some time, the Stanford women’s program had a very good meet last week at the 2013 World Championship Trials, where Maya DiRado won the 400 IM and Felicia Lee also had a very good meet.

This class now has a 22.1 50 freestyler in Hu, and a 22.2 50 freestyler in Engel. To go with 2013 freshman and Olympic sprinter Lia Neal, the Stanford women line up to be very good for a long time.

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John Sampson
7 years ago

WOW!! Their 200-400 free relays will be insane!!! If they could nab Simone Manuel they would be untouchable…Stanford is where I hope she chooses.

Is Lindsey leaning towards the fly or back? I’m just thinking of what her 3rd event would be. Cause whatever one she doesn’t focus on Janet hu will be right there to fill in (or vise versa). Stanford is hot right now!!! Congrats Lindsey.

bobo gigi
Reply to  John Sampson
7 years ago

Yes, Stanford is on fire! And if they could also catch Miss Manuel it would be crazy! It would be a good idea for her to go in such a great sprint group of girls with Lia Neal, Maddy Schaefer, Lindsey Engel and Janet Hu. But perhaps she will stay in her home state Texas or will go to Cal, Tennessee, Arizona or Auburn, the other good places for women’s sprint.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Swimmers from Houston are way more likely to become longhorns than swimmers from Dallas, at least men. Why is that, Braden?

Sizzlin Lizzurd
7 years ago

Wonder if Greg Meehan is going after Poppe…. That could be a big steal with Cal sitting there with this glaring need and Poppe being a local area swimmer (Danville?). Stanford has Hasse and Olsen, but Poppe already goes 27.0 in a 50, could contribute in a relay right away.

Hugo Miller
Reply to  Sizzlin Lizzurd
7 years ago

Will Alley Howe be next? She’s from Palo Alto!!

Reply to  Hugo Miller
7 years ago

It’s been reported Howe’s 3 finalists are Stanford, Cal, and USC. Punahou’s been a feeder to Stanford (Michelle Wie) for decades, so it wouldn’t be a shock if Jasmine Mau ends up there. Meaghan Raab’s parents are Stanford grads. Don’t think they get all three, but 2 out of 3 isn’t out of the question.

Stanford’s recruiting is a little bit out of synch. If they could immediately add Hu, Engel, etc… to next year’s team (DiRado, Lee, Maddy, Haase, Neal), they’d be a national championship contender.

John Sampson
Reply to  duckduckgoose
7 years ago

I don’t see why they wouldn’t be able to get all 3; it’s very slim but very possible! Stanford has arguably the best academics in the country and Greg has proven that he can develop swimmings in both the NCAA and internationally. If I were a recruit I would be very, very curious and want in on the program.

Anyone have any idea where Simone and Kylie Stewart are looking? Both are huge pick ups. Good luck to both!

Reply to  Sizzlin Lizzurd
7 years ago

Poppe had one fast swim LAST year. She made now the Jr. Nat team with 1:13(!?- a joke). There are few other faster swimmers than her today in Breastroke AND Freestyle.
Look around!

Reply to  Swimmm
7 years ago

Wrong Mr. Hater. This is only speculation about who Stanford might be recruiting. Nothing more. The JNAT team will be resolved in August. So relax.

Hugo Miller
7 years ago

Another HUGE grab by Stanford! Wow!

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