Saint Andrews School’s McKenna Keith has committed to swim for South Carolina for the 2015-2016 season.
Keith, a Florida native, has best times of 23.93 and 52.49 in the 50 and 100 freestyles. At this past season’s FHSAA 1A Championships, Keith rocked a 9th place finish in the 50 free (23.93), a 12th place finish in the 100 free (52.83), and was a member of two A finalist relays. She led off St. Andrews’ 200 free relay, which placed 7th, and anchored her team’s 200 medley relay in an impressive split of 23.39; that relay placed 4th overall.
Keith’s take on her signing:
USC is an incredibly young team, but their underclassman ranks hold a ton of talent. Their individual scorers at SECs were almost exclusively freshmen or sophomores, and half of the top times on the season for the Gamecock women were owned by freshmen. To further illustrate the impact that underclassmen had on USC’s women’s team, only one of five relays, the 200 free relay, had a senior on it, and each of the five relays included at least two underclassmen.
That 200 free relay may be Keith’s best bet at contributing at the conference championship level as a freshman. Graduating from last year’s relay, which placed 11th of 12 teams at SECs, is Rachel Elliott. She led off with a 23.25 in finals. Elliott was 2nd on USC’s top times list in the 50 free and 3rd in the 100; Keith should help soften the blow of her graduation.
Keith will join a small (but mighty) incoming class for the South Carolina women, which is currently made up of two Davis Arden Racing Team (DART) teammates, Emma Barksdale and Paige Maynard. These freshmen should help a young team led by rising sophomore and NCAA qualifier Meredith Vay continue to build talent as they try to move up the ranks of the elite SEC.