UNC Wilmington Receives In-State Verbal from Hannalee Ellison

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Marlins of Raleigh’s Hannalee Ellison has announced her commitment to attend and swim for the University of North Carolina, Wilmington beginning in the fall. Ellison attends Raleigh Charter High School.

A versatile swimmer, Ellison will have the potential to swim multiple races for the Seahawks next season. This spring, at the Champions Series in Cary she swam to an almost 3 second personal best in the 500 free, touching the wall in a time of 5:07.01. Just two weeks earlier, at the 2020 North Carolina Senior Championships, she swam best times in the 400 IM and 1650 free. Her time in the 1650 free was good enough to finish 7th at the meet.

Top SCY Times

  • 100 back – 1:00.41
  • 200 back – 2:08.60
  • 200 IM – 2:11.37
  • 400 IM – 4:35.93
  • 500 free – 5:07.01
  • 1000 free – 10:34.43
  • 1650 free – 17:38.54

The UNCW Seahawks are coming off a season in which they finished 6th at the 2020 Colonial Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships. They were led by junior Evan Arsenault, who finished 1st in the 50 free as well as 3rd in the 100 free and 4th in the 200 free.

The distance events were an area of weakness for the Seahawks as they failed to place a swimmer in the top-16 in either the 500 or 1650 free. Their top finishes in the 500 and 1650 came from a pair of freshman, Gracie Steelhammer and Emily Mann respectively.

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