2022 Pac-12 finalist Jade Hannah has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal after one season at USC.
Hannah was originally scheduled to begin at USC in 2020, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Tokyo 2020 Olympic delays, she didn’t arrive until the fall of 2021.
The 20-year-old Hannah is a five-time World Junior Champion, having represented Canada at that meet in both 2017 and 2019. In 2017, she won individual gold in the 50 backstroke along with both women’s and mixed medley gold medals; in 2019, she won the 100 and 200-meter backstrokes individually. She also has a silver and three bronze medals across those two meets.
As a freshman at USC last season, she placed 22nd at Pac-12s in the 50 free (22.74), 9th in the 100 back (52.77), and 8th in the 200 back (1:55.82). She hasn’t raced since those Pac-12 Championships in February.
Hannah’s best long course times in her primary events all came from 2019.
Because Hannah entered the portal after May 1, she would need an NCAA waiver to be eligible to compete this fall. Entering the portal does not require a student-athlete to transfer; rather, it gives them more freedom to discuss the possibility of a transfer with other programs.
The 2021-2022 season will be Lea Maurer’s first opportunity to lead the program on a full-time basis. She served as the interim head coach in the 2020-2021 season while Jeremy Kipp was placed on administrative leave.