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Centennial swimmer eyes spot at Princeton


Centennial High School junior Savannah Skow has set eight state records in competitive swimming and has now “verbally committed” to swim for the Princetown University Tigers.

According to a news release, the commitment does not guarantee admission, but if accepted she plans to study aerospace engineering while competing on the university’s team, following in her mother’s footsteps.

Savannah reportedly started swimming competitively at the age of eight, competing on numerous teams as her military family moved around. The family settled in Las Cruces in 2018, according to the release.

The Las Cruces Public Schools said Skow is involved with Advanced Education Services at the school, maintains a 4.1032 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, MESA and the Bella Voce varsity choir.

She swims for the Las Cruces Aquatic Team and was named to the 2022-2023 USA Swimming Scholastic All-America Team. That achievement requires carrying a minimum 3.5 GPA for an entire academic year in high school and swimming an individual pool time equal to or greater than the 2022 Winter Junior National qualifying time in at least one event.

Skow more than exceeded those benchmarks, per data provided by the school district, achieving the qualifying time standards in five events. She was also named to the 2023 Scholastic All-America Team.

In the 2022-23 swim year she broke eight New Mexico Swimming state records for her age group in 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard and 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 100-yard and 100-meter butterfly, 100-yard individual medley and 200-meter individual medley. At the Western Zone Seniors Championships in Calif. last summer, she topped 700 swimmers in making the “A” final in all seven entered events and earned the Women’s High Point Award.

“Teamwork is really important,” Skow commented in a written statement. “Even though swimming is an individual sport, it’s also a team sport, and being able to push each other, work towards a goal together and hold each other accountable is really important for having a good team environment.”

In addition to these and other achievements, Skow is ranked by SwimCloud in the top 100 of female swimmers in the Class of 2025 in the U.S., recognized by USA Swimming for her academic and swimming accomplishments and has been featured in swim magazines SwimSwam and Swimming World Magazine.

Savannah Skow, Centennial High swimmer, Princeton