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Avery Hawker, a 2022 Winter Juniors qualifier and Florida High School Atheltic Association (FHSAA) Class 2A state champion, has committed to swim at the University of Wisconsin starting in the fall of 2024. She verbally committed to the university this June and officially signed her National Letter of Intent in November.
I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin! I want to thank all of my coaches, friends and family who made this possible, and the Wisconsin staff for allowing this opportunity. Go Badgers! On, Wisconsin❤️🦡🖤
Hawker, a current senior at Robinson Senior High School who also swims for Tampa Elite Aquatics, won her first FHSAA Class 2A girls’ state title this November, taking the 100 fly in a time of 54.96. She also finished second in the 500 free (5:02.25). The FHSAA state championships are split up into four classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) based on student populations for each high school.
In November 2022, Hawker qualified for her first-ever Winter Juniors meet by hitting a personal best and cut time in the 100 fly (54.18). At the 2022 Winter Juniors, she finished 46th in the 100 fly, 41st in the 200 fly, and 70th in the 100 breast. Then, in March 2023, she hit a Winter Juniors cut in a second event by going 1:59.52 in the 200 fly.
Best Times (SCY):
100 fly: 54.18
200 fly: 1:59.52
100 breast: 1:04.83
100 free: 52.60
200 free 1:52.16
500 free: 5:01.88
Hawker’s 100 fly time would rank her fifth on Wisconsin’s team this season, while her 200 fly would rank her third. She also would have been fast enough to make the ‘C’ final in both events at the 2023 Big Ten Championships.
Alongside Hawker in the Badgers’ 2024 girls’ recruiting class are #6 ranked recruit Maggie Wanezek, “Best Of The Rest” recruits Stella Chapman, Bridget McGann, and Catherine Hughes, as well as Molly Simmons.
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Jon McNamara is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has covered UW athletics since 2002 and has worked at Rivals.com since 2006.
The Sweet 16 ranking is based on a combination of three factors: position need, interest in Wisconsin and talent level.
Note: All quotes used in this report are from the Rivals.com network.
No. 16: Offensive lineman Avery Gach
Offers: Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, USC and Wisconsin, among others
Previous Rank: N/A
The Word: Michigan could be tough to beat for four-star lineman Avery Gach. But the Badgers are in the thick of his recruitment after an unofficial visit last month.
“Those two (Michigan and Wisconsin) and Ohio State,” Gach said when asked what schools stand out in his recruitment. “I went as a fan to the Penn State and Michigan State game for my friends birthday and got to see those two teams play at Ford Field. That was pretty cool and Penn State balled. Some other schools that I keep in contact with a lot would be Georgia and USC. Georgia keeps producing lineman to the NFL and my visit there stuck out compared to some of my other visits. So, that was a big school that I’m interested in as well.”
No. 15: Running back Chad Gasper
Offers: Arizona State, Houston, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon and Wisconsin, among others
Previous Rank: 16
The Word: Chad Gasper, who visited Wisconsin this summer, returned to campus in late October. The four-star prospect from Texas has not taken many trips during his recruiting process, so two stops to UW could be a good sign for the Badgers.
No. 14: Offensive tackle Matty Augustine
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