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Junior nationwide qualifier Sophia Paduano has introduced her dedication to the College of Illinois At Champaign as a member of the college’s class of 2028.
Paduano made the announcement over her Instagram account, “I’m thrilled to lastly announce my verbal dedication to proceed my athletic and educational profession on the College of Illinois! I can not even describe my thankfulness to my household, associates, and particularly to the Kansas Metropolis Blazers who’ve made this step potential in my life and turned me into the swimmer I’m right now.”
“One other big thanks to Santa Clara Swim Membership and Pacific Swimming who started my journey that has lasted this lengthy. You made me fall in love with swimming very early on, and to this I owe you each little bit of gratitude I’ve. Can’t wait to be part of this wonderful program! GO ILLINI!!”
A rising senior at Blue Valley Northwest Excessive College in Overland Park, Kansas, Paduano specializes within the backstroke and freestyle occasions. She is the present Kansas 6A State Champion within the 100 backstroke as she swam a time of 55.50 to win the title again in Might, including to the 50 freestyle title she received final yr. On the membership degree, she represents the Kansas Metropolis Blazers, holding the USA Swimming Junior Nationwide time customary within the 200 backstroke together with her private better of 1:59.47. Paduano set that point on the Columbia Sectionals meet again in March, the place she received the B-final of the 200 backstroke and likewise made finals within the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 backstroke, and 100 backstroke. Earlier than shifting to the state of Kansas and beginning with the Blazers in 2020, Paduano lived in California and educated on the Santa Clara Swim Membership.
Finest Instances SCY:
- 50 backstroke – 25.49
- 100 backstroke – 55.49
- 200 backstroke – 1:59.47
- 50 freestyle – 23.93
- 100 freestyle – 51.87
- 200 freestyle – 1:54.04
Paduano is already within the place to be one of many high backstrokers on Illinois’ roster when she arrives on campus in additional than a yr. Her finest time within the 200 backstroke would’ve been the quickest on the roster this season, coming simply shy of creating the C-final on the Massive 10 Championships. It took a 1:58.61 to get a second swim this season. As well as, she would’ve been the Third-fastest swimmer within the 100 backstroke, solely behind rising junior Sydney Stoll and the now-graduated Athena Salafatinos. She’s additionally proper on the verge of contributing within the dash freestyle occasions, particularly within the 400 freestyle relay.
Paduano joins a really massive Illinois class of 2028 that features Maya Arroyo, Sophia Yousuf, Kayla Duran, Sophia Szymanski, Gianna Cappello, Chloe Diner, Isabella Wilhelm, Stephanie Kirova, and Kennedy Rainwater. The scale and depth of this recruiting class is an indication of recruiting momentum for second-year head coach Jenna Kempe. Throughout Kempe’s first season at Illinois, the staff posted a eleventh place end on the Massive 10 Championships with 215 factors, their highest level whole since 2016. As well as, the staff had a 6-3 twin meet report, their finest report for the reason that 2018-2019 season. Together with Paduano, there are a number of junior national-level swimmers within the staff’s class of 2028, a step in the proper route for this up-and-coming program.
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