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Ali Pfaff of the Virginia Gators has announced her verbal commitment to Duke University. Pfaff, currently a high school junior, will join the Blue Devils in in the fall of 2023.
I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to Duke University. Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me throughout my swimming career. I look forward to being a Blue Devil!
Pfaff is primarily a sprint freestyler and a backstroker, and she set yards bests in several events at the 2021 Speedo Junior Winter Championships in Greensboro. There, she made the B-final in the 50 free, and the C-final in the 100 back and the 100 free.
Best Times (Yards)
- 50 Free – 22.88
- 100 Free – 50.02
- 50 Back – 26.36
- 100 Back – 54.29
With nearly two more years to develop until she arrives in Durham, Pfaff is on track to make an immediate impact for the Blue Devils. Her 50 free, 100 free, and 100 back times all would’ve made the C-final at the 2021 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, and she should join Duke’s sprint free relays sooner rather than later.
Pfaff swims scholastically for Rockbridge County High School. At the 2021 Virginia High School League Class 3 State Championships, she placed 2nd individually in both the 100 free (50.78) and the 100 back (55.06), and helped Rockbridge’s team to top 6 finishes in both the 200 medley and the 400 free relays. Pfaff also placed 2nd in the 100 free at the 2020 edition of the state championships. Additionally, she’s a member of USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-American Team.
Fellow sprinter Claire McLean has also announced her verbal commitment to Duke, giving the Blue Devils 2023 recruits a solid 1-2 punch in the sprint freestyles.
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