UCLA’s Megan Rankin Transferring to Florida

  13 Braden Keith | July 10th, 2013 | College, College Recruiting, News

Florida head coach Gregg Troy continues to beef up his incoming group for the class of 2013 with the addition of transfer Megan Rankin, who comes to the Swamp after one year at UCLA.

Rankin is a talented distance swimmer, which would put her as part of a group at Florida that has shown some life in recent years with the likes of British import Jess Thielmann, and sophomore-to-be Arthur Frayler.

Rankin’s high school bests were 4:43 in the 500 yard free and 16:10 in the 1650 yard freestyle, plus a 2:00 in the 200 fly and a 4:16 in the 400 IM. That time in the 1650, even without improvements, would’ve put her 9th at the SEC Championships last year, and the 500 would’ve placed her in the B-Final as well.

She didn’t manage any best times in yards in her first year at UCLA.

Rankin hails from University High School in Irvine, and is currently a part of the Golden West Swim Club. Rankin was actually born overseas in Taiwan, though she grew up in California.

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30 years and no success with the same coach — the buck has to stop somewhere!

These comments don’t seem to be very fair or completely accurate. Cyndi has the respect of many top coaches in the country. Some coaches, as in head coaches of the the 2012 and 2013 US World Championship teams, rank Cyndi as one of the top collegiate coaches in the country. She is well-connected and respected in the elite circle of female Division I head coaches, too. Coaching student-athletes is a true challenge. It would be unfair to cite two or three women with poor progressions and to make generalizations off that. First-years can show up depressed, out of shape, pregnant, or ambivalent about the sport. Sometimes student-athletes go from never drinking in high school to drinking a few times each… Read more »
sizzlin lizzurd

Good riddins!! This latest recruiting class will push UCLA to the next level. I think things are looking up for Cyndi! She is a great coach, it’s tough getting top recruits w/o a boys team. Show me a program w/o a boys team that doesn’t struggle to garner top talent year after year.

UCLA got the #4 ranked recruit in the country for the 2009-10 season, Lindsey Marchand from King Aquatics, who was a 52.3/1:56.9 flyer right out of high school and a Junior National High Point winner. She also went 49 for the 100, 1:58 for the 200 IM, and 1:00 in the 100 breast. What did they do with her? The times she came with from high school would have qualified her for NCAAs (her best post-season finish was 18th in the 100 breast at PAC-10s) and she was never seen on the roster again after her freshman year.

Hugo Miller

I’m sure a lack of a men’s team doesn’t help things. I still don’t get that part of Title9, too bad.


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