Charlotte Catholic senior Julia Menkhaus has verbally committed to swim for the University of Virginia beginning in the 2018-19 season. Menkhaus is a four-time North Carolina High School 4A individual champion; she won both the 100 fly and 100 back in her sophomore and junior years, and set the 4A state record in the 100 fly at the 2017 NCHSAA 4A State Championships.
Menkhaus swims year-round with SwimMAC Carolina. A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, she was runner-up in the 100/200 backstrokes, third in the 200 fly, and fifth in the 400 IM at Winter Juniors last December.
Menkhaus was a nationally ranked gymnast with USA Gymnastics from ages 4-12 training 15-20 hours a week with former Russian and Canadian Olympic coaches in Charlotte until she transitioned into club swimming. She is the niece of Scott Jaffe, who swam for Cal and earned a bronze medal in the ’92 Olympics in Barcelona as part of the men’s 4×100 free relay team.
Menkhaus would have made the A finals in the 100 and 200 back, and been the sole Cavalier doing so, at 2017 ACC Championships. She would have joined UVA’s Kaitlyn Jones and Jennifer Markkand in the A final of the 200 fly, and Ellen Thomas and Shannon Rauth in the B final of the 100 fly. All four of those women will have graduated by the time Menkhaus shows up in Charlottesville. She also would have made the A final of the 400 IM with Kaitlyn Jones and Rachel Politi.
UVA really loaded up on backstrokers this past recruiting season. Menkhaus will join a super-charged backstroke group consisting of incoming freshmen Marcie Maguire (53.61/1:54.64), Erin Earley (53.74/1:54.29), Abby Richter (53.70/1:54.88), Paige Madden (53.71/1:55.07), and Emma Seiberlich (54.16/1:54.96). She will also strengthen the training group of incoming butterflyers Seiberlich (54.40/1:58.45), Kyla Valls (55.19/1:59.61), and Anna Pang.
- 50 back – 24.81
- 100 back – 52.64
- 200 back – 1:55.38
- 100 fly – 53.61
- 200 fly – 1:57.05
- 200 IM – 2:00.02
- 400 IM – 4:12.66
Menkhaus will don the Cavalier uniform with fellow class of 2022 commit Sophie Skinner in the fall of 2018.
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