Wisconsin Keeps Sprinter Abby Wanezek In-State for Class of 2026

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Elmbrook Swim Club’s Abby Wanezek is staying local with a verbal commitment to join Wisconsin’s class of 2026. Wanezek is a junior at Brookfield East High School, just outside of Milwaukee, Wisc.

I’m so humbled and excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Wisconsin!! I’m so grateful for my family, friends, and coaches who have encouraged me along the way! Can’t wait to be a Badger!!


  • 50 free – 23.11
  • 100 free – 50.35
  • 200 free – 1:52.30
  • 50 back – 24.95
  • 100 back – 54.20
  • 200 back – 1:57.82
  • 100 fly – 55.70

Wanezek was the Wisconsin HS Division I runner-up last season in both the 50 free (23.11) and 100 back (54.46). She also led off Brookfield East’s title-winning and state record-breaking 200 medley relay in a 24.95 and anchored their runner-up 400 free relay with a 50.02.

Since the start of the pandemic in the United States, Wanezek has raced a couple of club meets and returned to the water for the fall high school season. She nearly hit a lifetime best in the 100 free in long course in August, going 57.75 to come just .05 from that mark. She was also close to a best in the 100 back with a 1:04.05 at that meet.

Wanezek was 23.31 anchoring Brookfield East’s 200 medley relay at the Spartan Invitational in September, which combined for a 1:43.17; they are already tenths away from their state-record performance from last season.

Wisconsin’s women finished fifth in the conference at the 2020 Big Ten Championships. Backstroke has been a signature strength for the Badgers since Beata Nelson set American records in her time with the program, and current freshman and Olympic hopeful Phoebe Bacon is the latest backstroke juggernaut to lead the roster. Wanezek would’ve made the 100 back B-final and 200 back C-final at the 2020 Big Ten Champs.

Wanezek joins #16 Blair Stoneburg in Wisconsin’s class of 2026.

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1 year ago

Wisconsin is recruiting plenty of fast swimmers in classes 20-22 so far. Can’t wait to see what the program can do in a few years.

1 year ago

Makes a guy realize he’s old when he swam with a commit’s aunts at that same school…

1 year ago

Yep, older sister.

1 year ago

Yep.. a part of the long line of Wanazeks, believe starting with Tom, if I am not mistaken…

East Coast Swimmer
1 year ago

Wisconsin is starting off strong with their women’s class of 2026! Great to see the program is headed in the right direction.

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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