SMU Adds Two Transfers For 2024-25 Season

The SMU Mustangs have announced a pair of transfer additions to their roster for the 2024-25 season, with CJ Kovac joining the team for her graduate season after a four-year career at Mizzou and Izzy Krantzcke coming over as a sophomore after one year at Arizona State.

Kovac last competed for the Tigers in 2021-22, while Krantzcke represented the Sun Devils last season and has been racing for the Houston Bridge Bats club team this season.

Courtesy: SMU Athletics

CJ Kovac – Graduate Student | Fort Collins, Colo. | University of Missouri

Kovac comes to the Hilltop following her time with the University of Missouri during her undergraduate years. Here, Kovac was an SEC Academic All-American and team captain. She was also the team captain and state champion while at Fossil Ridge High School.

“CJ comes from the SEC and knows how to race at the highest level,” Quevedo said. “She will; add more depth to our middle distance group as we continue to build into the championship season. Welcome to SMU, CJ!”

Top Times:

  • 200 back – 1:57.99
  • 200 IM – 2:00.03
  • 200 free – 1:49.59
  • 100 free – 51.48
  • 100 fly – 55.13

Izzy Krantzcke – Incoming Sophomore | The Woodlands, Texas | Arizona State University

Krantzcke comes to the Mustangs after one year at Arizona State University. Prior to collegiate swimming, she swam at the Woodlands Christian Academy and lettered all four years. Here, she was a four-time first-team all-state selection, a five-time TAPPS state record holder and an eight-time TAPPS state champion. She also swam for the Houston Bridge Bats under coach Dirk Marshall.

“Izzy is a wonderful addition to our roster,” Quevedo said. “She is not afraid of hard work and will give everything for the team. She will add more depth to our breaststroke and IM groups. Welcome to Dallas, Izzy!”

Top Times:

  • 100 breast – 1:00.95
  • 200 breast – 2:13.33
  • 200 back – 2:00.09
  • 100 back – 55.88
  • 200 IM – 2:00.12

The Mustangs 2023-24 season is already underway, with SMU hosting UNT, Tulane and Rice the weekend of Friday, Jan. 19 to kick off the spring portion of their schedule.

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2 months ago

So at long last a “____ is transferring to SMU” rumor on SwimSwam turns out to be true? This is an auspicious day.

Reply to  JVW
2 months ago

Morgan (Jordan)

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Reply to  Binky
2 months ago

Don’t forget about the NCAA Champ, Lockhart

Wondering Willie
2 months ago

Wonder if another Kovac is also going to appear in Dallas?

2 months ago

How is Kovac eligible If she graduated in 2022?

Reply to  Guy
2 months ago

How many years did it take to graduate? If she had a redshirt year for some reason, plus a covid year, she could have graduated on time or even early and still had eligibility left to use.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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