Princeton Girls Add Ukraine’s Isaieva and Zimbabwe’s Katai to Class of 2027


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Princeton ladies’s swimming and diving staff, the defending Ivy League champions, will welcome two extra worldwide swimmers into the category of 2027: Ukraine’s Kamila Isaieva and Zimbabwean Olympian Donata Katai. They may be part of South Africa’s Dakota Tucker and Veronique Rossouw and American swimmers Mary McKenna, Eleanor Solar, Edie Simecek, Grace Black, and Hayley Clark on the Tigers’ roster subsequent fall.

Kamila Isaieva

“It felt like I belong the second I realised I had a possibility to be part of Princeton staff”

A breaststroker from Dnipro, Ukraine, Isaieva was featured final Might in a video put out by LEN, the European governing physique of aquatic sports activities, after Hungary provided the Ukraine junior nationwide staff a spot to coach to flee the Russian invasion.

Isaieva has represented Ukraine in worldwide competitors, together with the LEN European Junior Swimming Championships in each 2021 and 2022. Her finest LCM occasions are:

  • 50 breast – 31.49 (27.46)
  • 100 breast – 1:09.66 (1:00.95)
  • 200 breast – 2:29.40 (2:10.99)

Isaieva’s transformed occasions would have scored within the A finals of each the 100 breast and 200 breast on the 2023 Ivy League Girls’s Championships.

Donata Katai

Katai hails from Harare, Zimbabwe. She represented her nation on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Video games as a 17-year-old in the summertime of 2021, successful her warmth of the 100 again with a PB of 1:02.73. She was hailed as the primary Black swimmer from Zimbabwe to take part within the Olympics. En path to Tokyo, she gained African youth nationwide titles and broke youth data as soon as held by two-time Olympic champion Kirsty Coventry, Africa’s most embellished Olympian.

Katai has additionally represented Zimbabwe on the seventh FINA World Junior Championships in 2019, the place she swam the 50/100 again and 50 fly; the nineteenth FINA World Championships in June 2022 (50/100 again); and sixteenth FINA World Quick Course Championships (50/100 again). Most not too long ago, she competed on the South African Nationwide Senior Championships, competing within the 50/100 again and 50/100 fly. She finaled in each backstrokes (ninth and fifteenth, respectively) and earned PBs within the 50/100 fly. Her finest LCM occasions are:

  • 50 again – 29.81 (26.31)
  • 100 again – 1:02.73 (55.43)
  • 50 fly – 29.19 (25.66)
  • 100 fly – 1:06.37 (58.53)

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