Lower Merion High School senior and standout swimmer Anna Kalandadze -- a three-time PIAA AAA state champion in the 500-meter freestyle -- signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic career at the University of California-Berkeley.
This signing comes months after verbally committing to the university on May 28, 2018.
In May, when she committed to the university, Kalandadze said, “I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for University of California-Berkeley! I can’t wait to be a part of such an amazing team! Thank you to my mom for everything she does, my coach for allowing me to reach my goals, and my amazing friends and family for all their support, I wouldn’t be here without them!”
A three-time All-American, Kalandadze is the three-time PIAA AAA state champion in the 500 freestyle and a six-time state medal winner. She is also the three-time defending District 1 Champion in the 500 freestyle and holds the District Record in the event. She’s also an eight-time record holder for Lower Merion High School.
On the club level, Kalandadze is a two-time participant in USA Swimming’s Open Water Nationals 10K and has qualified for Winter and Summer Juniors, Winter Senior Nats, and US Open.
Kalandadze joins a stacked recruiting class at the University of California-Berkley Bears swim team -- with three of the nation’s top-20 high school swimmers. Cal secured a total of nine new recruits, including No. 1-ranked Isabel Ivey out of Gainesville, Florida, No. 12 Chloe Clark out of Granite Bay, California and No. 20 Ayla Spitz out of Newport Beach, California. The class is completed with Sarah DiMeco (Sammamish, Washington), Rachel Klinker (Lexington, Kentucky), Danielle Carter (Los Altos, California), Emma Davidson (Yorba Linda, California), Ashlyn Fiorilli (McKinney, Texas) and Kalandadze.
Some of her best times are:
- 1650 Free 16:24.31
- 1000 Free 9:53.60
- 500 Free 4:46.25
- 200 Free 1:50.42
- 10K Open Water: 2:05.02.80