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Andrea Galisteo from Madrid, Spain will swim for the University of Akron beginning in the fall of 2019. She will join Alivia Farber, Alyssa Riker, Olivia DeRodes, Rachel Schiffli, Sara Bozso, Victoria Kaufman, and Weronika Gerocka in the class of 2023.
“I’m very excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at The University of Akron this upcoming fall. From my first conversation with coach Brian Peresie I knew that Akron was the best place for me to develop my swimming career. I can’t wait to be with the whole team and have an amazing experience. Go Zips!! 💙💛”
Galisteo swims year-round with Real Canoe Natación Club and specializes in distance freestyle. She has represented Spain internationally since she was 15, competing in the 800m free and 1500m free at the 2016 European Junior Championships and placing 12th in the 800 and 8th in the 1500. The following summer she was 7th and 4th in those same events at 2017 Euro Juniors. In 2018 she competed at Euro Juniors (6th in the 800, 8th in the 1500), FINA World Cup in Doha (7th in the SCM 200 free, 4th in the 500 free, and 3rd in the 800 free), and Youth Olympic Games (7th in the 400 free and 8th in the 800 free). At Flanders Cup in January she was runner-up in the 800 free and 1500 free and took 8th I the 400 free.
Galisteo is a big get for the Zips. Her best times in the 800/1500 freestyles, converted, would smash the Akron team records and she would have been within a second or two of making NCAAs in the mile. She would have won the 1650 and been an A finalist in the 200/500 freestyles at 2019 MAC Championships. She will join Mackenzie Vargas, Brooke Lamoureux, and Jessica Bonezzi in the Zips’ distance group in the fall.
- 200 free – 2:03.70 (1:48.55)
- 400 free – 4:16.74 (4:47.66)
- 800 free – 8:40.31 (9:42.98)
- 1500 free – 16:33.44 (16:13.96)
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