2x NCAA qualifier Daisy Platts has confirmed to SwimSwam that she will be transferring to Auburn to use her COVID-19 fifth year of eligibility. Platts also placed “Auburn Swim ’23” in her Instagram bio.
Platts spent her first four years at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. This past season, Platts was a huge contributor to Bowling Green’s sixth place finish the MAC Championships. Platts scored a total of 52 individual points. There she finished first in the 100 backstroke (52.19), second in the 200 back (1:55.17), and third in the 200 IM (1:58.32). Notably, this was the third straight season in a row in which Platts won the MAC 100 backstroke conference title.
Platts went on to compete at the 2022 NCAA Championships. There she finished 22nd in the 200 back (1:53.66), 44th in the 100 back (53.03), and 73rd in the 200 IM (2:00.89). Notably, her 200 backstroke time was a personal best.
Despite having her conference championship meet after 2021 NCAAs, Platts still was able to qualify for NCAAs. At the 2021 NCAA Championships, Platts finished 21st in the 100 back (52.65) and 24th in the 200 back (1:54.75).
Her best SCY times are:
- 200 back: 1:53.66
- 100 back: 52.13
- 200 IM: 1:58.32
- 200 free: 1:46.87
Platts will arrive at Auburn this fall at the start of head coach Ryan Wochomurka’s second season. The Tigers finished seventh at the 2022 SEC Championships, only 41 points behind sixth-place Texas A&M. Fortunately for Auburn, their lowest scoring class at SECs was their senior class, so they look to be set up in a good position for next season.
Platts best times have the potential to be a huge immediate impact for Auburn. Her best 200 backstroke time would have finished sixth at the 2022 SEC Championships, her best 100 back would have finished seventh, and her best 200 IM would have finished 21st. Notably, both her 100 and 200 backstrokes would have been the highest finishes on Auburn’s roster. In total, Platts would have scored Auburn another 51 individual points.
Auburn sent 10 women to the 2022 NCAA Championships. Rising junior Meghan Lee led off the school’s 400 medley relay in a personal best time of 51.66.
Platts told SwimSwam that she will be pursuing her masters in Kinesiology at Auburn. She also said she chose Auburn because she “really liked the team environment amongst the swimmers and coaches on my visit. I also love the facilities available for their athletes and am excited to get the opportunity to swim with some very fast swimmers!”