Texas Longhorns Reel in #10 in Class of 2023, Erin Gemmell

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Erin Gemmell from Potomac, Maryland, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Texas for the 2023-24 school year.

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Gemmell is a junior at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda; she swims year-round with Nation’s Capital Swim Club, where her father Bruce Gemmell, is the head coach. She is a member of the 2021-22 U.S. National Junior Team, based on her performances in the 100/200/400 free this past year, and she is the #10 recruit on our Way Too Early list of top girls from the class of 2023.

Gemmell is an outstanding mid-distance freestyler. She has Olympic Trials Wave II qualifying times in the 100/200/400/800m free and Wave I cuts in the 50/1500 free and 200/400 IM. At the Wave II meet, she placed 11th in the 400 free, 9th in the 200 free, 31st in the 800 free, 33rd in the 50 free, and 39th in the 100 free. Her times in the 50 free (25.81), 200 free (1:58.67), and 400 free (4:11.57) were lifetime bests.

She was on the U.S. Junior Team that competed at the Berlin and Budapest stops of the FINA World Cup in October. She placed third in the 200 free (1:55.04), third in the 400 free (4:03.28), and seventh in the 800 free (8:31.22), all lifetime bests in SCM.

Best LCM times:

  • 50 free – 25.81
  • 100 free – 55.54
  • 200 free – 1:58.67
  • 400 free – 4:11.57
  • 800 free – 8:43.41
  • 1500 free – 16:45.91
  • 200 IM – 2:16.58
  • 400 IM – 4:51.45
  • 100 fly – 1:01.55
  • 200 back – 2:16.90

Gemmell has among the fastest short-course times in the class, as well. She is close to the NCAA scoring range in the 200/500 free. It took 1:45.81/4:43.16 to score in the respective events at 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, where the Texas women finished third behind Virginia and NC State. She will join the Longhorns’ class of 2027 with #8 Campbell Stoll, #12 Berit Berglund, Alexa Fulton, and Emma Kern.

Best SCY times:

  • 200 free – 1:45.96
  • 500 free – 4:45.88
  • 100 free – 49.44
  • 1000 free – 9:55.06
  • 1650 free – 16:39.70
  • 200 IM – 2:00.72

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1 year ago

49.4 100 free? That’s faster than her brother ever went.

Coach Macgyver
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1 year ago


1 year ago

If Texas Women and Men won NCAA’s in the same year, the combined hate would break the SwimSwam comment section

Especially if diving points were crucial to both wins

1 year ago

Great event breadth and depth along with relay contributions. Great addition to the team.

1 year ago

Stone Ridge only has about 700 students in grades k-12, but in addition to
Gemmell both ledecky and bacon went there. Gotta be a pretty legit record board.

Reply to  NONA
1 year ago

The whole area around there is ridiculously fast. Swimswam wrote an article about it in 2016, and in 2021 we saw 2 new rookies from the area Bacon and Wilson join the team


Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  NONA
1 year ago

It’s a prestigious private school, most wealthly families in the DC area send their daughters there if they have potential

Last edited 1 year ago by Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 year ago

It’s an all girls Sacred Heart school that provides financial aid to about 40% of it’s students and is supportive of their outside activities.

Last edited 1 year ago by OldSwimmer
Reply to  OldSwimmer
1 year ago

Yeah I don’t think Stone Ridge is the super rich school people think it is. Before KL went there they were a bad swim team. It’s a small nice school

Reply to  NONA
1 year ago

In Bacon’s senior year (2019-20), Stone Ridge also had Gemmell, Erika Chen (Northwestern), Eleanor Sun (currently ranked about #30 in the Class of ’23), and a few other D-1 swimmers.

1 year ago

Did I read that right, she has Trials.cuts in 50-1500? Who does that?

Reply to  MCH
1 year ago

Katie Ledecky 🙂, Bella Sims?

Reply to  Hswimmer
1 year ago

Only Gemmell. No 50 for Ledecky or Sims.

Reply to  Hswimmer
1 year ago

Looking at those lcm and scm times from world cups, there’s some pretty good upside for scy. Maybe 1:43 and 4:39 already.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 year ago

Texas women building a distance dynasty

Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 year ago

Yes! Amazing pickup for Texas. Gemmell has a very wide range sprint to distance free.

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