Kaitlyn Albertoli has thrown her hat into the Stanford ring, giving her verbal commitment to swim with The Cardinal for the 2015-16 season.
“I am so thrilled to join this incredible group of girls and awesome coaches as a part of the Cardinal family! I feel very blessed for the opportunity to attend such a great university!”
Stanford women won four out of the five relays at NCAAs in 2014; the only one that eluded them was the 4×200 free. Three of the four sprint freestylers on Stanford’s winning 200 free and 400 free relays will have graduated by the time this high school class of 2015 steps foot on campus. It would seem that Greg Meehan is ensuring the succession plan for his double-point relays: Simone Manuel, Janet Hu, Lindsey Engel, and Ally Howe are all freshmen on The Farm. And now he’s bringing in the next generation of sprinters.
Albertoli, who trains with San Clemente Aquatic Team, is a 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier. Her 25.88 in the 50m free from 2014 Nationals puts her 43rd among all American women this season. In 2013 Albertoli was a US Open semifinalist.
Her top events are:
|50y free: 22.71||50m free: 25.86|
|100y free: 49.82||100m free: 56.94|
|200y free: 1:47.47||200m free: 2:04.31|
|100y fly: 55.70||100m fly: 1:02.86|
Albertoli is a senior at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano. At California’s CIF-Southern Section Division 1 Championships this past May, she finished second in both the 50 and 100 free. Just her luck that the winner of each event set two National Public High School Records in the process: Abbey Weitzeil. That said, both her 22.84 second-place 50 free and her 49.90 second-place 100 free were her second best times ever. (She finished the meet with a new PB in the 100 free, 49.82, leading off JSerra’s 400 free relay.) At the 2013 CIF-SS D1 meet, Albertoli led off (50.39) the JSerra 400 free relay that set the national independent school record with 3:21.20.
Albertoli was a member of USA Swimming’s 2013-14 National Junior Team. She joins a Stanford class of 2019 that already includes Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin.