VA Distance Specialist Claire Dafoe Verbals to Pitt (2022)

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Claire Dafoe of NOVA of Virginia Aquatics has verbally committed to Pitt for fall 2022. A junior at Cosby High School, Dafoe joins Pitt’s class of 2026.

I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of Pittsburgh!! Pitt offers top ranked academics and athletics combined with a passion for excellence! #H2P🏆💙💛 GO PANTHERS!!!


  • 200 free – 1:51.83
  • 500 free – 4:50.84
  • 1000 free – 9:56.20
  • 1650 free – 16:43.60
  • 100 fly – 58.88
  • 200 fly – 2:03.84
  • 200 IM – 2:05.54
  • 400 IM – 4:25.45

At the 2020 Virginia HS 6A State Championships, Dafoe claimed seventh in the 200 free and eighth in the 500 free. She also swam the fly leg of their 200 medley relay (26.84) and anchored their 400 free relay (54.20). Dafoe’s 4:50.84 in the 500 free is also a post-quarantine best, done at the NOVA Senior Classic in early November.

Dafoe recently hit a string of long course meters lifetime bests, racing at the 2020 U.S. Open. She was 4:20.90 in the 400 free, 8:57.80 in the 800 free and 17:08.56 in the 1500 free. She dropped over four seconds in the 400, over 15 in the 800 and over 20 in the 1500.

Last season, Dafoe would’ve been the #2 miler on Pitt’s roster, and she would’ve been among their top 500 freestylers, too.

Dafoe joins Angelina Messina in Pitt’s class of 2026 on the women’s side.

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Coach Cwik
5 months ago

Another excellent recruit for the AAC Team of the future. Claire will score tons of point for the Panthers in the AAC Championship Meet.

Reply to  Coach Cwik
5 months ago

What a stupid, heartless comment to make while someone celebrates an exciting moment in their life. As a proud Pitt alumnus, I hope your comment made you feel better. Go take a look in the mirror.

Reply to  Jonti
5 months ago

Am I missing something here? It looks like the guy just said AAC instead of ACC, lol. Unless Pitt is making a transition to the American Athletic Conference, not sure what else AAC could stand for, let alone be intended as an insult.

Reply to  m1tchplease
5 months ago

I think it’s pretty clear he’s insinuating Pitt should drop to a lower conference.

More importantly, congrats to Claire and welcome to Pitt!

Coach Cwik
Reply to  Jonti
1 month ago

Sorry Jonti, my mistake, should have written ACC. And look at her time now. My prediction will come true.

Reply to  Coach Cwik
1 month ago


5 months ago

This is a great kid. She’s a super hard worker with an amazing attitude. She will be such an asset to this team and school. I wish her nothing but the best. She’s very deserving and has a bright future ahead of her.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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