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Highschool junior Isabella (Bella) Lojewski has verbally dedicated to the College of Florida. A rising highschool junior, she is scheduled to affix the Gators within the fall of 2022.
Lojewski says that regardless of this being an uncommon second in historical past, with NCAA Division I packages nonetheless not permitting in-person visits with coaches, that for her the choice was not exhausting. She’s all the time been a Gator fan, and has recognized for years the place she wished to go to varsity.
“I’ve all the time wished to attend the College of Florida, even means earlier than I began swimming,” Lojewski says. “It has the whole lot from teachers to athletics, and I couldn’t be extra proud to be a Gator!
“It was important to creating a choice early so I can begin shopping for into UF tradition and attending to know the workforce higher as nicely. I selected Florida for teachers and athletics, however I do know that UF will make me not solely a greater swimmer but additionally a greater individual.”
Lojewski says that she channeled all of her disappointment from lacking her spring championship meet right into a small quad meet that her Windermere Lakers workforce raced in two weeks in the past. Despite being unsuited, unshaved, and untapered, she swam new lifetime bests in all Four occasions she raced, together with a brand new Futures minimize of two:04.64 within the 200 yard fly.
That provides her three complete Futures cuts in yards programs, primarily based on the 2019 meet requirements, including to earlier standard-bearing swims within the 100 free (52.06) and 500 free (5:01.83). She additionally has 2019 Futures cuts within the 200 free (2:07.57) and 400 free (4:27.93) in lengthy course.
“COVID made the dedication course of fairly difficult since I wasn’t capable of take an official go to to UF, nor some other faculties,” Lojewski mentioned. “COVID actually affected me swimming sensible. About an hour earlier than our spring championship in March, we bought a message saying it was canceled as a result of COVID outbreak.
“This actually broke my coronary heart, and I’m positive many different swimmers’ hearts as nicely—particularly seniors. I’ve had a tough time with swimming, notably mentally. The meet in March was in all probability one of many first meets I used to be prepared for bodily and mentally.
“As an alternative of turning it right into a damaging factor, I regarded on the optimistic aspect and began working even tougher for my subsequent championship meet, although I nonetheless don’t know when that’ll be. About two weeks in the past, I had somewhat quad meet, unsuited, untapered, and never shaved, and I posted greatest instances in all the occasions I swam in addition to making a Future minimize within the 200 fly. It’s thrilling to see how my exhausting work is paying off, and I’m working even tougher to come back into UF with fairly good time requirements.”
Finest Instances in Yards:
- 100 free – 52.06
- 200 free – 1:53.78
- 500 free – 5:01.83
- 100 fly – 58.28
- 200 fly – 2:04.64
Relying on the place she develops within the subsequent 2 years, the Gators can use assist in both their mid-distance freestyler or butterfly teams. Final yr on the SEC Championships, the Gators, who have been 2nd as a workforce in a very-competitive workforce battle, has relative weaknesses within the 200 free in addition to each butterfly races.
Lojewski is the second dedication for the Florida girls within the class of 2022, although the primary dedication has not publicly introduced her choice. This class follows a profitable recruiting cycle within the class of 2021, the place the Gators are on observe to signal one of many high lessons within the nation, together with names like Micayla Cronk, Brooke Zettel, Georgia Bates, Mary Kate Kelley, Olivia Peoples, Anna Auld, and European Junior Championships medalist Ekaterina Nikonova.
Lojewski attends Winderemere Excessive Faculty in Orlando, Florida. She represented her faculty on the 2019 Florida 3A Excessive Faculty State Championship meet, the place as a sophomore she positioned 10th within the 500 free.
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