Rising sophomore Kate Luft has introduced her switch from South Carolina to UCLA for this fall. Luft is from Pennsylvania and educated with Hershey Aquatic Membership main as much as her freshman 12 months at South Carolina.
I’m extremely excited to announce that I will likely be transferring to UCLA this fall. This determination was made primarily with my post-swimming profession in thoughts, so it is rather necessary for me to acknowledge that I’ve nothing however respect and appreciation for all that this system provided to me at South Carolina. That being stated, I can’t wait to begin this subsequent chapter with superb new coaches, teammates, and educational alternatives in LA. Let’s go Bruins!
TOP TIMES (SCY)
- 50 again – 24.58 (25.12 pre-college)
- 100 again – 53.84 (54.16 pre-college)
- 200 again – 1:56.90 (2:02.03 pre-college)
- 100 free – 51.10
- 200 free – 1:49.15
- 200 IM – 2:02.42
In her freshman season with the Gamecocks, Luft improved marginally within the 50 and 100 again whereas taking up 5 seconds off of her outdated greatest within the 200 again. Her bests within the 100/200 free and 200 IM are from highschool.
On the 2020 SEC Champs, Luft raced the 200 IM (2:02.65), 100 again (53.93) and 200 again (1:56.90), simply lacking the C-final within the backstroke occasions putting 27th in each. She additionally raced on South Carolina’s 10th-place 200 medley relay, individually hitting her greatest 24.58 main off a time trial of the relay. Luft tells SwimSwam she “would have been swimming on the 400 medley relay at NCAAs.” NCAAs have been canceled because of the pandemic; now-graduated Emily Cornell was 53.65 main off the Gamecocks’ 400 medley relay at SECs, and he or she was 53.47 in prelims of the person 100 again.
Luft’s closing swim for South Carolina got here on the Bulldog Final Probability meet, the place she hit her lifetime greatest 53.84 within the 100 again. South Carolina graduated a powerful senior class, together with Cornell, and that is the second switch out on the ladies’s aspect this season; SEC A-finalist Hallie Kinsey, primarily a butterflier, recently announced her decision to switch schools and compete for the University of Southern California, additionally within the Pac-12.
South Carolina’s prime returner within the 100 again is rising senior Emma Otten (54.05) whereas rising junior Mariana Kraus is the highest returner within the 200 again (1:55.56).
Luft will strengthen the UCLA backstroke group led by rising sophomore Sophia Kosturos (24.9/52.7/1:55.5 final 12 months). Kosturos was the one sub-25 and sub-54 dash backstroker final season for the Bruins, whereas a trio of 1:56-1:57 200 backstrokers (Delaney Smith, Abriana Howard, Ella Kirshke) are rising juniors.
Luft, who is best on the 50 than anybody on the Bruins’ roster proper now, might slot in instantly on their 200 medley relay again leg. In the meantime, she would’ve made the 100 again B-final and 200 again C-final on the 2020 Pac-12 Championships, the place UCLA completed fourth, simply forward of Arizona State.
UCLA has one other backstroke switch, Katrina Sommer from Indiana (55.5/1:59.zero in again), becoming a member of the group this fall. Luft will be a part of Sommer together with the incoming class of 2024: Aurora Huxman, Bailey Herbert, Crystal Murphy, Greta Fanta, Madeline Smith, Maddie Wright, Maya Wilson and Sam Baron.