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Catherine Stanford, a junior at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, New York, has announced her decision to verbally commit to Penn State University for 2020-21. She’ll join a class of 2024 that also includes Abby Henderson, Annie Walls, Kylie Rydland, Lizzie Danforth, and Mary Brinker.
“So excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and athletic career at Penn State University! This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, coaches and friends. I cannot wait to become a part of the Nittany Lions! #WEARE”
Stanford excels in sprint free and was runner-up in both the 50 free (23.38) and 100 free (50.96) at the 2018 New York Girls Federation Championships in November. In club swimming, where she represents Long Beach Aquatics, Stanford competed at 2019 NCSA Spring Championships in the 50/100/200 free, 50 fly, and 100 IM. She finaled in the 50/100 free and took home new PBs in the 100 free, 50 fly, and 100 IM. She had a strong long course season last summer, culminating in PBs in the 50/100/200 free, 100 back, 100 fly, and 200 IM at the Metropolitan Swimming LSC Senior Championships and the Eastern Zone Senior Championships. She placed second in the 50 free and the 100 free at Zones, and was 4th in the 200 free, 9th in the 200 IM, and 11th in the 100 fly.
Stanford will join a Nittany Lion sprint free group that had three sub-23.30 50 freestylers and four sub-51 100 freestylers. Top 2018-19 sprinter Katrina Kuhn was a senior this year but Stanford will overlap two years with rising sophomores Madison Ledwith, Kate Sheridan, and Olivia Jack and one year with rising junior Elizabeth Gaspari.
Top SCY times:
- 50 free – 23.30
- 100 free – 50.70
- 200 free – 1:52.26
- 100 fly – 56.27
- 200 IM – 2:06.84
— Oceanside School District #OSD_NY (@OSchoolsPR) November 6, 2017
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