New York City Distance Swimmer Sophie Halper Commits To Vanderbilt

Sophie Halper of New York City’s 92nd Street Y Flying Dolphins has verbally committed to swim for Vanderbilt University next season.

Halper is a 2014-2015 Scholastic All-American and a National Club Swimming Association qualifier. She also holds six records at her high school, Ethical Culture Fieldston Upper School. Here are her fastest times:

  • 200 FR: 1:54.14
  • 500 FR: 5:02.36
  • 1650 FR: 17:18.96
  • 200 FL: 2:09.30

The Vanderbilt Commodore women, coached by Jeremy Organ, finished twelfth at last year’s NCAA Division I Southeastern Championships. Halper doesn’t quite make it onto the Commodore ‘A’ relay with her current best times (last year’s team members split 1:51 or under in the 800 free relay), but most college freshmen see some improvement in their first year, due to an increased training intensity.

“I chose Vanderbilt because it encompassed everything that I wanted in a school, academic and athletic excellence,” she said. “From my first visit it felt like home. I fell in love with the campus, the opportunities available, the team, and the coaches, and I know that I can reach my full potential under their guidance. I’m so excited and honored to be part of such a wonderful school and team. Go ‘Dores!!!”

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Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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