Valencia swimmer Julia Wolf chooses Indiana University

Valencia's Julia Wolf swims the 100 yard freestyle during a dual meet with Hart at the Aquatic Center on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Since joining Coley Stickels’ group at Canyons Aquatic Club almost a year ago, Valencia High’s Julia Wolf has experienced improved mental toughness and an ability to finish races stronger than before.

So, with Stickels now the sprint coach at Indiana University, it only made sense that Wolf would take a look at the Big Ten program.

She recently took a visit to the Bloomington, Indiana, campus and “fell in love.”

“The campus was gorgeous, and I could picture myself living there for four years,” said Wolf last week after committing to Indiana. “When I met the team, the girls were so sweet and welcoming. I felt like I had been a part of the family for years. All of them work extremely hard and are always there for each other and have only good intentions for everyone.”

Wolf, a rising senior, is the reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 1 champion in the 50-yard freestyle.

She won the 50 and 100 free races at Foothill League finals in May, breaking Saugus grad Abbey Weitzeil’s meet record in the 50 free with a time of 22.53 seconds.

Wolf, who used to swim with another Santa Clarita Valley-area swim club, switched to Canyons and Stickels’ group a little under a year ago. She says Stickels changed her swimming “tremendously.”

“He also worked on my physical strength and got me to focus on every little detail of my races in order to get better,” Wolf said.

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