Women’s Recruit Ranks: Individual Scoring For All Classes Through 2021 NCAAs

It’s our week of NCAA retrospectives, looking back at recruit rankings through the lens of now-updated NCAA scoring data. We’ve focused in on the senior class (after four NCAA seasons) and the freshman class (after their first NCAA showings), and now it’s time to share all of our data for the four classes currently making up the NCAA field.

Further reading:

We’ll also include this year’s freshmen and seniors to have all the data in one post. You can find further analysis of those classes above.

Notes:

  • The data included is only individual scoring at NCAAs. That’s not an exact measure of an athlete’s contribution to a program: many of these swimmers (and others not listed) were relay scorers at NCAAs, scored significant points at conference meets and provided great leadership and culture-building for their programs. This data isn’t a perfect analysis of the best recruits – it’s merely a quick look at the data we can compile.
  • Some of these athletes haven’t had as many scoring seasons as others in their class. Some redshirted a season and have more remaining seasons. Some deferred their enrollment as freshmen. Some sat out a year with a transfer. Some turned pro early. Some will turn pro early. Some are hard to pigeonhole into a specific class, international athletes especially. We did our best to group athletes where they best fit. Again, this isn’t a hard-and-fast ranking of value – it’s just the best data we can compile.
  • The ranks are from our recruit rankings, typically compiled when these athletes were high school juniors. We don’t include internationals in those rankings, as it’s difficult to figure out if and when internationals will join the NCAA and which class they should be grouped with before they appear in the NCAA. Do bear in mind that our rankings were done well over a year before any of these athletes appeared in NCAA competition, so if you do have a quibble with a specific rank, you may want to check how fast that athlete actually was when the ranking was done before you get too livid. Unranked recruits showing massive improvement curves are some of the best stories in the NCAA year-in and year-out, and one reason we rank recruits is so we can better see which athletes had great rises during their college careers.
  • All that said, compiling these ranks is a lot of data entry and a lot of research. If we missed anyone, or mis-classified anyone with the wrong class or with the wrong domestic/international tag, please let us know in the comments and we’ll update our data as soon as possible!

SENIORS (HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2017, COLLEGE CLASS OF 2021)

Ranked Recruits

Rank Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2018 NCAA Points 2019 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Psych Sheet Points
1 Courtney Harnish Georgia 44 7 15 22 38
2 Sierra Schmidt Michigan 57 9 17 31 21
3 Margaret Aroesty USC 9 9 0 no invite
4 Brooke Forde Stanford 104 21 43 40 42
5 Nikol Popov Tennessee 3 no invite 3 0
6 Lauren Pitzer Stanford 23 1 22 no invite 5
7 Ashlyn Schoof Louisville 0 0 no invite no invite no invite
8 Hannah Kukurugya Stanford 0 0 0 0
9 Taylor Pike Texas A&M 25.5 5 6 14.5 1
10 Grace Zhao Stanford 7 5 2 no invite no invite
11 Victoria Edwards Texas 0 no invite no invite no invite no invite
12 Ashley Volpenhein Stanford 0 no invite no invite no invite no invite
13 Marta Ciesla USC 0 0 0 no invite 3
14 Caitlin Tycz USC/Yale 0 0 0 no invite no invite
15 Alexis Margett Michigan 0 no invite no invite no invite no invite
16 Anna Belousova Texas A&M 45 27 18
17 Taylor Ault Florida 0 0 0 0
18 Paige Madden Virginia 98 0 38 60 44
19 Joy Field Texas A&M 0 no invite 0 no invite
20 Regan Barney Princeton 0 no invite no invite no invite no invite

Unranked Recruits

Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2018 NCAA Points 2019 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Psych Sheet Points
Evie Pfeifer Texas 87.5 23.5 16 48 1
Bailey Bonnett Kentucky 35 14 14 7 9
Kate Moore NC State 29 2 27 15
Kristen Romano Ohio State 27 7 0 20
Sarah Thompson Missouri 23 23 26
Camryn Toney Texas A&M 19 19
Maddie Smith Northwestern 18 18
Julia Poole NC State 16 3 13 5
Katie Trace Ohio State 16 3 13
Josie Grote Indiana 15 15
Sophie Angus Northwestern 11 11 6
Caroline Gmelich Virginia 11 11 3
Autumn Haebig Nebraska 11 11
Emma Nordin Arizona State 9 9 43
Emma Seiberlich Virginia 6 6
Mykenzie Leehy Houston 6 6
Abby Richter Virginia 5 5 14
Alexis Yager Tennessee 5 5 5
Peyton Palsha Arkansas 5 5
Olivia Calegan NC State 4 4 7
Kyla Valls Virginia 4 4
Haley Yelle Texas A&M 3 3
Danielle Dellatorre Georgia 3 3 23
Amanda Nunan Tennessee 2 2 9
Taylor Petrak Ohio State 1.5 1.5
Morgan Friesen Louisville 0 11
Daria Pyshnenko Michigan 0 8.5
Caroline Hauder UNC 0 4
Erica Laning Arizona State 0 2

International Recruits

Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2018 NCAA Points 2019 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Psych Sheet Points
Robin Neumann Cal 51 16 14 21 4
Mackenzie Padington Minnesota 37 5 32
Jing Quah Texas A&M 17 11 6 9
Reka Gyorgy Virginia Tech 16 16
Calypso Sheridan Northwestern 15 15 44
Klara Thormalm San Diego State 15 9 6
Sarah Darcel Cal 12 12
Mariia Astashkina Louisville 12 12 0
Tamila Holub NC State 11 11 0
Olivia Anderson Georgia 7 7 2
Petra Halmai FGCU 6 6 7
Sonnele Oeztuerk Auburn 3 3 0
Ioanna Sacha Houston 3 3
Tjasa Pintar Tennessee 2 2 3.5
Freya Rayner Ohio State 0 11
Arina Openysheva Louisville 0 7
Jemma Schlicht USC 0 1.5
Flora Molnar Alabama 0 1

Diving Recruits

Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2018 NCAA Points 2019 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points
Brooke Schultz Arkansas 82 29 32 21
Delaney Schnell Arizona 76.5 13 31.5 32
Emily Bretscher Purdue 39 14 25
Charlye Campbell Texas A&M 24 24
Abigail Knapton Nebraska 22 22
Cami Hidalgo Georgia Tech 22 22
Alicia Blagg Miami 19 19
Frida Kaellgren Arizona State 14 14
Ashley McCool Florida 11 11
Christy Cutshaw Michigan 7 7
Mya Kraeger Indiana 4 4
Genevieve Angerame Ohio State 2 2
Kelly Straub Notre Dame 1 1
Maha Amer Arkansas 1 1

Juniors (High School Class of 2018, College Class of 2022)

  • This group has had a number of notable redshirt seasons among top 20 recruits.
  • It’s a strong international class, with the top scorer being Canada’s Maggie MacNeil#1-ranked Taylor Ruck is also a Canadian national, though she grew up swimming club and high school in the U.S.
  • The top scorer overall is actually a Class of 2019 recruit: Former #1 Izzy Ivey graduated early and swam NCAAs as a freshman with this class. She’s scored 83 points in two NCAA meets.
  • This class has won five individual NCAA titles and four of them have come from international recruits. MacNeil has two and Sophie Hansson two.
  • The best unranked recruit has been Alabama’s Rhyan Whitewho scored 48 points as a junior and was in line to score 51 as a sophomore after not scoring in her rookie year.

Ranked Recruits

Rank Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2019 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points 2022 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Psych Sheet Points
1 Taylor Ruck Stanford 50 50 redshirt
2 Zoe Bartel Stanford 6 6 0 1
3 Julia Cook Texas 22 2 20 18
4 Vanessa Pearl Florida 9 2 7 18
5 Erica Sullivan USC/Texas 0 redshirt redshirt
6 Morgan Tankersley Stanford 3 3 0 27
7 Eva Merrell Georgia 0 redshirt
8 Emma Muzzy NC State 12 0 12 21
9 Olivia Carter Georgia/Michigan 50 17 33 12
10 Lucie Nordmann Stanford 20 20 redshirt 7
11 Amalie Fackenthal Stanford 4 4 0
12 Gabrielle Kopenski Texas A&M 0 no invite
13 Dakota Luther Georgia 25 9 16 16
14 Grace Ariola Texas 1 1
15 Samantha Shelton Harvard 0 redshirt
16 Easop Lee Duke 0
17 Cassidy Bayer Cal/Tennessee 2 2
18 Madison Homovich Georgia 0 0
19 Leah Braswell Florida 0 20
20 Allie Raab Stanford 24 21 3 5
HM Sarah Grinalds Princeton 0 redshirt redshirt
HM Kylee Alons NC State 59.5 15.5 44 20
HM Anya Goeders Stanford 5 5 0

Unranked Recruits

Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2019 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points 2022 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Psych Sheet Points
Izzy Ivey (Early ’19) Cal 83 37 46 33
Rhyan White Alabama 48 48 51
Alexis Wenger Virginia 41 13 28 17
Grace Countie UNC 35 35 6
Kensey McMahon Alabama 32 12 20 17
Noelle Peplowski Indiana 28 13 15 22
Morgan Scott Indiana/Alabama 23 23 1
Sally Tafuto Ohio State 21 21
Izzy Gati Kentucky 20 20 18.5
Sophie Sorenson Kentucky 16 16 4
Ema Rajic Cal 14 11 3 1
Riley Gaines Kentucky 12 12
Kaki Christensen Virginia 11 11
Alena Kraus Louisville 10 3 7
Megan Keil Missouri 9 9
Sophie Lindner UNC 8 8
Kaylee Wheeler Louisville 7 7 5
Mackenzie Looze Indiana 4 4 1
Miriam Guevara Northwestern 4 4
Bayley Stewart Notre Dame 3 3
Sinclair Larson Tennessee 2 2
Emily Hetzer Auburn 2 2 6
Jessica Nava Virginia 2 2
Trude Rothrock Tennessee 1 1 6
Susan Lagrand Oakland 1 1
Sydney Harrington Navy 1 1
Lillie Hosack Wisconsin 0 5
Halladay Kinsey South Carolina 0 5
Audrey Reimer Utah 0 3
Aria Bernal Arizona 0 2
Callie Dickinson Georgia 0 2

International Recruits

Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2019 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points 2022 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Psych Sheet Points
Maggie MacNeil Michigan 102 45 57 50
Sophie Hansson NC State 72 32 40 40
Andrea Podmanikova NC State 27 27
Kalia Antoniou Alabama 27 27
Alicia Wilson Cal 16 16 16
Ida Hulkko Florida State 14 14
Sarah Watson Akron 9 6 3
Emily Crane Ohio State 5 5
Laticia Transom USC 0 21
Victoria Kwan Michigan 0 3

Diving Recruits

Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2019 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points
Paola Pineda Texas 42 42
Maggie Merriman Purdue 15 15
Daria Lenz Stanford 13 10 3
Maha Gouda FIU 11 11
Kyndal Knight Kentucky 10 4 6
Carolina Sculti Stanford 8 8
Aimee Wilson Texas A&M 4 4
Maddison Pullinger Duke 2 2

Sophomores (High School Class of 2019, College Class of 2023)

  • We didn’t get to see this class compete as freshmen, but 8 of our top 10 were seeded to score in their rookie NCAA meets.
  • Virginia did extremely well in this class, with the top two individual scorers (Kate Douglass and Ella Nelson) along with two more individual scorers.
  • Two of these athletes have already won NCAA titles individually: #1 Douglass in the 50 free and #3 Berkoff in the 100 back.
  • Izzy Ivey was #1 in this class in the junior ranks, but graduated early and joined the NCAA with the class of 2018. On a per-year basis, she’s scored comparably to Hartman, Berkoff and Pash in the top 10.

Ranked Recruits

Rank Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2020 NCAA (Psych Sheet) Points 2021 NCAA Points 2022 NCAA Points 2023 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Psych Sheet Points
1 Kate Douglass Virginia 54 54 51
2 Zoie Hartman Georgia 41 41 45
3 Katharine Berkoff NC State 44 44 16
4 Emily Weiss Indiana 0 0 18
5 Coleen Gillilan Notre Dame 8 8
6 Ella Nelson Virginia 48 48 33
7 Kaitlynn Sims Michigan 14 14 17
8 Caitlin Brooks Kentucky 6 6 15
9 Ayla Spitz Cal 20 20
10 Kelly Pash Texas 42.5 42.5 4
11 Zephy Koh Princeton 0 redshirt no invite
12 Alexandra Crisera Stanford 0 0 6
13 Hannah Bach Ohio State 14 14 13
14 Madelyn Donohoe Virginia 8 8
15 Cora Dupre Indiana/Alabama 12 12 17
16 Lexi Cuomo Virginia 11 11 7
17 Ashley Turak Indiana 0 0
18 Lindsay Looney Arizona State 0 redshirt
19 Ellie VanNote UNC 0 0
20 Mary Smutny Texas 0 no invite no invite
HM Caroline Bentz Virginia Tech 0 defer 0 no invite
HM Talia Bates Florida 24 24 no invite
HM Chloe Clark Cal 0 no invite no invite
HM Caroline Cooper UNC 0 no invite no invite

Unranked Recruits

Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points 2022 NCAA Points 2023 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Psych Sheet Points
Kristen Stege ECU/Tennessee 24 24
Lauren Poole Kentucky 22 22
Abby Hay Louisville 15 15
Emma Wheal Stanford 11 11
Rachel Klinker Cal 10 10 9
Gillian Davey Kentucky 9 9 4
Tylor Mathieu Florida 6 6
Beth McNeese Kentucky 4 4
Kathleen Golding Florida 4 4
Meredith Rees Missouri 3 3 1
Emma Shuppert Duke 2 2
Katie Mack Florida 1.5 1.5
Kaitlynn Wheeler Kentucky 1 1
Aliyah Watson Duke 1 1
Ellie Marquardt Princeton 0 12
Felicia Pasadyn Harvard 0 2

International Recruits

Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points 2022 NCAA Points 2023 NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Psych Sheet Points
Hannah Brunzell Northwestern 16 16 3
Mariella Venter Michigan 5 5

Diving Recruits

Name College Team Total NCAA Points 2020 NCAA Points 2021 NCAA Points
Mia Vallee Miami 18 18
Maycey Vieta Purdue 16 16
Nike Agunbiade USC 12 12
Jordan Skilken Texas 7 7
Janie Boyle Texas 5 5
Mackenzie Crawford Ohio State 4 4
Melissa Mirafuentes Wyoming 4 4

Freshmen (High School Class of 2020, College Class of 2024)

Ranked Recruits

Rank Name College Team 2021 NCAA Points
1 Regan Smith Stanford defer
2 Alex Walsh Virginia 48
3 Phoebe Bacon Wisconsin 51
4 Olivia Bray Texas 30
5 Isabelle Stadden Cal 30
6 Lillie Nordmann Stanford defer
7 Kaitlyn Dobler USC 23
8 Abby Arens NC State 0
9 Emma Sticklen Texas 18
10 Anna Keating Virginia 0
11 Emma Weyant Virginia defer
12 Tristen Ulett Louisville 0
13 Abby Harter Virginia 18
14 Gabi Albiero Louisville 5
15 Janelle Rudolph Stanford 0
16 Chase Travis Virginia Tech 0
17 Kathryn Ackerman Michigan 12
18 Samantha Pearson Stanford defer
19 Katherine Zenick Ohio State 0
20 Maxine Parker Georgia 10
HM Paige Hetrick Louisville 0
HM Emma Atkinson Virginia Tech 21
HM Isabel Gormley Stanford 0
HM Megan Deuel Notre Dame 0
HM Nicole Oliva Cal no invite
HM Ella Ristic Indiana 0
HM Chloe Stepanek Texas A&M 26

Unranked Recruits

Rank Name College Team 2021 NCAA Points
Early ’21 (#12) Reilly Tiltmann Virginia 23
BOTR Lola Mull Northwestern 11
Maya Geringer Ohio State 3
BOTR Amanda Ray Florida 3
Sophie Housey Michigan 2.5
Anna Havens Rice Kentucky 1

International Recruits

Name College Team 2021 NCAA Points
Mona McSharry Tennessee 31
Anna Elendt Texas 14
Emily Gantriis Cal 10
Amalie Mortensen Arizona 2.5
Yara Hierath NC State 1

Diving Recruits

Name College Team 2021 NCAA Points
Aranza Vazquez Montano UNC 47
Tarrin Gilliland Indiana 31
Emma Gullstrand Miami 24
Anne Fowler Indiana 15
Montserrat Lavenant LSU 9
Anna Bradescu Georgia Tech 2

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samulih
5 months ago

Quite interesting data, lot to unpack, thank you.

samulih
Reply to  samulih
5 months ago

Almost every Stanford ranked swimmers is a dud in 2021 or a deferment, so no wonder they had some scoring issues in 2021 champs

Coach
Reply to  samulih
5 months ago

I get the point you are trying to make, but I’m not sure I would call a group of freshmen athletes “duds.”

samulih
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

yeah, no disrespect meant, more about limited vocabulary I have.

Swimfan01
5 months ago

Amazing to see Reilly Tiltmann (‘25) scoring among the highest scoring females thus far in the class above her This has to put her at an incredible advantage in her class next year. Watch out for Tiltmann!

JCO
5 months ago

Cora Dupre swims for Alabama, not Indiana

H20PoloFan2
Reply to  JCO
5 months ago

It shows both schools like Olivia Carter Georgia/Michigan

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