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Cincinnati, Ohio’s Grace Hastings has announced her verbal commitment to the United States Naval Academy for 2020-21. A freestyle specialist from M.E. Lyons YMCA/Anderson Barracudas, she won the 1500m freestyle at this summer’s YMCA National Long Course Championships with a PB of 17:12.18. She also placed second in the 800 free (9:03.28), third in the 400 free (4:24.34), and sixth in the 200 free (2:04.02) and anchored the winning 200 free relay (26.53). She earned PBs in the 100/1000/1650 free at the Short Course YNats this past spring and placed fourth in the 1650 and 1000 and eighth in the 500 and 200 freestyle events.
A senior at Cincinnati’s Anderson High School, Hastings came in third in the 500 free (4:52.72) and fifth in the 200 free (1:48.90) at the 2019 Ohio State Division 1 Championships. Her best SCY time would have topped the field at 2019 Patriot League Championships in the 1650 free and she would have been an A finalist in the 500 free and 200 free. She will overlap two years with last year’s freshman standout Martina Thomas, who won the 500 and 200 free titles and broke the conference record in the latter.
Top SCY times:
- 1650 free – 16:41.39
- 1000 free – 9:57.36
- 500 free – 4:51.38
- 200 free – 1:48.90
- 100 free – 51.36
“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the US Naval Academy! I’m incredibly grateful to have this opportunity and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Go Navy!”
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