College sophomore-to-be Mary Pelton will transfer to the University of Virginia in the fall after 1 season with the UCLA Bruins.
Pelton came out of high school as primarily a sprint freestyler (50-200) and 200 IMer, but in her one year in Westwood she swam a lifetime best in just one event: the 500 yard free.
In her best events, she was well off the pace of what she swam in high school while training at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
Pelton’s best events (best time in high school/best time in college):
- 50 free: 22.93/23.58
- 100 free: 50.35/50.99
- 200 free: 1:46.59/1:49.78
- 100 back: 55.60/no swim
- 200 IM: 1:58.87/2:02.05
All of those season-best times at UCLA were done at mid-season meets, and she was well short of even those marks at the Pac-12 Championships and missed scoring in any individual events.
If she can get back to form, Pelton will join a Virginia short-free group that picked up big points at NCAAs despite not having any scorers in the 50 or 100 freestyles. The Virginia 200 free relay was 6th at NCAAs, the 400 free relay was 10th, and the 800 free relay was 4th. The Cavaliers graduated just one swim from across those three free relays.
Pelton overlapped in the Pac-12 for one year with sister Liz Pelton, who is an American Record holder and swam her senior season last year at Cal.