No. 12 Recruit Alana Berlin (’25) Commits to Stanford, Gives Cardinal 3rd Top-20 Recruit

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Versatile Wisconsin native Alana Berlin, the No. 12 recruit in SwimSwam’s way-too-early women’s class of 2025 rankings, committed to Stanford on Sunday, giving the Cardinal their third top-20 recruit in the class.

Berlin, who trains with the Schroeder YMCA Swim Team, owns the second-fastest 100-yard backstroke time in her class at 52.31 behind No. 2 recruit Teagan O’Dell. That would have put her under the NCAA cutline last season in one of the most competitive events in college swimming — as a high school sophomore.

Berlin also clocked a 52.58 100 butterfly, 1:02.23 100 breaststroke, and 49.80 freestyle split on Schroeder YMCA’s 400 free relay at the same YMCA Nationals meet in April where she posted her 52.31 100 back, giving her a solid foundation to develop as an IMer if she chooses that route. Her best 200 IM time is 2:01.26 from last December while her best 400 IM time is 4:28.90 from March.

Berlin has also logged several 23-point 50 fly splits on various 200 medley relays, including a 23.27 that is faster than five of the top 16 teams split at NCAAs last season.

Best SCY Times

  • 100 back – 52.31
  • 100 fly – 52.58
  • 50 free – 23.04
  • 100 free – 50.69
  • 200 IM – 2:01.26

At last season’s Pac-12 Championships, Berlin’s best times would have placed her 5th in the 100 back, 7th in the 100 fly, and 21st in the 200 IM. Stanford currently boasts an up-and-coming IM group led by freshmen Lucy Bell (4:03.25 400 IM, No. 2 in NCAA) and Caroline Bricker (4:03.49 400 IM, No. 4 in NCAA).

Greg Meehan, now in his 12th year leading the Cardinal, is putting together a strong women’s class of 2025 so far along with associate head coach Katie Robinson, the former head coach at Northwestern. They already have verbal commitments from three top-20 recruits — No. 6 Addie Robillard (breaststroke), Berlin and No. 18 Annam Olasewere (sprint freestyle) along with honorable mention Ella Jablonski (butterfly/backstroke) tied for the second-most in the class with Florida behind Cal. The rival Bears have secured commitments from five of the top 13 recruits in the women’s class of 2025, including all of the top three.

By the time Berlin arrives at Stanford, the Cardinal will no longer compete in the Pac-12. Stanford, Cal, and SMU are set to join the ACC in 2024, which should make for an epic conference championship meet with fellow swimming powerhouses Virginia and NC State.

Related: 16-Year-Old Alana Berlin Takes DQ With 26.49 LCM 50 Underwater Kick

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Texas swims in a short pool
3 months ago

Guess stanford doesn’t have to swim well to recruit well

CraigH
Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
3 months ago

They seem to be swimming pretty well so far this year.

New Age Outlaws
Reply to  CraigH
3 months ago

Based on what metrics?

US Open
Reply to  New Age Outlaws
3 months ago

Look at Stanford meet results. They have been impressive.Times = Metrics

Swimpop
Reply to  New Age Outlaws
3 months ago

I counted 10 top ten times in individual events for them here at mid season, 2nd in 800FR, 10th 400FR, hmm. I actually expected better in the relays.

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