Florida State Adds New Mexico High School Champion Reese Hinnerichs for 2023

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Five-time state champion in swimming and diving from New Mexico High School, Reese Hinrichs from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has announced her college decision and committed to swimming at Florida State University in the fall of 2023. Hinnerichs is currently in her senior year at Hope Christian School and swims with Charger Aquatics at her club.

“I chose Florida State because I love the culture with the team and the coaching staff and the pride of the school. It makes me excited to be swimming in college and ready for the next few years!”

Hinnerichs is currently the defending champion in two events, having won gold medals in both the 200 (1:52.18) and 500 freestyle (5:09.73) at the 2022 New Mexico Girls Swimming and Diving State Championships last spring would have. Her win at the 200 Free marked her third straight year winning the title. She also helped her school win its first-ever season title by anchoring the 200 free season at 12:40 AM.

A month after last spring’s high school state meeting, Hinnerichs traveled to Austin to attend the sectionals meeting held there. At that meeting, she made it to the D final of the 200 back. In the final, she set a lifetime best of 2:01.75 to win her heat.

Best SCY times

  • 100 free – 52.42
  • 200 free – 1:51.36
  • 500 free—4:57.25
  • 200 back – 2:01.75

The Florida State Women enjoyed a 2021-2022 season in which they finished 8th out of 12 teams at the 2022 Atlantic Coast (ACC) Championships. The Seminole 200-meter relay qualified for the NCAA Championships, finishing less than two-tenths of a second behind 19th place.

The Seminoles’ middle distance group started this season strong. In a double hit with Georgia Tech, the program had a trio of girls who dug under 1:50 in the 200 for free. At the same meeting, junior Phoebe Griffiths posted a time of 4:54.33 in the 500 free. That swim was just three seconds off her best time of 4:51.02 from last season. Griffiths has also been as fast as 1:48.55 this season after swimming in the prelims of the UGA Fall Invitational back then.

Hinnerichs will help reinforce the depth of the Seminoles at their main events. During the 2021-2022 school year, her life bests would have placed her in the team’s top five in both the 500 Free and 200 Back.

Joining the Hinnerichs in Florida State’s freshman class next fall will be Hailey Heldenbrand, Ann Wohlgemuth, Aimee DuHamel, Victoria Valko, Sara Catcart, Gabrielle Goodwinand cadence cont. The group places an emphasis on back talent, with Heldenbrand, Wohlgemuth and Duhamel all specializing in hitting. Heldenbrand has already broken the 2:00 mark in the 200 backstroke, while Wohlgemuth has gone up to 53.85 in the 100 backstroke.

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