Maryland High School State Champion Adeline Donnick Commits to UNCW for 2024

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One of the top swimmers in the state of Maryland, Adeline Donnick has announced her college decision, committing to join the rapidly improving University of North Carolina, Wilmington in the fall of 2024. Donnick is currently finishing her junior year of high school at La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland and swims club with the Southern Maryland Aquatic Club.

“I am SO excited to be able to announce my verbal commitment to further my swimming and academic career at the University of North Carolina Wilmington! I would like to thank all of my coaches who have gotten me here. Can’t wait to be able to work with Coach Bobby! Go Hawks 🦅”

Donnick just finished her high school season last month, claiming two state titles for the second straight season. As a sophomore, she set the Maryland high school state record in the 100 back, touching in 53.68. She was a bit off of her lifetime best this year, capturing the title in 55.15. She also repeated as the state champion in the 100 free, narrowly missing the state record in 50.39. That record is currently held by Morgan Hill, who went on to be a multiple-time NCAA Championships finalist at the University of Virginia.

Last summer, Donnick was a finalist in all four of her events at the 2022 Futures Championships held in Geneva, Ohio. Her highest finish came in the 100 back, where she took 5th in a lifetime best of 1:03.85. She also added best times in the 50 free (26.90) and 200 back (2:22.80).

Top SCY Times

  • 50 free – 23.77
  • 100 free – 50.39
  • 200 free – 1:55.40
  • 100 back – 53.68
  • 200 back – 2:02.11

The Seahawk women are fresh off a season that saw them claim their first Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) Conference Championships title since 2006. The team was led by junior Brooke Knisely, who came home with a pair of individual golds after winning both the 500 and 1650 freestyles. Last season, Knisely was just the 6th woman in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

While UNCW was strong across the board, the backstroke events were arguably one of the program’s weak spots this season. Between the 100 and 200 backstrokes, the program had just three finals swims, with the highest finish being 5th in the 200 back. With a year of high school left to improve, Donnick already has times that would have not only earned her finals appearances but would have challenged for medals. This year, only one woman finished under 54.0 in the 100 back, with Towson’s Ally Frame winning that event in 53.19.

Not only will Donnick have the ability to score huge points at the conference level early in her college career, but she will also have the potential to rewrite the program’s record books. No member of the UNCW program has ever been faster than 54.0 in the 100 back. Her lifetime bests would also rank her within the top-10 of the 100 free and just outside the top-10 in the 50 free and 200 back.

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