Sophomore-to-be Miranda Tucker, who last season was part of the best breaststroke duo in the country (and one of the best breaststroke duos ever) at Indiana, will transfer to Big Ten rivals the University of Michigan in the fall.
Tucker was 3rd at NCAAs last year in the 100 breaststroke (58.10) and 2nd in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.27), in both cases finishing behind her teammate and NCAA Champion Lilly King.
“I’m very excited for what the future holds!” Tucker told SwimSwam of her move.
Tucker says that she is still working to determine whether she will be immediately eligible or not, given the intra-conference nature of the transfer.
What was most astonishing about the duo is that both were only freshmen last season, meaning that despite Tucker’s departure, the twos battles are far from over.
She joins a breaststroke group at Michigan that didn’t score any points at NCAAs, but is very young and had a big impact at Big Tens. That includes rising junior Emily Kopas, who was in A-finals at Big Tens in both the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes.
Still, Tucker provides a big and immediate relay improvement, in the least at Michigan – as compared to Indiana, where she would’ve had to pull past the American Record holder King to ever get a shot at those relays. At NCAAs last year, Michigan got a 1:00.4 on their 400 medley and a 27.6 on their 200 medley at NCAAs, and they finished 17th and out of the points in both races. Tucker’s bests would push both relays into A-final range when joined by Tucker.
Tucker’s third event at NCAAs last season was the 200 IM, where she tied for 27th in 1:57.71.
Tucker left Indiana in May, at the end of the academic year, and has been training with Club Wolverine all summer. Her highest finish at the Olympic Trials was 8th, with a peak of 1:07.60 in the semi-finals.
Originally from Livonia, Michigan, Tucker is a former Junior National Team member. Livonia is only about a 30 minute drive from Ann Arbor: home to the University of Michigan.