Alyssa Arwood from the YMCA of Western North Carolina (WNCY) has verbally committed to the Duke Blue Devils.
She won three YMCA National Championships in 2014: the 50 and 100 meter races, plus the 100 yard breaststroke from Short Course Nationals in the spring.
Her rise to the top of the YMCA scene as a junior was a little out-of-the-blue. In the 2013-2014 season alone, she made the following improvements in the breaststroke races:
- 100 yard breast – 1:05.30 to 1:01.44
- 200 yard breast – 2:21.11 to 2:16.02
- 100 meter breast – 1:18.00 to 1:11.68
- 50 meter breast – 36.67 to 32.72 (YMCA Nationals Meet Record)
Arwood has also been 23.77 in the 50 yard freestyle, showing the potential to contribute to Duke there as well -a spot where she’s trying to improve upon as a senior.
Duke graduated all-conference breaststroker Christine Wixted after last season, but have two talented young swimmers in Ashleigh Shanley (1:03.91 – sophomore) and Abby Artmann (1:02.58). Arwood, though, is faster than either of them coming out of high school.
Arwood swims scholastically at TC Roberson High School, and trains under Kirk Hampleman at WNCY.