Sprinter Raquelle Roesch Delivers Verbal Commit To Air Force For Fall of 2020

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Raquelle Roesch, a senior at Nazareth Area High School and a member of the Blue Eagle Swim Team in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, has made her commitment to join and swim for the US Air Force Academy in the fall of 2020. A sprint main, Roesch would have been the team’s fastest 100-yard freestyler over the course of the 2018-2019 season.

“I am proud to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the United States Air Force Academy in the class of 2024. I would like to thank all of my family, friends, and coaches who supported me through this process. I am excited for this opportunity to attend the academy, swim, and serve my country. Go falcons!!”

At the 2019 Pennsylvania AAA High School State Championship meet, Roesch finished in 15th place in the 50-yard freestyle (24.21) and 23rd place in the 100-yard freestyle (53.24). At the 2019 Middle Atlantic Senior Short Course Championships, she took 19th place in the 50-yard freestyle (24.46) and 16th place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.53) after setting a career PR during prelims.

Top Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 24.03
  • 100 free – 52.02
  • 200 free – 1:53.78
  • 100 fly – 58.16
  • 100 breast – 1:07.44

Roesch’s impact will felt immediately upon joining the team; she would have had the 3rd fastest split on the Falcon’s 800-yard freestyle relay and the 2nd fastest spit on their 400-yard freestyle relay at the 2019 Mountain West Championship meet. Head Coach Colleen Murphy decided to address her sprinting shortcomings during recruiting, adding Bella Ratzlaff, Brooke Costella, and Annalise Webber for the class of 2024; all three as fast if not faster than Roesch. Breaststrokers Heidi Dierig and Audrey Hines round out the Falcons’ class of 2024.

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