Women's Swim/Dive Class Of 2018 Ranked Among Top 5 Nationally
MEET THE CLASS OF 2018
Both head coach Susan Teeter and assistant Suzanne Yee were optimistic about the incoming group of 11 swimmers and divers who will join the Princeton women's swimming and diving team this fall. Apparently, that optimism was shared by the web site SwimSwam.com, which ranked the Princeton Class of 2018 as the fifth-best class in the country.
SwimSwam recently announced the classes ranked 5-8, and Princeton was ahead of three teams that finished in the Top 12 at the 2014 NCAA Championships, including fourth-place finisher Texas A&M (ranked seventh) and 10th-place Minnesota (ranked eighth).
This was from the write-up on Princeton from the SwimSwam release (you can read the whole thing by clicking the link in the first paragraph):
This is probably the surprise team of the recruiting season. It’s no secret that Ivy League schools have some very unique challenges in recruiting, not to mention an lengthy and selective admissions process that filters out many potential recruiting candidates. In spite of all that, the Tigers brought in an absolute haul this offseason, piecing together a class that is both deep and highly-talented.
The biggest ‘get’ is Heidi Miller out of Pittsburgh. This is the kind of centerpiece every major class needs. Miller is a do-everything stud. She’s 1:59.5 in the 200 IM, but perhaps more importantly has 54.4 speed in the 100 fly, making her a perfect replacement for the graduated Lisa Boyce, Princeton’s only NCAA point-scorer last season. Miller is also an excellent backstroker, and adds lifetime-bests of 22.8 in the 50 free and 49.1 in the 100. Needless to say, she’ll be a key contributor from day 1.
Slightly less versatile but actually stronger in the butterfly events is SwimMAC’s Elsa Welshofer. A 53.4-second 100 butterflyer, Welshofer is perhaps better in the 200 (1:57.9). Between she and Miller, Princeton should feel great about their prospects in filling Boyce’s shoes, and the two of them can likely co-exist on medley relays (with Miller swimming freestyle) to help the Tigers with the big points there. Despite SwimMAC’s reputation as a sprint club, Welshofer is actually better over a distance, going 1:49.8 in the 200 free and even swimming pretty well up to the 500.
Then there’s a pair of great sprinters in Alisabeth Marsteller and Madelyn Veith. Both can go 23-low out of high school in the 50 free with good 100 speed as well. Marsteller, an Ohio native, swims up to the 200, where she’s been 1:46.7 and stands as Princeton’s top recruit in the event. She’s also knocking on the door of a sub-2:00 200 IM, which speaks to her versatility, which could be Heidi Miller-level with some development. Veith comes from the swimming hub of Hershey, PA, and expands out into the breaststrokes as well.
Claire McIlmail is a Maryland state champion who looks like she’ll fit in alongside Miller and Welshofer as a developing butterflyer, coming in with a personal best just under 55 seconds. Princeton went across the country to get Emily Jiang out of Irvine, California, another solid butterfly prospect who is just over 55. Both McIlmail and Jiang have quick enough freestyles to be eventual impact relay pieces for the Tigers as well, especially in the 400 and 800 free relays. If that isn’t enough, Princeton brought in local New Jersey product Lindsay Temple, a 55-second backstroker with some IM potential as well.
This honestly looks like a top-tier recruiting class, and had the top 4 not completely run away from the rest of the pack as much as they did, this class probably would have made it into our final preview article. Give the Princeton coaching staff credit for really selling it in recruiting last fall. This class seemed to snowball as the recruiting season went on, and it should give coach Susan Teeter and her staff plenty of reasons to be optimistic even after the graduation of a stud like Lisa Boyce.