Futures Finalist Abby Hood Sends Verbal To Texas A&M (2024)
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USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Abby Hood has announced her decision to stay in-state with the Texas A&M Aggies for the fall of 2024. Hood currently attends Rockwall-Heath High School and swims year-round with the Rockwall Aquatics Center of Excellence in Rockwall . Texas.
“To be given an opportunity to swim and be a part of the Texas A&M family is a tremendous honor and privilege. All glory goes to God. I can’t wait to be an Aggie!”
Hood specializes in an interesting combination of events, with fly and breaststroke being her main groups of events. She owns a Winter Juniors cut in the 100m fly (1:02.65), and Futures cuts in the 200m fly (2:19.04) and 100m breaststroke (1:15.36). At the 2022 Futures Championships in College Station, Hood advanced to the finals in the 100 fly (1:03.03) and 200 fly (2:19.36), where she posted 11th- and 17th-place finishes, respectively.
Top SCY Times
100 breast – 1:04.89 200 breast – 2:33.46 100 fly – 56.05 200 fly – 2:06.35
She recently competed at the Winter Juniors – West, where she posted a personal best time in the 100 fly. She dropped a tenth from her previous best time, posting a 56.05 to finish 74th overall. She also swam the 100 breast (1:06.45) and 200 fly (2:07.49), both of which were just off her personal bests.
The Aggie women earned a 6th place finish out of 12 teams at the 2022 SEC Championships. Hood is well outside the SEC scoring range right now, but will likely have the best chance to score in the fly events, as her best time the LCM 200 flight well converts to about 2:02 per yard. It took 1:59.59 to make the finals last year in the 200 fly and 53.40 to advance in the 100. The fly events were relatively weak for Texas A&M last year, as they scored 28 points in the 100 and 29 points in the 200. .
This season the fly group is led by junior Olivia Theall who has been as fast 1:54.81 in the 200 and 51.25 in the 100. She is followed by sophomore Sarah Holt in the 100 (54.23) and 5th year Mollie Wright in the 200 (2:00.25). Holt will overlap with Hood for a year.
In keeping with past recruiting classes, the Aggies’ 2028 class thus far consists entirely of Texas natives. Hood is joined by giant Ella Smoker and freelance stylist/IMer Kassidy Kitchel. Smoker was named to SwimSwam’s “Best of the Rest” section of Way Too Early’s list of top recruits in the Class of 2024.
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