Nova Southeastern has added 3 members to its recruiting class, as Jenna Johns, Taylor Covington, and Annie Carr have all verbally committed to join the Sharks next season. All 3 are fast enough to have an immediate individual scoring impact for NSU at the Sunshine State Conference Championships, and could have a relay impact as well with their sprint free times.
As soon as I walked on campus I felt safe and at home. Not only do they have an amazing swimming program with a great group of girls and guys but the coaches are very personable. On top of swimming they have a phenomenal marine biology program. Can not wait to continue my education and swimming career at NSU. Can’t wait to become a Shark!
Johns swims club for the North Penn Aquatic Club, and will make the move to NSU after graduating from Upper Dublin High School at the end of this school year. She’s been a championship finalist in the 100 fly at the last 2 Pennsylvania AAA State Championships, placing 5th in 2016 and 6th in 2015. Additionally, she finished 10th in the 100 free in 2015.
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Johns is already fast enough to have won the 100 fly at last season’s Sunshine State Conference Championships. She also would’ve made the A-final in the 100 back, 100 free, and 200 free. With that kind of speed, you can bet Johns will be a factor on Nova Southeastern’s freestyle and medley relays as well.
Covington is a free/fly/backstroker, and her club training base is with Quest Swimming in Virginia. Last season, she competed at the 2016 Dolfin Junior National Championship Cup. There, she swam the 100 free, 100 back, 50 fly, and 100 fly. Covington then went on to compete in the Southern Region Sectionals (LCM) this summer, earning a top 30 finish in the 100 meter free.
Covington’s Top Times:
Covington is already good enough to have scored in 3 events at the 2016 SSC Championships: The 100 fly, 100 free, 200 free, and 500 free. Since the 200 free and 100 fly come on the same day, the coaching staff may have her opt out of one in favor of the other. At the moment, she’s about a second away from A-final range in the 200 free and 7 tenths away in the 100 fly.
Carr is primarily a freestyler for the Greensboro Community YMCA, and will head to NSU after graduating from River Mill Academy in North Carolina. Last season, Carr was a 2-time finalist at the North Carolina 1A/2A State Championships. There, she placed 4th in the 500 free (5:08.37) and 5th in the 200 free (1:56.56), clocking personal best times in both.
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Carr’s 5:08.37 in the 500 free is already good enough to have scored at last season’s SSC meet. Additionally, she’s within tenths of scoring tange in the 50 and 100 freestyles. She could also opt for the 200 free, where she’s less than a second shy of what it took to score in the B-final.
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