World Juniors Finalist Daria Golovaty Commits to Louisville for 2024-25

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Israeli National Team member Daria Golovaty has announced her commitment to the University of Louisville for the 2024-25 school year. Israel Swimming quoted her as saying:

“I visited there and really connected with the group, I’m really excited to start a brand new chapter in my life, go back to school and enjoy the journey as much as I can.”

Golovaty represents the club team Hapoel Bat Yam and is a mid-distance freestyle specialist. At the 2023 Israeli Championships, she won the 200 free with a personal-best time of 1:58.24, breaking the 1:59 barrier for the first time. (2nd, 3rd, and 4th places went to Anastasya Gorbenko, Ayla Spitz, and Lea Polonsky.) She also won the 400 free with a PB of 4:11.40. In May, she clocked a PB in the 100 free at the Monaco stop of 2023 Mare Nostrum.

This summer, she competed for Israel at both the World Aquatics Championships (50/200/400 free) and the 9th World Aquatics Junior Championships (100/200/400 free). At World Juniors, she came in 9th in semifinals of the 100 free, 6th in the final of the 200 free, and 9th in prelims of the 400 free. At Euro Juniors in the summer of 2022, she was 4th in the 50 free, 5th in the 100 free, and 4th in the 200 free.

Golovaty’s converted times would have made her an A finalist in the 200 free at 2023 NCAA Championships. She would have just missed scoring (it took 4:40.81) in the 500. She also would have shaved about 2.5 seconds off Louisville’s 800 free relay time to jump about 4 spots in the standing of that event.

Best LCM times (converted):

  • 50 free – 25.44 (22.19)
  • 100 free – 55.13 (48.22)
  • 200 free – 1:58.24 (1:43.63)
  • 400 free – 4:11.40 (4:41.68)
  • 200 IM – 2:17.33 (2:00.83)

Golovaty will suit up for the Cardinals next fall with #17 Caroline Larsen, #19 Camden Doane, #20 Camille Murray, Avery Karl (“HM”), and Amelia Bodenstab (“BOTR”). She will overlap with fellow Israeli swimmers Denis Loktev (currently a junior) and Or Tal (freshman).

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This Guy
3 months ago

Does Gabby Albiero have a Covid year left? She’s a senior this year

3 months ago

Those conversions actually look really good! Did the conversion tool get tweaked?

3 months ago

Rebecca Diaconsecu decomitted from louisville and is going to michigan now

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