Stanford has bolstered its recruiting class with an elite blue-chipper, getting a verbal commitment from Wisconsin’s Katie Drabot.
Drabot checked in at #6 on our list of top recruits in the nation, though we noted at the time a case could certainly be made to rank her even higher. Drabot was a member of the U.S. squad for the 2014 Short Course World Championships, is a former Junior World Record-holder and is a current member of the U.S. Junior National Team.
Swimming for Ozaukee Aquatics and Cedarburg High School in Wisconsin, Drabot is a veritable dream recruit for coaches with her extreme versatility and NCAA-scoring range times.
Drabot’s Top Times
- 200 IM: 1:57.97
- 400 IM: 4:09.43
- 200 free: 1:45.22
- 500 free: 4:43.09
- 100 free: 48.96
- 50 free: 22.75
- 100 breast: 1:02.06
- 200 breast: 2:11.07
Take your pick on which of those times is most impressive. Odds are, Drabot will end up swimming a little of everything over the course of her college career. Stanford’s relative wealth of young talent means Drabot should have the flexibility to swim where she shows the most spark, rather than being forced into an event discipline the team is weak in.
Those IM times would make her a great training partner for former Junior World Record-holder Ella Eastin, who is a current freshman with the Cardinal. Drabot would probably benefit from training her 100 and 200 frees with NCA sprint champ Simone Manuel, currently a sophomore. Then, too, there probably isn’t a better distance freestyle training partner in the world than Katie Ledecky, who will arrive at Stanford next fall along with Drabot after deferring her enrollment a year.
Drabot beefs up a Stanford recruiting class that now better matches the magic of its previous two recruiting classes, the class of 2015’s Ledecky/Eastin/Leah Stevens group and 2014’s Manuel/Janet Hu/Lindsey Engle/Ally Howe crew.
Looking at that list of names really drives home the kind of insane talent pool Stanford has been able to assemble over the past few years. With Drabot joining fellow top-20 recruits Erin Voss (#11) and Megan Byrnes (#14) in this class, it looks like the talent influx is only going to continue for the Cardinal.