NCAA Championship Participant Julia Wolf of Indiana Enters Transfer Portal

Three days after Indiana All-American Morgan Scott entered the NCAA transfer portal, freshman Hoosier Julia Wolf has also entered the database for student-athlete intending to change schools. A few days earlier, former sprint coaches Coley Stickels and Kirk Grand left the IU program. Wolf graduated from Bloomington South High School alongside Mackenzie Looze, daughter of head coach Ray Looze. Originally from Valencia, California, Wolf moved to Bloomington during her senior year of high school to train with Stickels.

Wolf will spend the summer training with Paseo Aquatics in California with her former club coach Chris Dahowski.

Wolf was a member of the NCAA-qualifying 200 free relay alongside graduating senior Christie Jensen and returning swimmers Shelby Koontz and Laurel Eiber.

That Indiana 200 free relay placed 23rd at NCAAs in 1:30.07 (last among all legally-finishing relays) after entering the meet seeded 12th. That same relay finished in 3rd at Big Tens with a 1:28.48. Individually, Wolf placed 10th in the 50 free (22.53) and 11th in the 100 free (49.35) at Big Tens, both of which were very similar to her high school bests (identical in the 50 free).

With the absence of Scott and now Wolf, the rising senior Koontz is the only returning medley relay member and one of 2 remaining 200 free relay swimmers alongside Eiber. At Big Tens, Koontz and Eiber were both sub-22, splitting 21.97 and 21.95 respectively. At NCAAs, both swimmers were slower, with Eiber splitting 22.11 and Koontz a 22.72.

With the IU sprint ranks thinning, it is now up to class of 2019 commits Alexis Doherty (23.05/50.79), Ashley Turak (22.10/48.72), Cora Dupre (22.46/48.96), and Grace Pangburn (23.34/51.07) to reload the IU sprint crew.

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Interesting to see if Morgan and Julia will follow Coley to Alabama or go somewhere else.


Probably somewhere else


Or not!


Just because they are in the portal doesn’t guarantee a transfer just exploring options maybe


Julia will follow. Morgan will not.


I mean, when Coley moved from OR to AZ in club swimming, he had THREE high schoolers move with him to continue training with him (and I find this more significant at the club level – I haven’t heard of other high schoolers moving states for their coaches). Something about his coaching style is very appealing once you’ve bought into it, so I would absolutely not be surprised if at least one follows


I hope Looze tranfers next lmao

James Beam

The constant bashing of ray or his family needs to stop now. You don’t know the whole story. Students transfer for a variety of reasons- homesick, education, family, financial. Ray and his family have put their heart and soul into the program and it shows.




Who’s bashing his family? I haven’t seen anybody ‘bashing his family,’ and if there was, I’m sure the moderators would remove it.

Ray’s a big boy who’s paid a lot of money to coach sports. Criticism of your coaching style comes with the territory. Don’t try to build sympathy for him by making it sound like anybody is bashing his family. It’s manipulative, and worse: it actually exposes his family to bashing.

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Agreed but when there is & has been a multitude of defections, one does have to wonder doesn’t one?


Everyone is bashed at some point in these comments. Texas, Florida, Cal etc. No one is safe.


If I’m remembering correctly, Coley coached Julia for club swimming in California and she followed him to indiana. Good odds she’s going to Alabama?


Yes, you’re right. When Swimswam first reported Julia would be attending Indiana, they mentioned she was training under Stickels at Canyon Aquatics in Valencia, California.

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