Maggie Stovall of the Baylor School and Baylor Swim Club in Tennessee has verbally committed to the Marshall Thundering Herd.
Stovall, who is a career-long member of the swim team based out of the day school and boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is primarily a freestyler and butterflier, with yards bests of:
- 50 free – 24.71
- 100 free – 52.14
- 200 free -1 :53.15
- 100 fly – 58.63
While she will have some drops to make to be in scoring position individually at the Conference USA Championships, but will immediately have an impact upon Marshall’s free relays. Last year, for example, she would have been their fastest flat-start 100 freestyler.
The relays are where the thundering herd really need help to compete within their conference. Last year, they were 9th out of 9 teams overall, and were the lowest-placing legal team in each of the five relay events. The Herd, however, have some momentum, with the two best swims on their 400 free relay last year coming from freshmen. If Stovall continues the improvement arc she’s shown in the last few years (dropped a second in the 100 as a sophomore, another seven-tenths as a junior), that could be the spark the Herd need to start the long climb out of a hole in the surprisingly-deep Conference USA.