South African Sprinter Kirsten de Goede Picks Washington State for 2022

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South African Kirstin de Goede has handed a verbal commitment to Washington State for fall 2022. She’s one of the nation’s top junior sprinters.

I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY!!! I am looking forward to joining the WSU cougar swim team in August of 2022, training under the dynamic Head Coach Matthew Leach. I will be able to train within word class facilities, pursuing my dreams of becoming a professional athlete and studying to become an actuary. I am so thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to what the future holds. GO COUGS!!!


  • 50 free – 26.54 / 23.37
  • 100 free – 57.48 / 50.97
  • 50 back – 30.04 / 25.70
  • 50 fly – 27.71 / 24.96
  • 100 fly – 1:03.58 / 56.46

At the 2019 South African Junior Championships, de Goede won the 50 back (30.04) and 50 fly (28.01) in the 15-year-old division. She went on to reach the 50 back A-final at the 2019 South African Senior Nationals, going 30.42 to take seventh overall.

Last season, Chloe Larson (22.6/49.6) and Keiana Fountaine (23.2/49.2) led the Cougars in sprint free. Larson, now a senior, also led the team in the 100 fly last year (55.7).

De Goede is Washington State’s first commit for their class of 2026.

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2 years ago

From South Africa…. to Pullman?

Pack 10 coats….

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2 years ago

Nah…you just need one coat. Remember the gloves though. Must have gloves.

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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