College swimming: Windsor High grad is part of Purdue’s 800 freestyle relay team as freshman

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Allie Davis, who prepped at Windsor, competed at the NCAA swimming championships this season as a freshman at Purdue University. (Photo by Purdue University Athletics Department)

Allie Davis, who prepped at Windsor, competed at the NCAA swimming championships this season as a freshman at Purdue University. (Photo by Purdue University Athletics Department)

Swimming as a true freshman, Allie Davis made the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with the Purdue University swim team.

The former Empire great was strong enough her first year out of Windsor High to be a top starter for Purdue. Davis was seventh in scoring for the Boilermakers at the Big Ten Conference finals and swam on the 800-yard freestyle relay team that competed in the NCAA championships.

“The year went really well,” Davis said. “It was definitely hard. The atmosphere was intense and it brings out the best in you.”

Dropping times in all events, Davis put in more pool time and took to the college-level conditioning and weight training.

“It was definitely a big change. But we get through it together,” Davis said. “The team is really big on the whole family thing. We’re so team oriented.”

At the Big Ten finals, Davis swam three freestyle events — the 1650, 500 and 200 — with the best finish a third in the 200 free consolation final. Her time in the 500 free consolation final was third best ever at Purdue.

Davis, 18, also was on the 800 free relay team that finished third in the Big Ten consolation finals with the third best time in program history. That team reached the NCAA championships.

“Being at the NCAAs was pretty big and definitely awesome,” Davis said.

Next season Davis aims to reach the NCAA meet as an individual as well as on relays. Her best shots are the 500 free and 1650 free with even better training.

“It’s not just going to happen,” she said. “You have to make it happen.”

Next for Davis will be the U.S. Open, in Irvine, which begins July 30.

YAMAUCHI SWIMMER OF YEAR

Empire standout Sophia Yamauchi was named swimmer of the year in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this collegiate season.

The junior at UC Santa Barbara won two events — 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke — and swam on two winning relays, the 200 and 400 medley events.

Her impressive conference championship meet capped another standout season for the former Montgomery High swimmer.

A Mid-Major All-American, the Gauchos standout enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore. With hard work in the pool and weight room, Yamauchi continued to lower times and qualified for the Olympic Trials last summer.

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