Former Arizona Wildcat Kait Flederbach has been granted a release from the University of Arizona, meaning that she will transfer for her one remaining year of eligibility.
In three years at Arizona, one under Frank Busch and two under Eric Hansen, Flederbach scored 7 All-American honors. In 2013, she was 17th at NCAA’s in the 50 free (just missing her season-best time of 22.31) and also placed 20th in the 100 free in 48.81.
She also swam the 3rd leg on Arizona’s American Record setting relay who were runners-up to Arizona in the 400 free relay at the NCAA Championships, and was also the 2nd leg on their NCAA Championship 200 free relay.
Flederbach’s biggest headline-stealing performance, though, was when she finished 6th in the 50 free at the 2012 Olympic Trials. She swam a 25.1 and almost joined the very rare American in the sub-25 second class. She finished 11th at this year’s World Championship trials.
Flederbach’s options are relatively limited, at least among the major conferences. A transfer to the Pac 12 wouldn’t work, and the Big 12 and SEC don’t accept transfers with one year of eligibility remaining, with the exception of athletes taking a course of study not offered at their institution (unlikely that Flederbach would seek a different degree than the Speech Pathology major she had at Arizona).
Flederbach is originally from the Indianapolis area, where she swam for Westfield High School and Viper Aquatics.
That means a transfer to the Big Ten, ACC, or perhaps another conference outside of the Big 5 is likely on tap.