Texas Gets Verbal from Youth Olympic Games Bronze Medalist Joanna Evans

Joanna Evans, a distance freestyler from The Bahamas, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Texas beginning with the 2015-16 season.

Evan represented The Bahamas at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing this past summer. She was the bronze medalist in the 800m free with 8:39.75. She went into the meet with a seed time of 8:57 from Charlotte Grand Prix in February. In the 400m free, Evans dropped more than five seconds to finish fifth with 4:12.14. She was only 9/10 behind gold medalist Hannah Moore of the USA and 2.9 seconds ahead of the sixth-place finisher.

It’s not a perfect science trying to determine where a long course meters distance freestyler will fit into a short course yards NCAA program, but one might comfortably assume Evans can be a sub-4:45 in the 500 free and sub-16:00 in the mile. And that’s a good thing for the Longhorns, whose top three distance freestylers are all seniors this year.

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9 years ago

Texas has gained a stellar swimmer in Joanna. The entire Bahamas will be Texas fans. She will make us all proud in and out of the pool and her presence will surely be felt. All the best Jo!! Go Longhorns! Go Jo!

9 years ago

Joanna Evans will be a great asset to the Longhorns, not only is she a great swimmer but she is a very mild mannered, humble and extremely intelligent young lady. Go Jo

9 years ago

The Longhorns should be honored to welcome Joanna to their team. She’s a talented swimmer and a beautiful person. Texas will win many new fans with this move. Way to go!

9 years ago

Hook ’em! Great recruiting class lining up for Austin.

9 years ago

Quinn Carrozza, Remedy Rule, now Joanna Evans. This class is starting to look stellar. Keep it coming Texas!

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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