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Sprinter Sophia Hurd announces commitment to San Diego (2024)

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Sophia Hurd has announced her commitment to continue her teaching and swimming career at the University of San Diego, beginning this fall with the 2024-2025 season. Hurd is from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she trains year-round at Punahou Aquatics and recently graduated from Punahou High School.

I chose the University of San Diego because of its welcoming and close-knit community. The diverse academic, sporting and extracurricular life on campus fitted in well with the university environment I was looking for. I’m glad I have the opportunity to learn from this group of hardworking girls and be part of this Toreros team. I look forward to calling San Diego home for the next four days!”

Hurd is primarily a sprint-freestyle specialist, with a range of 50 to 200. She recently competed at Speedo Sectionals in Phoenix, where she recorded her top finish in the 50-meter free on the 26th. In the final she stopped the clock at 27.80, leaving her just a tenth behind her personal best from last summer.

Prior to Sectionals, Hurd concluded her short course season at the K. Mark Takai Hawaiian State Championship this spring. She placed 4th in the 200 free and 5th in the 100 free, achieving season best times of 1:55.46 and 52.63, respectively. Her personal best in both events comes from the same competition in 2023, where she swam times of 52.34 and 1:54.93.

Top SCY times

  • 50 free – 24.54
  • 100 free – 52.34
  • 200 free – 1:54.93

The University of San Diego Toreros is led by a longtime head coach Mike Keeler, who has held this role since 1998. This year, the team placed 9th at the 2024 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships. Hurd currently sits closest to the MPSF mark in the 100 free, where he advanced to the B with a time of 51.52 final at this year’s competition.

Jayne Brandt was the team’s best player at the conference event as she clocked a 52.27 to finish 27th overall. Brandt also posted the season’s top time with a 51.65 lead at the MPSF Championships. Gabrielle Zinis also broke 52 seconds this season after swimming 51.86 at the La Verne Winter Invitational. Zinis will overlap with Hurd for one season this fall.

Hurd agrees with her efforts Catherine Dueck, Mallory Paine, Ava CraigAnd Olivia Anfinson in San Diego’s incoming class this fall.

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