Alabama brings Maine State record holder Audrey Cohen (2024)

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Audrey Cohen has announced her oral acceptance at the University of Alabama beginning in fall 2024. Cohen is from Portland, Maine, where she swims year-round with the Southern Maine Aquatic Club. She is completing her junior year at Greely High School and will graduate next spring.

She announced her engagement on Instagram:

Cohen specializes primarily in breaststroke and sprint freestyle. At the MPA Girls Class B State Meet, Cohen clocked a 1:03.27 in 100 Breast and a 24.33 in 50 Free to Capture State Titles in both. Her 100th breaststroke time set a new high school state record and earned her the 2022 Varsity Maine Girls’ Swimmer of the Year award.

In addition to high school swimming, Cohen has also made her mark on the Maine Swimming (LSC) record book. Last spring, at the Speedo Sectionals in Ithaca, Cohen reset the 15-16 and set records in girls’ breaststroke. She clocked a 1:02.30 in the 100 and a 2:15.52 in the 200. Her 50 split of 29.23 in the 100 also marked a 15-16 record. In addition, she owns the 15-16 records in the long course with times of 33.41/1:13.48/2:40.42 in the 50/100/200 breaststroke. Her 50 and 200 times also count as records in the open category.

Best SCY times:

  • 50 free – 23.65
  • 100 free – 51.39
  • 100 chest – 1:02.30
  • 200 chest – 2:15.52
  • 200h – 2:05.45

The Alabama women placed 3rd out of 12 teams at last year’s SEC Championship. It took 1:01.54 to advance to the C final in the 100m breaststroke and 2:13.36 to advance in the 200m breaststroke. Cohen’s personal bests are a bit outside of that range right now, but she has time to improve on them before she arrives in Tuscaloosa next fall.

Breaststroke was a relatively strong event group for Alabama last season as they scored 69 points in the 100 and 45 points in the 200. Avery Wiseman was her top finisher on SECs in 3rd place in the 100 chest (58.73) and 7th place in the 200 (2:08.94). That year, Wiseman was as fast as 59.07 and 2:06.49. behind her is Cat Wright, who has swum 59.92 and 2:09.63 this season. Wright will graduate before Cohen arrives, but she will have the opportunity to train with Wiseman for a year.

Cohen joins in Lexi Stephens, Marie Landreneau, Teia Salvino, Emma Sundermeyerand Paige Thome in Alabama’s class of 2028. This class is full of freestylers as Landreneau, Salvino and Sundermeyer all specialize in sprint to middle distance. Stephens and Thome tend to do backstrokes, IM, and flies.

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