World Junior Champion Siobhan Haughey Verbally Commits to Michigan

The Michigan women’s swimming rebuilding process just got another huge shot in the arm with a verbal commitment from Hong Kong junior Siobhan Haughey, who confirmed the news to SwimSwam on Saturday.

Haughey is one of the top 18 & under sprinters in the world and holds the Hong Kong National Record in the 50 free in long course meters (25.38).

That swim was done at last year’s Junior World Championships, which was Haughey’s big breakout meet. She took bronze there in the 50 free and gold in the 100 free in 54.47, the latter of which was a Meet Record and stood as the initial Junior World Record standard in the event.

Haughey came away 5th in the 50 free and 2nd in the 100 free at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games last year, though neither swim bettered her times from the Junior World Championships.

Converting those World Junior Championship times to yards results in around a 22.2 in the 50 and a 47.6 in the 100, which would immediately make her one of the top sprinters in the Big Ten and an NCAA qualifier.

Along with Catie DeLoof and Becca Postoll, Michigan head coach Mike Bottom is bringing in another class that is changing the face of Michigan women’s swimming, much like he did last fall (this year’s freshmen). At this rate, it won’t be long before the Wolverine women join the men as perennial top-5 contenders.

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Bystander

Very talented and smart young woman with a bright future ahead of her. Conventional wisdom had Haughey leaning towards the traditional HK-Berkeley route, so this is a killer scoop for Bottom!

Very much look forward to Siobhan’s participation in NCAAs as she has some serious chops in short course, not just LCM, and has scoring potential in the IMs to boot.

Congrats to Siobhan & Mike!

calswimfan

she’s a huge get. best of luck to her at michigan!

Gina Rhinestone

She is getting out of Hong Kong .

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