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

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A five-time New Mexico high school swimming and diving state champion, Reese Hinnerichs of Albuquerque, New Mexico has announced her college decision, committing to swim at Florida State University in the fall of 2023. Hinnerichs is currently in her senior season at Hope Christian School, and does her club swimming with Charger Aquatics.

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

Hinnerichs is currently the defending state champion in two events, having claimed the gold medal in both the 200 (1:52.18) and 500 freestyles (5:09.73) last spring at the 2022 New Mexico Girls Swimming and Diving State Championships. Her victory in the 200 free marked her third straight year winning the title. She also helped her school to its first-ever relay state title, anchoring the 200 free relay in 24.40.

A month after the high school state meet last spring, Hinnerichs traveled to Austin to compete in the Sectionals meet held there. At that meet, she made her way into the D-final of the 200 back. In finals, she posted a lifetime best time of 2:01.75 to win her heat.

Top 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 are coming off a 2021-2022 season that saw them finish 8th out of 12 teams at the 2022 Atlantic Coast (ACC) Championships. The Seminole’s 200 medley relay qualified for the NCAA Championships, finishing less than two-tenths of a second off of scoring in 19th place.

The Seminole’s middle-distance group has been off to a strong start this season. In a dual meet with Georgia Tech, the program had a trio of girls dip below 1:50 in the 200 free. At that same meet, junior Phoebe Griffiths posted a time of 4:54.33 in the 500 free. That swim was only three seconds off of her top time of 4:51.02 from last season. Griffiths has also already been as fast as 1:48.55 this season, having swam that time during prelims of the UGA Fall Invitational.

Hinnerichs will help to bolster the Seminoles depth across her primary events. During the 2021-2022 school year, her lifetime bests would have put her within the team’s top-5 in both the 500 free and 200 back.

Joining Hinnerichs in Florida State’s freshman class next fall will be Hailey Heldenbrand, Ann Wohlgemuth, Aimee DuHamel, Victoria Valko, Sara Cathcart, Gabrielle Goodwin, and Cadence Fort. The group has an emphasis on backstroke talent, with Heldenbrand, Wohlgemuth, and Duhamel all specializing in the stroke. Heldenbrand has already broken the 2:00 barrier in the 200 back, while Wohlgemuth has been as fast as 53.85 in the 100 back.

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