Tar Heels Receive Verbal Commitment from NCISAA Record-holder Amy Dragelin

Amy Dragelin, a high school junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, has verbally committed to swim for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill beginning in the fall of 2019.

“I am ecstatic for the opportunity study at one of the top universities in the country and to train under Coach DeSelm. The unique thing about Carolina is the staff and team recruited me not only as a swimmer, but as a person. They all value the Carolina culture and I can not [sic] wait to be a part of it.”

Dragelin wrapped up her junior season with Charlotte Latin School last weekend at the 2018 NCISAA 3A State Championships. Individually, she won the 100 free (51.19) and was runner-up in the 200 free (1:49.53). Dragelin also anchored the Charlotte Latin 200 and 400 freestyle relays, both of which state titles and the latter of which broke the state record.

A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Dragelin swims year-round for SwimMAC Carolina. She competed in the 50 free, 100 free (where she placed 10th), 200 free (9th), 100 back, and 200 IM at 2017 Winter Juniors East, and earned PBs in all but the back.

Dragelin is the first verbal commit to the Tar Heels’ class of 2023, but follows a MAC-to-UNC pipeline that includes current high school seniors Heidi Lowe, Lilly Higgs, and Sophie Lindner.

Top SCY times:

  • 200 free – 1:47.84
  • 100 free – 50.04
  • 200 back – 2:00.06
  • 100 back – 56.24
  • 200 IM – 2:03.58

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4 years ago

Congrats Amy! Unc is lucky to have you!

Haterade for 1 please
4 years ago

DeSelm does seem to somehow continue to recruit well, but I’m not sure it goes anywhere beyond “Hey, it’s UNC, what more do you want?” Carolina will always be a draw because of its reputation, not its prowess.

Objectively, though, has there been any program doing less with more than UNC? Their men didn’t even put up a fight, and the women continue to get pushed around by NCSU, UL, UVA.

I’m impressed at the talent they bring in, but so little of it is ever developed into anything more impressive.

Don Edwards
4 years ago

DeSelm seems to get some pretty good recruits, however, three or four other schools in the ACC get better ones. I have followed Carolina swimming for quite a few years and have never seen the program go down so fast. When the previous coach was at Carolina, we won a lot of championships, both men and women. The only way that we are ever going to catch up with Virginia, State, Louisville and possibly VPI is to get a new coach. I doubt that will ever happen because our athletic director seems to be satisfied with mediocrity. He is another on that needs to go.

Teddy Perelli
4 years ago

Yaay Amy! You have always been so hard working and such a kind person! You deserve this, Congrats!

Steve Swims
4 years ago

Now that’s a swimmer I can get behind!

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Reply to  Steve Swims
4 years ago

Jesus dude.

4 years ago

Fire Deselm

4 years ago

Congratulations Amy! Great school and great team! Good luck with your future endeavors!

NC Swim Fan
4 years ago

As frustrated as I am with DeSelm, I am happy to see a pretty good female recruiting class coming in. The men continue to fall way behind though. Depressing for us Tar Heels.

Reply to  NC Swim Fan
4 years ago

It’s an ok class…if you look at returning points still falling way way behind in women too. Way closer to 7th than third.

That being said the school is beautiful, amazing, and nothing better than being a Tar Heel…also, Its no safe bet that DeSelm is her coach for all four or any of her years for that matter

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