Monday we wrote about Colleen Callahan, but she’s no longer the newest Lady Vol. On Tuesday, Tennessee has added two more recruits: NBAC’s Camryne Morris and Georgia Coastal’s Patricia Forrester.
Morris will be huge for Tennessee, coming in as the 8th ranked recruit in the nation by collegeswimming.com. She’s versatile, strong in the 200 through mile freestyle, with a 4:17 400 IM as well. Her 1:47.5 already likely would give her a spot on Tennessee’s 800 free relay, and her 4:42.7 in the 500 puts her right in striking distance of scoring at NCAAs. Her 16:19 in the mile would have been just outside scoring position as well. She’ll be a strong understudy and great training partner for will-be senior Lindsay Gendron, who has a similar breadth of freestyle skills.
Morris has been sort of under-the-radar in this group of women’s distance swimmers that is coming through the high school ranks right now. Training with the likes of National Champions Gillian Ryan and Allison Schmitt, though, she’s clearly got the credentials. Schmitt even identified Morris as one of NBAC’s future stars in this 20 Questions Tuesday.
In true NBAC fashion, she’s been much better in long course to this point of her career. She has a 2:01 in the 200 free in meters, an 8:35 in the 800, and the best performance a 4:10.00 in the 400 (though that was done when she was 15, other results show that she hasn’t exactly stalled out yet).
Forrester will join the incoming class as well. She’s a 55.0/1:58.8 flyer, who won’t quite fill Kelsey Floyd‘s shoes immediately but will still help build up the fly group after Floyd graduates. She’s a 56/2:03 backstroker with solid freestyle times of 51.2/1:51.7 that will help add depth as well.