Sprinter Sophia Hurd announces her commitment to San Diego (2024)

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Sophie Hurd announced her commitment to continue her education and swimming career at the University of San Diego, beginning this fall with the 2024-2025 season. Hurd is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she trains year-round with Punahou Aquatics and is a recent graduate of Punahou High School.

I chose the University of San Diego because of its welcoming and close-knit community. The well-balanced academic, athletic and extracurricular life on campus was a good fit for the academic environment I was looking for. I am excited to have the opportunity to learn from this group of hard-working girls and be a part of this Toreros team. I can’t wait to call San Diego home for the next four!”

Hurd is primarily a sprint free specialist, with a range from 50 to 200. She recently competed at the Speedo Sectionals in Phoenix, where she recorded her best finish in the 50 free in 26th place. She stopped the clock at 27.80 in the final, putting her just a tenth shy of her personal best from last summer.

Before sectionals, Hurd finished her short course season this spring at the K. Mark Takai Hawaiian State Championship. She finished 4th in the 200 freestyle and 5th in the 100 freestyle, posting season best times of 1:55.46 and 52.63, respectively. Her personal best in both events dates from this same meet in 2023, where she swam times of 52.34 and 1:54.93.

Best SCY times

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

The University of San Diego Toreros are led by a longtime head coach Mike Keeler, who had held the position since 1998. This year, the team finished 9th at the 2024 Pacific Mountain Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships. Hurd is currently closest to the MPSF score range in the 100 freestyle, where a time of 51.52 qualified for the B final at this year’s meet.

Jayne Brandt was the team’s top performer in this event at conference, as she clocked 52.27 to finish 27th overall. Brandt also had the season’s best time of 51.65 at the MPSF championships. Gabrielle Zinis also clocked 52 seconds this season after swimming 51.86 at the La Verne Winter Invitational. Zinis will ride Hurd for a season this fall.

Thanks to his commitment, Hurd joins Catherine Dueck, Mallory Paine, Ava CraigAnd Olivia Anfinson in San Diego’s incoming class this fall.

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