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Highschool senior Noelle Harvey, upon her preliminary faculty dedication, was nicely forward of the sport. Her authentic dedication got here in November of 2019 to the College of Iowa, making her one of many Hawkeyes’ first commitments in that class.
However two weeks in the past, that preparation was thrown for a loop when Iowa introduced that it would be cutting its swimming & diving programs at the end of the 2020-2021 season.
For Harvey, that meant again into the recruiting pool to search for a brand new residence, and it didn’t take her lengthy. This week, she introduced her new dedication, to Washington State College, citing the draw of the “extremely aggressive environment” of the Pac-12 Convention, and the brand new power dropped at this system by Third-year head coach Matt Leach.
I’m very excited and honored to announce my verbal dedication to Washington State College! Thanks to NCA, my teammates, coaches and oldsters for the quantity of assist all through my swimming. I can’t wait to review, practice and compete for WSU! GO COUGS!! #wsucougars
Harvey is a local of San Marcos, California. At her final large meet earlier than the coronavirus pandemic halted most athletics competitions, she swam to a 4th place end within the 200 yard again (1:59.48) and an eighth place end within the 100 yard again (56.10) on the Carlsbad Sectionals.
At December’s East LA Sectionals, she finaled in 6 occasions, with a excessive end within the 200 again. At that meet, she was a 2:02.00 within the 200 again, two-and-a-half slower than she swam in February, however 5596 within the 100 again – sooner than in February.
A flexible swimmer, Harvey races nicely within the freestyle occasions 500 yards and shorter along with the backstroke occasions.
- 50 free- 23.46
- 100 free- 50.78
- 200 free- 1:50.15
- 500 free- 4:50.34
- 100 back- 55.66
- 200 back- 1:59.48
Final season on the Pac-12 Championships, the Cougars completed eighth out of eight groups with 396 factors – nicely behind Seventh-place Utah, which had 636.5 factors. That implies that the Cougars, at this level, want convention championship meet scorers of any form or measurement, and Harvey matches that invoice.
With a yr to go earlier than her faculty profession begins, and two full seasons to go earlier than her first Pac-12 Championship meet, Harvey already has a time within the 200 backstroke that may have certified for the scoring C remaining finally yr’s Pac-12 Championships.
She’s additionally near scoring occasions within the 100 again (55.46) and 500 free (4:49.24). What’s extra, she is going to instantly enhance the Cougars’ 800 free relay that completed Seventh finally yr’s Pac-12 Championship and is near a spot within the 200 and 400 free relays as nicely.
Whereas Harvey’s contribution tasks to be past simply the mid-distance freestyles, that’s an space the place Washington State has had success underneath Matt Leach. Most notably within the type of rising junior Keiana Fountaine, who in 2 seasons at Washington State has improved her greatest time within the 200 free from 1:52.46 to 1:46.14. She completed 17th on the Pac-12 Championships final season.
Whereas Washington State completed in the identical spot finally season’s Pac-12 Championship meet as they’ve yearly since 2017, there are indicators of a brighter future. They scored extra factors on the 2020 championship than they’ve since 2016, albeit with one fewer workforce after Oregon State dropped its program. The one-year level soar was 111.5 factors.
What’s extra, the Cougars return their prime six particular person scorers from final yr’s Pac-12 Championship meet, graduating solely 13 out of 153 particular person factors.
Harvey joins a category of 2021 that features quite a few freestylers, together with Texans Taylor Schababerle (1:51.3/5:00.4) and Noelle Marsh (23.5/51.6/1:53.4). Minnesotan Sophie Macy (2:03/4:21 IMer, 1:04/2:17 breaststroker) brings some versatility to the category. Whereas all have Pac-12 scoring potential, Harvey is the primary addition to the category who already has Pac-12 scoring occasions.
Harvey attends La Costa Canyon Excessive College in Carlsbad and trains for North Coast Aquatics.
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