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Lucy Bell from Fossil Ridge High School and Fort Collins Area Swim Team in Fort Collins, Colorado has announced her verbal commitment to Stanford University’s class of 2026.
“I’m beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Stanford University. I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches for helping me achieve this lifelong dream. I can’t wait to join such an amazing team! ❤️🌲 #fearthetree”
Bell is ranked 7th on our list of top girls recruits from the high school class of 2022. She is a strong IMer with a 200 fly time that would already score at NCAAs. Her 100 fly and 200 IM are just .04 and .06 shy of what it took to make it to finals at the 2021 NCAA Division I Championships.
In high school swimming, Bell is a four-time Colorado CHSAA Girls 5A individual state champion. As a freshman in 2019, she won the 200 IM (2:00.06) and was runner-up in the 100 fly (53.64) behind classmate Renee Gillilan. The next year she repeated her state title in the IM (1:58.16) and added a gold medal in the 100 free (49.81). This past season, she won the 100 fly (52.50 and 100 free (50.23) and contributed to a pair of FRHS state-champion relays (49.48 leadoff on the 4×100 free and 22.49 anchor on the 4×50 free).
Bell is a member of the 2021-22 USA Swimming National Junior Team. An Olympic Trials Wave II qualifier, she competed in the 100/200 fly and 200/400 IM in Omaha.
At the FAST Winter Showcase last December, she cracked the all-time top-20 for 15-16 girls in the 200 fly with 1:54.93. She also swam her best 200 IM time at that meet, and added a PB in the 200 free two weeks later.
Best SCY times:
- 200 fly – 1:54.93 (1:53.73 alt. adj.)
- 100 fly – 52.17
- 200 IM – 1:57.74 (1:56.54 alt. adj.)
- 400 IM – 4:12.42
- 200 free – 1:49.33
- 100 free – 49.17
- 50 free – 22.99
- 100 breast – 1:01.45
- 200 breast – 2:14.68 (2:13.48 alt. adj.)
Bell’s best times would have scored at 2021 Pac-12 Championships in the A finals of the 100 fly (with sophomore Emma Wheal), 200 fly (where the Cardinal only had one entrant, senior Hannah Kukurugya), 200 IM (with freshman Janelle Rudolph and Kukurugya), 400 IM (with freshman Isabel Gormley and seniors Brooke Forde, Katie Glavinovich, and Kukurugya).
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