Gators add French junior champion for 2020 swim squad

The Florida Gators swim team have received a new commitment from a French Junior National Champion.

The Florida Gators’ swimming and diving team have received a commitment from French Junior National Champion Louise Lefebvre for the fall of 2020, according to Swimming World Magazine.

Lefebvre, a member of the French Junior National Team, announced her commitment on her Instagram account Thursday.


“Extremely proud and excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of Florida, class of 2020! 💞🐊Go Gators🐊💞,” she said in her post.

Lefebvre swims for her hometown Mulhouse Olympique Natation in addition for being a member of the national team.

Earlier this year, she won the 200-meter backstroke even at the national championships. Her national title came on the heels of winning two backstroke events at a national meet at Mulhouse.

In 2018, Lefebvre finished seventh at the European Junior Championships in the 100-meter backstroke. According to Swimming World, her best times are:

In meters, her best times include:

  • 50m back – 30.24
  • 100m back – 1:02.11
  • 200m back – 2:14.27
  • 50m free – 28.53

In yards, those times convert to:

  • 50 back – 26.30
  • 100 back – 54.22
  • 200 back – 1:57.75
  • 50 free – 25.13

Some of her posted bests are at or near the scoring range from the previous Southeastern Conference Championships.

The Gators have had a lot of youth on the backstroke side of the roster. On this past seasons’ roster, they had junior Emma Ball (back/fly/free), junior Madison Conway (back/fly), junior Sherridon Dressel (back/fly/free), freshman Celi Guzman, sophomore Nikki Miller, senior Sydney Sell (back/free) and freshman Rosie Zavaros.

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Ball was named to the All-SEC second team this season. Dressel was named a first-team All-American in the 100 backstroke and finished 24th in the 200 backstroke. Zavaros was 45th in the same event. Dressel swam the second-fasted time in Florida history in the 100 backstroke at the SEC championships with a time of 1 minute, 57.95 seconds.

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