Haag Commits to Towson’s D1 Swimming & Diving Team


Brooke Haag, 50-yard freestyle county champion, secured her commitment to swim for Towson University’s NCAA Division I team on September 13th, 2021. Haag, an accomplished swimmer, has been a fundamental part of Massapequa’s swim team since freshman year. 

With eight years of experience swimming for the Long Island Aquatic Club, she qualified in the state championship for Massapequa in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. Although there was no actual state meet due to COVID-19 in 2020, all the top New York state times were compiled and Brooke Haag was ranked sixth in the state! 

Additionally, she made Newsday’s top 25 athletes for swimming. At the same meet that Haag became the county champion in the 50-yard freestyle, she met an important cut time that qualified her for a meet in Florida this upcoming March. 

Sports recruitment has been turned upside down due to the pandemic, however, it didn’t prevent Haag from committing to a college for her sport.

About a week after her official visit and initial offer, Brooke Haag said “at first the process was very nerve-racking with not knowing if I’ll be able to meet with the team or coaches in person, but towards the end of the official visit, it finally felt like the process was coming together.”

The recruitment process consisted of tons of emails, Zoom meetings, and phone calls. Often, official visits were pushed back, making it harder to commit and stay connected with a school. 

However, Brooke Haag was able to keep in contact with her coach, Jake Shrum, by logging phone calls. She felt it was important that she was “staying persistent and organized.”

Although the Towson women’s swimming coach has not seen her swim in person due to COVID-19 restrictions, the sport of swimming is all about time so it wasn’t that much of an issue.

Haag and all the other swimmers had to make the most out of the limited meets so they could ensure recruitment sometime in the future. “It was especially difficult with covid and the limited meets we had to begin with,” she stated. 

Haag plans on keeping in contact with her coach and future team through emails, texts, and social media. She said that the Towson swim team reminded her of her awesome club team; “it was where I felt the most comfortable with the team and where I felt I would be able to continue improving once getting to college.” 

Brooke Haag was able to get the majority of the team’s contact information. She said that “a lot of them had also reached out after I committed which made me feel so welcomed already, even though there’s still another year until I join them at Towson.”

There’s no doubt that Haag’s hard work over the years, from morning club practices to after-school practices, paid off. She looks forward to beginning her new academic and athletic chapter at Towson University next year.

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