Courtney Crawford, Arizona high school finalist, will swim at the University of Idaho (2024)

Courtney Crawforda high school finalist on the Life Time Arizona Swim Team in Arizona, has signed with the University of Idaho and will travel to Moscow in the fall to compete as a Vandal in the 2024-2025 season.

“I want to thank my family, coaches, friends and teammates who have supported me all these years. I can't wait for the next 4 years. Go Vandals!”

A four-year varsity letter winner at Desert Vista High School in Arizona, Crawford specializes primarily in breaststroke and individual medley swimming and earned All-City honors in all four years of high school. This past season, she broke into Desert Vista's all-time top 10 records by posting the fifth-fastest time ever in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.27) and the sixth-fastest time ever in the 200 individual medley (2:09.57).

She also helped lead Desert Vista to the AIA Division I state championship title in the 2023-2024 season.

Crawford's most recent short course competition was the Arizona Senior State Championship, where she set personal bests in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.95), 100 backstroke (1:01.08), and 50 freestyle (25.96).

Best Times (SCY)

  • 100 Breaststroke – 1:05.95
  • 200 Breaststroke – 2:22.44
  • 200 medley – 2:09.57
  • 400 medley – 4:38.59

The University of Idaho women's swimming and diving team, a Division I mid-major school, is led by head coach Mark Sowa, who joined the program in 2011. Under his leadership, the Vandals have finished in the top four at the Western Athletic Conference Championships four times and have been named to the Scholar All-America Team by the College Swim Coaches Association of America for 18 semesters.

Based on times posted last season, Crawford would be No. 2 in the 100 breaststroke and No. 6 in the 200 individual medley next season, but that doesn't take the other newcomers into account. Crawford will join a handful of other breaststrokers who will be good training partners over the next four years.

Crawford's times would have earned her a spot in the finals of the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley at the Western Athletic Conference Championships, giving her an excellent chance to make an immediate positive impact on the team.

Outside of competitive sports, Crawford has worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor and plans to study exercise science. She is one of 11 freshmen enrolled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The full list of commits includes Crawford, Jaiden Engle, Kaitlyn Hafer, Sienna Lefeber, Holly Lenarz, Marie Mason, Adelaide McRoberts, Rylie Moxham, Caleigh Stoddard, Andie Wieber And Charlie Zollinger.

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