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Steffi Beisel, a senior at Archbishop Mitty High School and the famed Santa Clara Swim Club in northern California, has verbally committed to the University of Arizona.
Beisel is primarily a middle-distance freestyler, 200 backstroker, and 400 IMer. In spite of a distinct event similarity to Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel, there’s no known close relation between the two.
At the 2019 Central Coast Section Championships as a sophomore, she won the B-final in the 500 free with a 4:57.35. While that time was 6 seconds faster than she swam as a freshman, as a freshman she placed 5th. This was the result of both a deeper field in 2019 than 2018, as well as a tough morning swim that saw her miss the A-final.
If she were in the A-final in 2019 and gone the same time, she would have placed 6th.
Best Times in Yards:
- 200 free – 1:53.94
- 500 free – 4:57.35
- 1000 free – 10:26.03
- 1650 free – 17:21.02
- 100 back – 58.04
- 200 back – 2:02.01
- 200 IM – 2:08.93
- 400 IM – 4:28.44
In long course, she has swum 2:19.36 in the 200 back, which is a Winter Juniors qualifying standard.
With the cancellation of her high school championship season, where she usually swims her best, Beisel’s times are mostly from her sophomore season.
She joins a late-breaking class of 2021 for the Wildcats that includes Alyssa Schwengel, Stella Copeland, and Lexi Duchsherer. Of that group, Schwengel (23.5/50.6) and Duchsherer (22.9/50.1) are sprinters, while Copeland (1:51/4:54) and Beisel are more middle-distance swimmers. It is a very freestyle-heavy class so far, with Beisel’s 400 IM and 200 back being the best deviation from that so far.
The Arizona women finished 6th out of 8 teams at the 2020 Pac-12 Championship meet. That was the team’s lowest finish since placing 7th at the 1994 Pac-12 Championships in what was then a 9-team field.
Among the strengths of the Arizona team last year was the mid-to-distance freestyles, where Beisel excels. That included a 9th-place finish in the 500 and 4th-place finish in the mile from the now-graduated Kirsten Jacobsen.
The Wildcats have also signed a few instant-impact swimmers in their 2020 freshman class as well, including Florida State Champion Maddy Burt (53.6/1:58.8 butterflier) and Danish freestyler Amalie Mortensen.
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