Having received her “likely letter” from Princeton University, SwimMAC Carolina’s Elsa Welshofer has verbally committed to the Tigers, on presumption of the successful completion of the admissions process (the Ivy League commitment process is a bit different from the rest of the country).
Welshofer was a part of the incredible 2012-2013 National Age Group Record relay run for SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte. She swam the butterfly leg on the 400 yard medley relay that holds the 15-16 and 15-18 records, and was also part of the 800 free relay that broke the same records in meters.
In yards, Welshofer has been 53.93 and 2:01.96 in the 100 and 200 yard butterflies.
This was not exactly a huge area of need for the Tigers, but it should continue to contribute to their general dominance of the Ivy League in this stroke. They had 5 of the 9 best 100 yard butterfliers in the conference last year, and among those five, three were freshmen and just one a senior.
Where she is more likely to contribute immediately in terms of relays would be in the 800 free relay. She’s been 1:49.81 in the 200; though on paper, Harvard should have had Princeton out-manned in this relay at the Ivy League Championships last season, the Tigers took home a surprisingly-comfortable two second victory.
Welshofer swims scholastically for the powerful Charlotte Catholic dynasty that has won 12-straight North Carolina 3A State Championships; as a junior, she set the division record in a 54.6.
She has also been a 1:00.5 in long course meters, done at the 2013 Junior National Championships.