2019 CIF Southern Section D2 Runner-Up Marly Lough Verbals to Penn State

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Brea Aquatics sprinter Marly Lough has pledged a verbal commitment to Penn State for fall 2021.

I chose Penn State because it is one of the top universities in the country and because I know it is the perfect place for me to continue to grow as a student and as an athlete.  The coaching staff and the team have been amazing throughout the recruiting process and I fell in love with State College when I visited with my family.   Thank you to my family, my friends, and the coaches who helped get me to this point.


  • 50 free – 23.55
  • 100 free – 50.11
  • 200 free – 1:49.06
  • 100 back – 56.91
  • 200 back – 2:01.58
  • 200 IM – 2:02.73

As a freshman at Saint Lucy’s Priory High School, Lough finished eighth in the 100 free and 10th in the 200 free at the 2018 CIF State Championships after finishing fourth in both races at the 2018 CIF Southern Section D2 Champs. Then, as a sophomore, Lough won the 2019 CIF Southern Section D2 title in the 100 free and was the 200 free runner-up. She went on to take 10th in the 100 free and 16th in the 200 free at the 2019 CIF State Champs.

Most recently, Lough competed at the Pro Swim Series stop in Des Moines, where she made the 200 back C-final (2:19.90) to finish 19th overall.

Rising sophomore Abbie Amdor led the Penn State women in the 100/200 free last year at 49.1/1:47.1; she was also a B-finalist at the 2020 Big Ten Champs in the 100 free. With her lifetime best, Lough would’ve squeaked into the 100 free Big Ten C-final last season.

Lough joins PA-based sprinter Maura Fluehr in Penn State’s class of 2025 on the women’s side.

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1 year ago


SoCal Swim Dad
1 year ago

Southern section. Not Central.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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