Addison Smith has introduced her determination to switch from Princeton College to the College of North Carolina. She could have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
The Tennessee native, who attended the Baylor College in Chattanooga in highschool, spent 1 season at Princeton, however says that the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic has led her to vary packages going ahead.
“I had no intention of leaving Princeton on the finish of my freshman 12 months and I’ve the utmost respect for the PWSD legacy and my teammates,” Smith stated of her determination. “Nonetheless, with Princeton’s response to the pandemic, I felt like I wanted to discover my choices in an effort to finest match my wants and objectives. UNC’s stability of athletic and educational excellence led me to this determination. No matter comes out of this 12 months, I’m ecstatic to be a Tar Heel!”
Smith’s announcement comes on the identical day as Princeton introduced that it had modified its plans and would make the complete fall semester distant. That call follows one by the Ivy League final month, the place the convention introduced that it was cancelling all sports activities for the autumn semester, including the first half of the swimming & diving season.
In her freshman season at Princeton, Smith was the Ivy League runner-up within the 400 IM, ending in a 4:14.28. She was crushed by one other freshman, Harvard’s Felicia Pasadyn, who received in 4:08.47.
That 400 IM is the place Smith noticed her greatest drop at Princeton, slicing greater than 5 seconds off her finest time coming into her faculty profession
Smith additionally completed 4th within the 500 free (4:46.00) and eighth within the 200 fly (1:59.47). That gave her 75 particular person factors as a part of Princeton’s title-winning effort. She additionally swam the anchor leg of the group’s 2nd-place 800 free relay – a relay that was made up of Four freshmen.
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At UNC, she is going to bolster a center distance group that was a weak point for the Tar Heels final season. The group scored simply 21 factors in each the 500 free and 400 IM eventually 12 months’s ACC Championships. What’s extra, their prime finisher within the 400 IM (Bryanna Cameron – 13th) and their prime 2 finishers within the 500 free (Cameron, once more, in 13th, and Roby Dryer in 18th) had been seniors.
Her finest instances in each races, in addition to the 200 free, would have positioned her within the B closing on the ACC Championships final season. The Tar Heels completed 4th eventually 12 months’s ACC Championships of their first season below new head coach Mark Gangloff.