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“I am extremely excited and humbled to announce my verbal commitment to swim and further my academic career at Stanford University! It has been my dream for as long as I can remember and I am so excited to join such an amazing team!! I am so thankful to my family, teammates, coaches, and God for helping me get to this point! I cannot wait for the next 4 years on the farm! Fear the Tree! #GoCard 🌲❤️”
TOP TIMES (SCY)
- 50 free – 23.06
- 100 free – 50.53
- 200 free – 1:48.52
- 500 free – 4:44.15
- 1000 free – 9:39.37
- 1650 free – 16:13.03
- 100 breast – 1:00.95
- 200 breast – 2:11.76
- 200 IM – 1:57.41
- 400 IM – 4:07.15
Tadder won the 200 IM and 500 free at the 2019 Virginia 6A State Champs, while she won the 500 free and was 200 IM runner-up at the 2020 Virginia 5A State Champs. Last summer, Tadder won the 2019 Speedo Junior National title in the 400 IM, going 4:46.96 in long course. She also finished within the top 10 in the 200 breast, 200 IM and 800 free. So far, Tadder holds Olympic Trials cuts in the 200 and 400 IM.
Tadder’s versatility is remarkable and feels unique; how many swimmers have ever been near NCAA-qualifying times in a 100 breast/1650 free combo? In any case, the 400 IM is, unsurprisingly, Tadder’s best event. Coming in at 4:07.15, she’s the second-best 400 IMer in the HS class of 2021, and she would’ve easily been under the 2020 NCAA invite line with that time. She projects to be a distance free/IM specialist for Stanford, a school with no shortage of distance free/IM specialists recently. Intriguingly, she dropped in the breaststrokes from 1:03/2:15 to 1:00.9/2:11.7 from 2019 to 2020, and her strengths match up well with rising Stanford senior Brooke Forde, a talent who excels in mid-distance free, IM and breaststroke.
Stanford’s distance and IM groups are forces to be reckoned with. Last season, five women were under 4:40 in the 500 free led by Katie Drabot (4:35.84) and Morgan Tankersley (4:35.99), while Tankersley was the top miler at 15:50.81. Allie Szekely led the 200 IM with her season-best coming from the Cal dual meet (1:56.80), and Forde led three women under 4:10 in the 400 IM at 4:01.53 from her Pac-12 title-winning performance.
Stanford’s current top distance swimmers/IMers will have graduated before Tadder gets to campus, but their incoming class of 2024 is actually incredibly deep in IM talent, with Regan Smith (1:56.5), Janelle Rudolph (1:56.6), Isabel Gormley (1:59.0/4:08.8), Samantha Pearson (1:57.5) and Lillie Nordmann (1:58.0). None of the incoming freshmen are pure distance standouts up to the mile, though Smith has been 4:37 in the 500 free and Gormley has been 4:45 in that event.
Tadder joins #2-ranked Torri Huske, Meghan Lynch and diver Lauren Burch in Stanford’s class of 2025. Already at NCAA-qualifying speed in the mile and 400 IM and not far off in the breaststrokes/200 IM, Tadder is another very big addition for the Cardinal.
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