Swimming & Diving


Top Times (As of November 2015):

100 Free (SCY) – 51.82

200 Free (SCY) – 1:51.55

100 Back (SCY) – 56.37

200 Back (SCY) – 2:02.39

100 Fly (SCY) – 54.77

200 Fly ((SCY) – 2:00.08

200 IM (SCY) – 2:02.59

400 IM (SCY) – 4:23.64 

Prep & Personal: Athletic swimmer who joins eight other incoming freshwomen in the class of 2020 … swam with prep team at Chapel Hill High School and on North Carolina Aquatic Club (NCAC) team all four years of high school … with NCAC, named most valuable player four consecutive times and helped team finish second at 2015 Senior National meet … as a freshman with prep team, finished third in 100 fly and fourth in 200 IM at North Carolina State Championships … improved to state champion in both events as a sophomore … crowned Big 8 Conference, Division 3A Women’s Swimming State Championship MVP for her titles and was recognized as a Scholastic All-American in both events … also recognized as high school swimming All-American … as a Junior, repeated as 3A state champion in 100 fly and 200 IM … voted captain and again earned Scholastic All-American honors … as a senior, won 3a state title for third consecutive year in 100 fly, finishing fourth in 200 IM … recipient of 3A Women’s Swimming Outstanding Sportsmanship Award … won NCHSAA Performance of the Week Award (Feb. 9, 2016) … captained CHHS team for second season and was voted 2016 Big 8 Conference Swimmer of the Year … team finished regular season 9-0 and went on to win Conference Championship, Regional Championship and finish second at State Championship meets … outside of the pool, volunteers with Special Olympics … also served as a senator in Chapel Hill High School student government, as a senior athlete representative for North Carolina Swimming and as Tiger Roar Advisor, assisting with school spirit club … member of Rho Kappa National History Honors Society and Latin Honors Society … elected Vice President of Chapel Hill High School National Honors Society … biggest athletic thrill to date was representing CHHS and winning individual events at state championship for three years … youngest child of Tracy and Rich DeSelm … has an older brother, Grant … father, Rich, is current head men’s and women’s swimming coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, and served as a U.S. Swimming National Team coach in 2014 … grandfather Jack Martin played football and baseball at Kentucky … will enroll in First Year of Studies program at the University.

Head Coach Mike Litzinger On DeSelm: “Claire is a terrific fit for Notre Dame. She will make the most of her experience as a student, an athlete, and as a vital part of our University community. Claire brings a blue-collar work ethic to the pool, and will be an outstanding teammate. I am looking forward to working with her and the rest of our incoming athletes in helping the Irish swimming program build a great future.”

Claire DeSelm
Claire  DeSelm


Chapel Hill, NC

High School:
Chapel Hill


Fly / IM

Event Calendar


March 22
All Day
Mens NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, IN (IU Natatorium)
March 23
All Day
Mens NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, IN (IU Natatorium)
March 24
All Day
Mens NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, IN (IU Natatorium)
March 25
All Day
Mens NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, IN (IU Natatorium)

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