Swim phenom Maya DiRado makes college choice

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Maria Carrillo senior Maya DiRado, one of the most decorated swimmers in Empire history, has verbally committed to Stanford University.
DiRado, 16, a three-time high school All-American and the state record holder in the 200-yard individual medley, had narrowed her college choice to Cal or Stanford. Cal is the defending national champion and Stanford, which has won a record eight NCAA titles, finished fourth in the nation last season.
Will DiRado make an impact as a freshman at Stanford? This might give you a hint: Her personal-best time in the 200 IM would rank fifth on Stanford’s all-time list, ahead of 12-time Olympic medalist Jenny Thompson. Her 400 IM time would rank seventh all-time.
A story on DiRado’s commitment will appear in the paper this weekend.