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Kate McCarville, a high school junior who swims year-round for Springfield Aquatics in Springfield, Missouri, has made her verbal commitment to swim for the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2021. Specializing in butterfly and distance freestyle, McCarville’s career-best times in both butterfly distances, as well as the 400 IM, are fast enough to earn her an NCAA ‘B’ cut with two years left until she arrives in Knoxville.
At Speedo Junior Nationals over the summer, McCarville took 9th place in the 200 LCM IM (2:17.35), 7th place in the 200 LCM butterfly (2:13.16), and 4th place in the 400 LCM IM (4:50.92), earning Olympic Trials cut in all three events. She had the opportunity to swim in her future home pool at the TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Knoxville back in January of 2019 finishing in 13th place in both the 200 LCM butterfly and IM races (2:17.67 and 2:21.18 respectively) and 10th place in the 400 LCM IM (4:53.36).
Top Times in Yards:
- 500 free – 4:48.93
- 1650 free – 17:01.92
- 100 fly – 53.75
- 200 fly – 1:58.75
- 200 IM – 2:00.09
- 400 IM – 4:13.58
Last season at the 2019 SEC Championship meet, Tennessee finished in 4th place in the team standings. McCarville will just miss out on swimming on the same team as SEC ‘A’ finalist butterfliers Erika Brown and Maddy Banic. She will join distance mains Summer Eaker and Summer Smith, as well as Josephine Fuller, as the women who have verbaled to the Volunteers’ class of 2025.
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