York And York County YMCA distance freestyler Leah Braswell has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Florida for 2018-19. She will join fellow commits Layla Black, Mabel Zavaros, Rosie Zavaros, and Vanessa Pearl in the class of 2022. Braswell revived her Instagram account to make the announcement:
Braswell has been one of the top distance freestylers in the YMCA universe since as a 14-year-old she placed second in the 1650, with 16:23.56, at 2015 YMCA Short Course Nationals. The following year she was again runner-up, this time with 16:18.71; she also won the 1000 free (9:35.71), took third in the 500 (4:46.42), and took fourth in the 200 free (1:48.62). At the 2017 version of the same meet she was national champion in the mile (16:17.01), runner-up to teammate Courtney Harnish in the 500/1000, and added a fourth-place finish in the 400 IM (4:19.34) to her portfolio of accomplishments.
A homeschooled USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Braswell will fit into the Gators’ lineup like a glove. With the graduation of Autumn Finke, the Florida distance crew will skew young. Incoming freshman Taylor Ault, Savanna Faulconer, and Kahra Williams will provide a strong training group for Braswell, as will IMers Hannah Burns, Kelly Fertel, and Makayla Sargent.
Top SCY times:
- 1650 free – 16:17.01
- 1000 free – 9:35.71
- 500 free – 4:43.71
- 200 free – 1:48.32
- 100 free – 50.87
- 400 IM – 4:19.21
- 200 IM – 2:03.35
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