All of SwimSwam’s Top 20 HS Recruits of ’16 Should Make NCAAs as Frosh

SwimSwam puts out an annual list of our top 20 NCAA recruits in the high school senior class, and this year, our top 20 from the HS girls’ class of 2016, who are now freshmen at their respective colleges, have all lived up to the hype.

Looking back, one of the key factors that goes into our rankings is relative depth in the NCAA— where a recruit will fit into the current national landscape. While all of the girls in our top 20 were expected to have a good shot at NCAA qualification, freshman year can be tumultuous, and it is not uncommon to see some high school stars falter in their first season in college. Nevertheless, our top 20 of ’16, based on our own Andrew Mering’s predictions (link below), have all qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships.

Here’s a list of each of the top 20 of ’16, with their highest-ranked event nationally this year. Remember, the line should go to 39 for most events, and extend to 40 for a few. Considering the lowest rank is a 35-seed, it’s pretty safe to say that all 20 will be invited.

1. Meghan Small (TENNESSEE) – 200 IM (4th)

2. Beata Nelson (WISCONSIN) – 200 back (18th)

3. Becca Mann (USC) – 1650 free (8th)

4. Stanzi Moseley (USC) – 200 free (12th)

5. Claire Adams (TEXAS) – 200 back (8th)

6. Katie Drabot (STANFORD) – 500 free (6th)

7. Veronica Burchill (GEORGIA) – 100 fly (16th)

8. Allie Szekely (STANFORD) – 400 IM (4th)

9. Grace Oglesby (LOUISVILLE) – 200 fly (16th)

10. Lindsey Horejsi (MINNESOTA) – 100 breast (7th)

11. Erin Voss (STANFORD) – 200 back (26th)

12. Savanna Faulconer (FLORIDA) – 400 IM (17th)

13. Keaton Blovad (CAL) – 100 back (28th)

14. Megan Byrnes (STANFORD) – 1650 free (5th)

15. Kirsten Jacobsen (ARIZONA) – 1650 free (35th)

16. Ali Galyer (KENTUCKY) – 200 back (16th)

17. Tatum Wade (USC) – 200 free (19th)

18. Lauren Case (TEXAS) – 200 fly (10th)

19. Asia Seidt (KENTUCKY) – 200 back (5th)

20. Kennedy Lohman (ARIZONA) – 100 breast (19th)

Some of these swimmers have really blown up in their first year of college. A few that come to mind immediately are Stanford’s Megan Byrnes and Allie Szekely, along with Kentucky’s Asia Seidt. Both of the Stanford frosh hit plateaus before heading to college, but have responded incredibly well to their college training and have sailed to new PB’s. Seidt, meanwhile, was on a steady improvement rate and took off from there under the Wildcat program. There’s more to be said for any number of these girls, who have collectively had a fantastic season thus far– they’ll all be competing next month at NCAAs, where several of them will score points and serve as leaders for their respective teams.

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5 years ago

I guess Weitzel (who is a Frosh in class terms is like Ledecky? Weitzel is in her first year of college unless I am not mistaken..

Reply to  longseeker
5 years ago

longseeker – yes, like Ledecky, she was in the high school class of 2015. Here was our 2015 class (released before the start of their senior seasons) –

That HS class of 2015 was an incredible class. Ledecky, Weitzeil, Bilquist, Baker, Eastin, King, McLaughlin…that could be the best class ever by the time they’re done.

5 years ago

Katie Ledecky, is a freshman (redshirt), who should at least receive honorable mention when talking about top recruits.

Reply to  Dave
5 years ago

Dave – she was also in the class of 2015. This article isn’t about freshmen, it’s about the recruiting class of 2016.

5 years ago

would be interesting for you to go back to recruiting class rankings and see how they did over their career.

5 years ago

UKY had more top 20 recruits than UGA? Would have never imagined that 5 years ago

5 years ago

As well as someone you missed out on in your 2016 top recruit list – Tevyn Waddell of Minnesota. She had a great Big Ten meet and was named Freshman of the Year. Sitting 18th in the 100 back going into NCAAs.

5 years ago

When that recruiting list was compiled, Waddell was only 54.0 and 1:58.8 in the backstrokes. Idk if swimswam “missed” her so much as she’s just dropped tremendous time since then

5 years ago

So glad to see Allie swimming well. Her breastroke may never be what is was, I hope it gets there, but her back and free have improved a lot, even her fly. 4:02 4IM, is awesome. Congrats!!!!

He Gets It Done Again
5 years ago would never be able to do this

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5 years ago

For what it’s worth, they got 19 out of 20. The only one they got wrong was .28 off an invite, sitting in 45th. So not a bad job at all. Just sayin’.

5 years ago

That’s pretty remarkable. Congrats to all on a strong start to their college careers.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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