2018-2019 U.S. National Team member and two-time individual ACC Champion Elise Haan announced her retirement from swimming yesterday on Instagram.
Haan has played an important part on the NC State Women’s swim team over the past three years, and lowered the school record in the 100 backstroke to a 50.42 at the 2018 NCAA Championships for a 4th-place finish.
Haan’s two individual ACC titles also came in the 100 back; in 2018, Haan won in 50.76, a new school record, which she lowered again at the 2018 NCAA Championships to a 50.42. Haan repeated as ACC Champion in the 100 backstroke in 2019, winning in a 51.43.
Haan was also a vital relay member during her time at NC State, and contributed vital backstroke legs to four ACC title-winning NC State relays from 2017 to 2019.
Before Haan was a member of the NC State Wolfpack she was the CCSA Swimmer of the year in 2016 for her performances at the CCSA Championships as a member of Florida Gulf Coast University’s swim team, where she won individual titles in the 100 back, 200 back, and 100 free. She was also the only FGCU swimmer to score at the NCAA Championships in 2016.
Haan placed 3rd in the 50 back and 6th in the 100 back at the 2018 U.S. National Championships, punching her ticket to the 2019 World University Games in Italy, which took place in July. In Napoli, Haan placed 2nd in the 100 back to future Wolfpack swimmer Katharine Berkoff. Haan also claimed silver in the 50 backstroke. Haan also contributed a 59.88 lead-off leg in the prelims of the women’s 4 x 100 medley relay at WUGs, which, utilizing a different lineup in finals, won gold.
Haan has been one of a number of American female backstrokers that have rattled world rankings over the past couple years. While the American men generally get the recognition for longevity in terms of defending Olympic gold medalists, the American women’s scene is just as–if not more–cut-throat than the men’s, as evidenced by recent World Records and the fact that 8 American women rank top-20 in the world this year in the 100 and 200 bacskstrokes.
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This is my official peace out post (featuring Ky-lee). I was not aware this time was coming as soon and as quick as it did but I have decided to retire from swimming. In a quick message I’d to thank everyone who has ever helped me in my career whether it was pushing me to be a better athlete or a better person. It truly takes a great support system to push one to the levels that I have taken my career and I couldn’t have asked for a better group. I am humbled by the experiences swimming has brought me and will forever cherish them. Thank you, all!