Athens, GA - Amber McDermott of Mill Creek, Wash., and Maddie Locus of Sugar Land, Texas, have signed national letters of intent with Georgia, head swimming coach Jack Bauerle announced on Wednesday.
McDermott is considered the nation’s No. 1 prospect, according to CollegeSwimming.com. She competes for Cascade Swim Club and is coached by Tom Pardee. McDermott is the country’s top senior in the 200, 500 and 1,000 freestyle and the 200 backstroke. She also is ranked No. 2 in the 400 individual medley. McDermott represented the United States in the Junior Pan Pacific Games last summer.
“We couldn’t be happier about having Amber join our program,” Bauerle said. “She’s one of the very best swimmers coming out. She’s a great young lady with a great attitude. She will help us a lot. I expect to see her competing for many national teams.”
Locus attends Fort Bend Dulles High School. She swims for First Colony Swim Team and is coached by Allison Beebe. Locus won the 5A state title in the 50 freestyle and came in second in the 100 freestyle. Locus was the National Club Swimming Association junior national champion in the 50 freestyle and was named to the NCSA All-Star Team. She is a two-time High School All-American and a three-time Scholastic All-American.
“Maddie is a great prospect who will be able to help us out in so many ways,” Bauerle said. “She’s also an exceptional student. We are looking forward to having her represent Georgia in the classroom and in the pool.”