National HS Record-Holder Torri Huske, #2 in the Class, Chooses Stanford

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Arlington Aquatic Club’s Torri Huske, the 15-16 NAG record-holder in the 100m butterfly and NISCA high school record-holder in the 100y butterfly, has verbally committed to Stanford for fall 2021 per an Instagram announcement. We ranked Huske #2 in the class behind only Gretchen Walsh, who has verbally committed to Virginia.

TOP TIMES (SCY)

  • 50 free – 21.83
  • 100 free – 48.19
  • 200 free – 1:46.07
  • 500 free – 4:51.76
  • 100 back – 53.17
  • 200 back – 1:57.41
  • 100 breast – 1:02.78
  • 200 breast – 2:15.99
  • 50 fly – 22.96
  • 100 fly – 50.49
  • 200 fly – 1:55.17
  • 200 IM – 1:56.65
  • 400 IM – 4:11.26

TOP TIMES (LCM)

  • 50 free – 25.40
  • 100 free – 54.52
  • 200 free – 2:00.52
  • 50 fly – 25.70
  • 100 fly – 57.48
  • 200 fly – 2:14.01
  • 200 IM – 2:11.70

Huske is undefeated at the Virginia 6A state high school championships; she’s won the 50 free and 100 fly in 2018, 2019, and 2020, since her freshman season with Yorktown High School. At the 2019 6A champs, Huske swam a 51.29 to break Beata Nelson’s NISCA high school national record in the 100 fly. In 2020, she lowered that record to a 50.69, while her lifetime best 50.49 ties her for 19th all-time in the event’s history in yards and fifth all-time among American 18 & unders.

Last summer, Huske broke a 38-year-old NAG record in the 15-16 100 fly with a 57.80 in long course meters at the 2019 U.S. Summer Nationals. The mark was set in 1981 by butterfly legend Mary T. Meagher with a 57.93. Later in the summer, at the 2019 World Junior Championships, Huske lowered that mark to a 57.71. Then, in December, at the 2019 U.S. Open, Huske dropped a 57.48 to break the record yet again and beat a field that included Olympian Kelsi Dahlia.

At World Juniors last summer, Huske won 100 fly gold, 50 fly gold, and 100 free silver. She also swam on gold medal-winning relays in the women’s 400 free and 400 medley as well as the mixed 400 medley.

Huske has had impressive successes at the last two U.S. Summer Nationals; in 2018, she was fifth in the 50 fly and 19th in the 50 free. Last year, she snagged a fourth-place touch in the 100 fly, was 10th in the 100 free, and placed 11th in the 50 free.

It goes without saying that this is one of the huge snags of the recruiting class for the Stanford Cardinal; Huske has been a force in her age group career, and she’s creeping up on the top butterfliers in the U.S. right now.

Considering her speed across all four strokes and her undeniable ability in sprint fly, she will have a huge impact on a Stanford team that has been without a dagger sprint butterflier since All-American Janet Hu. Stanford, for all of their 200 fly power the last few seasons, has not had a 100 butterflier break 52-seconds in the flat start event since Hu in 2018 (she was third in the event at the 2018 NCAA Champ with a 50.56, while Stanford also had Ally Howe and Lindsey Engel in the 51’s). Huske is already very close to Hu’s Stanford program record of 50.38.

Huske’s sprint free and fly abilities should land her a spot on the four shorter relays immediately for the Cardinal as a freshman. Her 50 fly flat start (22.9 in yards, 25.7 in meters) is truly exceptional, and as the medleys have been weaker for Stanford since 2018, those will quickly become their strong point. Of course, with Regan Smith and the rest of the #1-ranked incoming class, it’s not like Stanford’s cupboards will be empty.

Already at the level to challenge for the NCAA top 3 in the 100 fly, Huske would’ve been #5 in the NCAA last season in national rankings with her high school junior bests. She would’ve made 2019 NCAA B-finals in the 50 free and 200 fly with her current bests, while she would’ve been tenths off of scoring in the 100 free and 200 IM, too.

As Stanford looks to remain atop the NCAA against challenges from the usual suspects (Cal) and the rising program out east (Virginia), Huske’s commitment will certainly help keep the Cardinal dominance alive and well. Huske joins CT breaststroker/IMer Meghan Lynch and diver Lauren Burch in Stanford’s class of 2025.

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tnp101
2 years ago

I am wondering.where Amy Tang will decide to go. She is one of the top recruits who is still uncommitted. Anyone has any idea?

Admin
Reply to  tnp101
2 years ago

This late in the cycle, for a swimmer that good, the presumption is always Stanford or an Ivy, because those are the places that are stingiest about letting athletes verbally commit before they get some assurances of admission.

That’s not 100% true, but like we saw with Torri Huske, that’s usually what it is.

tnp101
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Thanks Braden. Haven’t heard the commitments from the IVY schools either. Hopefully soon. It is too bad that the campus and team visits were interrupted by the COVID.

swimmertx
Reply to  tnp101
2 years ago

Ivy verbal counts are at two verbals each for Princeton, Penn and Columbia, and one for Harvard a long while back. With the disruption in academic learning/grading (some districts doing P/NP while others giving automatic As), I assume some recruits are waiting to see if their current grades are admissible before verbaling, compared to previous years where there was a uniform standard grading system.

Northern SwimParent
2 years ago

Will Ruck and Co. redshirt? Are they allowed to?

Admin
Reply to  Northern SwimParent
2 years ago

Ruck has already used her redshirt year, so she would lose a year of eligibility, unless she’s granted a waiver. What the NCAA will do if entire schools cancel seasons or entire sports are canceled, I have no idea.

Northern SwimParent
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Thanks for the reply

bananaboy
2 years ago

taking a poll. upvote if u think college swim season will happen downvote if u think it won’t.

Corn Pop
Reply to  bananaboy
2 years ago

Think back to Jan 2016 & how far things have descended . It takes far longer & much more effort to climb out .

Corn Pop
Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

Jan 2020 ! It all seems so long ago.

Willswim
Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

You had it right the first time. 😡

Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

And Torri is just going to get better.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

Stanford continues to grab the top females from DC area – Hu, Ledecky, Huske, and others.

swimgeek
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

Meghan Byrnes

Ladyvoldisser
2 years ago

Looks like Stanford, UVA and then the little guppies fighting for the left overs.

Swommer
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
2 years ago

I don’t know if Cal is a “little Guppie”

Taa
2 years ago

Looking forward to a relay with Smith and Ruck and her and some random breaststroker to crush a record. I guess it won’t be an :”American” record though.

Willswim
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

But who wins that relay when you consider who’s likely in the next lane over?

Walsh, Wenger, Douglass, Walsh

Smith, Raab, Huske, Ruck

Tomek
Reply to  Willswim
2 years ago

let the swimming do the talking 🙂

Willswim
Reply to  Tomek
2 years ago

Totally agree. Sometimes I geek out too much trying to envision all the fun possibilities of what could be, but it’s never as fun as seeing the athletes actually accomplish great swims.

Swimmerj
Reply to  Willswim
2 years ago

Bored and added up the flat start times for these relays and got 3:26.07 for UVA and 3:26.25 for Stanford. Obviously not super accurate because Regan will probably be 48 and Ruck has split 45 and I’m sure all of UVA will drop time but still interesting to see for now & the fact that these relays would have gone 2-3 at NCAA last year just based on flat starts.

taa
Reply to  Swimmerj
2 years ago

Interesting I didnt expect that. Virginia up and coming but Stanford has two world class swimmers who have been tested internationally. Hope we get to see this race.

Willswim
Reply to  Swimmerj
2 years ago

@swimmerj if you get bored again check how a hypothetical 2022 all NCAA seniors all star team of Ivey, Hansson, MacNeil, Hopkin would stack up against these two relays. Unbelievably, I bet it would be close.

swimmertx
Reply to  Willswim
2 years ago

Hopkin already graduated. Kylee Alons for that last spot wouldn’t be a bad choice.

Willswim
Reply to  swimmertx
2 years ago

@swimmertx Thanks! Good call, switch it to Alons. I’m forever cursed to be prone to careless mistakes that 5 seconds of googling could solve lol. 🤦

Swimmerj
Reply to  Willswim
2 years ago

@willswim @swimmertx bored is the name of the game these days.

Adding up the flat start bests, I get 3:26.25 for Stanford (Smith, Raab, Huske, Ruck), 3:26.07 for UVA (A. Walsh, Wenger, Douglass, G. Walsh), and 3:25.15 for the senior all star relay of Ivey, Hansson, MacNeil, and Alons. None of them reach the insane Howe, Williams, Hu, Manuel record of 3:25.09 from 2018.

However, I thought it would be cool to add them up with relay splits that the second three legs have produced in the past… mostly because Taylor Ruck is one of the best relay anchors in the world (and people tend to step up for relays). I used best times for the backstrokers, and I used… Read more »

Willswim
Reply to  Swimmerj
2 years ago

@swimmerj Thanks! You’re the best!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Willswim
2 years ago

That will be some relay race!

swimgeek
Reply to  Willswim
2 years ago

I’d pay pay-per-view for that one

Pacific Whirl
Reply to  Willswim
2 years ago

A. Walsh, Nelson, Douglass, G. Walsh for UVA’s medley relay? Because Nelson broke girls 17-18 NAG in 200y breaststroke this year.

coach
Reply to  Pacific Whirl
2 years ago

Nashville coaches should get a percentage of any bonus money UVA coaches get for this relay.

tea rex
2 years ago

Pretty sure Erika Brown is the only other swimmer to swim a sub-23 flat start 50 fly (22.83 at SECs). Sure, college swimmers only really try it with their halfway split at the 100, but MacNeil, Hansson, Dahlia have at best got out in 23-low.

Also, for all her sprint speed, Huske’s 2:11 IM is a real head scratcher. Arguably her 2nd best Olympic event right now.

Wow
Reply to  tea rex
2 years ago

Hansson also has gone out in under 23 2-3 times

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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