Mik Ranslem, butterfly and I.M. specialist from Canyons Aquatic Club, has changed her commitment from Boise State to the University of Arizona. The swimmer was released after Boise State’s Kristin Hill resigned.
“I was shocked to hear about Kristin Hill resigning and I was really sad and a little confused about it, but I talked to my club coach who helped me in making the decision to start looking at other schools,” said Ranslem on the switch.
Ranslem has made some significant improvements since her original commitment. Her most significant drops came in the butterfly events and the 400 I.M. She dropped her 100 fly from a 55.19 to a 53.86 and her 200 fly from a 2:00.41 to a 1:57.86. In the 400 I.M., she cut nearly 7 full seconds, bringing her time from a 4:26.79 to a 4:19.82.
After making that improvement in the 200 fly, Arizona will fill the space left by All-American Elizabeth Pepper, who graduated in May after qualifying for the 2015 NCAA championships in that event.
Ranslem’s Top Yards Times in Primary Events
50 free- 23.80
100 fly- 53.86
200 fly- 1:57.86
200 I.M.- 2:00.92
400 I.M.- 4:19.82
With those times, she’s already in position to score in 3 events at the conference meet. Based on the 2015 Pac-12 Championships results, her 2:00.92 200 I.M. would have slid her into the top 16 on the first day of individual competition.
She’ll have her options open on the 2nd day. Her bests in the 400 I.M. and 100 fly would have landed her in 13th and 19th place respectively. With the depth of Arizona’s incoming freshman class in the 100 fly, it wouldn’t be surprising to see her lean towards the I.M. event.
Her 200 fly time would sit at 9th by just .01, as Pepper rounded out last season’s championship final in 1:57.85.
Ranslem will continue to look towards qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials and will join the Wildcats in August.
“With Trials being next year, I felt I needed a more stable program going into a meet like that. After looking at some schools, Arizona and another school were the top 2, and in the end I picked Arizona. I’m also really excited that I’m going to the same school as my current coach, Coley Stickels, and carrying on the tradition of handling the heat similar to Mike Trout.”