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Natalie Mannion has verbally committed to swim for Stanford University beginning in the 2022-2023 season. She is a rising senior at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and she swims club with the Sarasota YMCA Sharks. She was an Honorable Mention on SwimSwam’s Top NCAA Class of 2022 Recruits. Her sisters, Lily and Macey are also collegiate swimmers. Lily graduated from Princeton in the spring of 2020 and Macey, also a Tiger, is expected to graduate in 2023.
“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Stanford University! I want to thank my coaches, teammates, friends, and especially my family for their endless support on this journey. I can’t wait to get to the farm! Go Card 🌲❤️ #fearthetree”
Mannion is a member of Team USA’s National Junior Team. She traveled to Budapest in 2019 to competed at the 7th FINA World Junior Championships. She touched 6th in the 200 back in a time of 2:12.26.
She recently traveled to Omaha to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II in the 100 and 200 backstroke. During the pandemic, she trained with the Sarasota Sharks in Florida. She went to Trials with nine of her Sarasota teammates, including Emma Weyant who took a year off from the University of Virginia to focus on making the Olympic Team. Mannion finished 19th in the 200 back and 52nd in the 100 back.
Top SCY Times:
- 100 back – 53.07
- 200 back – 1:54.24
- 100 free – 49.70
- 200 free – 1:46.83
- 500 free – 4:45.93
- 200 IM – 1:59.95
Mannion will be an immediate point-scorer for Stanford when she joins the team in the fall of 2022. Her times would have earned her a spot in the A-finals of the 100 and 200 back and the 200 and 500 free at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships. The Cardinal finished 75 points behind Cal, taking home the second-place trophy.
Kira Crage, Alex Crisera, Isabel Gormley, Taylor Ruck, Janelle Rudolph, and Emma Wheal will be returning swimmers during the 2022-2023 season. Crisera is a top backstroker for the Cardinal. She picked up a bronze medal in the 100 back and was 5th in the 200 back at Pac-12’s. Gormley had a similar impact for the team. At the 2021 conference champs, she was third in the 1650 and 5th in the 500 free and 400 IM. Ruck redshirted her sophomore season. She was the 2019 NCAA DI runner-up in the 200 back and 200 free and finished third in the 100 back. She was pre-selected to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Stanford recently completed its academic reviews, resulting in a large number of commitments in the last two weeks. Gigi Johnson, Kayla Wilson, Kirsti McEnroe, Lucy Bell, and Sophie Duncan have already sent their verbals to swim for the Cardinal’s class of 2026. Johnson and McEnroe will have an array of events to choose from. They each would have made it back to finals in multiple events at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships. Bell would have been an A-finalist in the 100 and 200 fly and the 200 and 400 IM, coming out of prelims as the second-fastest finisher in the 200 fly. Duncan’s best time would have landed her in the A-final of the 400 IM and Wilson would have picked up a spot in the B-final of the 200 free.
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