The following is a press release prepared by the Bauer family for publication:

Elise Bauer of Ocala, Florida, has given her verbal commitment to swim for the University of Florida beginning in the fall of 2020.

“I chose Florida because it is an academic and swimming powerhouse,” said Bauer. “I am grateful for my parents and coaches who helped me get here and am so excited to swim for one of the best schools in the country. I know that Coach Poppell will help me get to the next level of my swimming career.” Go Gators!

Bauer is a junior at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida and swims year-round for the Central Florida Marlins under Coach Bill Vargo. Bauer is a three time finalist at FHSAA State Championships in the 500 free (4:48.59) placing second the last two years. She also placed 5th in the 200 free (1:50.36) this year. She finished 5th in the 800 free (8:45.75) and 6th in the 1500 free (16:49.84) at Junior Nationals in Irvine, California this past summer. She won gold at Futures Championships last year in the 400 free, 800 free and 1500 free.  

Best SCY Times:
• 200 Free – 1:50.36
• 500 Free – 4:48.59
• 1000 Free – 10:04.31
• 1650 Free – 16:34.31

Bauer is recognized as a Scholastic All-American by USA Swimming, Athletic All-American and has attended the USA Swimming National Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Congrats on all your accomplishments and your commitment to UF. Everyone from FSN wishes you luck over the next four years of your swimming career!

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