Sprinter Gracie Felner Changes Verbal from Cal to Alabama for Fall 2020

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Bellevue Club Swim Team’s Gracie Felner has changed her verbal commitment from Cal to Alabama for next fall, joining the Crimson Tide’s class of 2024. She had initially announced her verbal commitment to the Golden Bears in the spring.

I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Alabama! I am grateful to Coach Coley for introducing me to such a strong program and look forward to being a part of the team this coming fall. I would like to thank my parents, coaches and teammates that have helped me through this whole process and finding the right fit. ROLL TIDE 🔴⚪️🐘


  • 50 free – 23.22
  • 100 free – 49.32
  • 200 free – 1:47.58
  • 100 breast – 1:01.19
  • 200 breast – 2:14.52
  • 100 fly – 54.47
  • 200 IM – 2:00.36

Felner is a great sprint free pick-up with versatility in breaststroke, fly, and IM. This summer, she hit big new personal bests in long course, going 26.99 in the 50 free, 55.88 in the 100 free, 2:01.40 in the 200 free, 1:01.95 in the 100 fly, and 2:20.00 in the 200 IM. With her best times, Felner would’ve been Alabama’s #1 200 IM’er, #2 200 freestyler, #2 200 breaststroker, #3 100 freestyler, #3 100 breaststroker, and #3 100 butterflier.

At the 2019 SEC Championships, Felner would’ve made C-finals in the 100 free and 100 breast.

This is another big sprint addition to new head coach Coley Stickels’ program; besides the sprint pros who have followed him to Tuscaloosa from his former school of employment, Indiana, collegiate sprinters Morgan Scott and Julia Wolf have transferred from IU to ‘Bama, while top 20 recruit Matt King changed his verbal from IU to ‘Bama for 2024.

Felner joins Maddie MechlingReese Hazan, Isabella Matesa, and Selina Reil in the class of 2024 on the women’s side.

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3 years ago

College swimming is great but doesn’t last forever. That said, Cal is no. 10 in the U.S.News rankings of American universities and Alabama is no. 153. I can already hear the screams of the ‘Bama faithful – sorry,, but it is what it is. Which diploma would you rather have?

3 years ago

College swimming is great but doesn’t last forever. That said, Cal is no. 10 among U.S. universities in the U.S. News rankings; Alabama is no. 153.

3 years ago

Anyone know why?

Reply to  Curious
3 years ago

Coley Stickels is one of the best sprint coaches in the country. I’m assuming that’s why

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  PVSFree
3 years ago

How this got a single downvote is a mystery.

Reply to  PVSFree
3 years ago

Coley coached Cal’s best swimmers Abbey and Keaton, among others.

Sorry goose it’s time to buzz the tower
3 years ago

Couldn’t help but visualize TERI as the commander in the tower with a Cup of coffee in hand when she got that phone call

Lane 8
3 years ago

I just noticed that she is on the same club team as Matt King. Is it just a coincidence or what?

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