Notre Dame Lands 2019 U.S. Junior National Champion Sophia Karras for 2021

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Distance freestyler Sophia Karras has verbally committed to Notre Dame’s class of 2025. Karras trains with Long Island Aquatic Club and attends Herricks High School in Long Island.

I am thrilled and proud to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame! A special thank you to my family, coaches, friends and teammates who have helped guide and inspire me throughout this exciting journey. #GodCountryNotreDame. GO IRISH!! ☘️☘️☘️


  • 200y free – 1:50.99
  • 500y free – 4:48.16
  • 1000y free – 9:56.60
  • 1650y free – 16:42.48
  • 400m free – 4:18.97
  • 800m free – 8:48.20
  • 1500m free – 16:39.40

Recently, Karras swam well at the 2019 NYSPHSAA Championships, where she placed third in the 500 free in a lifetime best 4:48.16. She was also 11th in the 200 free (1:51.23).

This past summer, Karras dominated the mile at the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships, winning the title with a lifetime best and Olympic Trials cut of 16:39.40. She was also fourth in the 800 free (8:48.20), another lifetime best, and 12th in the 400 (4:20.71) just off of her 4:18.97 best from the 2019 Senior Metropolitan Champs in July.

Karras will join a distance group at ND which has been led by Lindsay Stone, a current junior. Stone, who attended Pittsford High School (the recent NYSPHSAA champions) and just had her 500 free state record broken, has career-bests of 4:42.85 and 16:06.42 with the Fighting Irish. At the 2019 ACC Championships, Karras’s best times would’ve placed her in the 500 free C-final and she’d have been 18th in the mile.

Notre Dame is reloading its distance roster in time for Stone’s departure: Karras joins distance freestylers Mary Cate Pruitt and Maggie Graves in their class of 2025.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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