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

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


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!

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