2022 NCAA ‘A’ Finalist Lola Mull of Northwestern Enters Transfer Portal

Rising Northwestern senior Lola Mull has entered the transfer portal. Mull has qualified for NCAAs in all three of her years so far at Northwestern.

Note: An athlete entering the transfer portal does not mean that they HAVE to transfer. Instead, it means that they are now allowed to communicate with other coaches about a potential transfer. 

Although the deadline to enter the portal for women’s swimming and diving was April 30th, Mull and the Northwestern program as a whole, are granted an exception as their head coach Katie Robinson stepped down to become the new associate head coach for the Stanford women’s program.

Originally from Michigan, Mull was one of SwimSwam’s “best of the rest” (BOTR) ranked recruits coming out of high school. As a freshman, Mull was third in the 1650 and 10th in the 500 free at Big Tens. Mull went on to score 11 points at NCAAs as she finished eighth in the 1650 freestyle, and was tied for Northwestern’s third-highest individual scorer.

Mull had a huge sophomore season, finishing second in both the 500 and 1650 freestyles at Big Tens as well as adding a third scoring event as she was 18th in the 400 IM. She was tied for the team’s second-highest individual scorer with 63 points.

At 2022 NCAAs, Mull finished seventh in the mile and was 10th in the 500 free, scoring a total of 19 individual points. Mull was the team’s highest individual scorer.

This past season, Mull was seventh in the 1650 and 12th in the 500 free at Big Tens. At NCAAs, she finished 18th in the 1650 free and 44th in the 500 free.

Mull’s best SCY times are:

  • 500 free: 4:38.37
  • 1650 free: 15:51.38
  • 400 IM: 4:18.19

Mull is the second NCAA qualifier for Northwestern to enter the portal since Robinson’s departure as rising sophomore Jamie Brennan entered a few weeks ago. Northwestern has not yet announced a new head coach.

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Jim Shirey
7 months ago

Any news on where Lola has landed? I don’t see her on NU, UVA, or SMU rosters

Reply to  Jim Shirey
7 months ago

She hasn’t raced since NCAAs. Haven’t received any info about where she’s swimming, if at all.

10 months ago

Would not be surprised at all if she heads north to Wisconsin.

Chiming in
10 months ago

How does a rising Senior enter the portal? Ie this for a grad year?

Reply to  Chiming in
10 months ago

Covid year. Five years vs traditional four is my guess.

Steve Nolan
10 months ago

Some might say she’s mulling it over.

10 months ago


10 months ago

I don’t super blame here since it’s the last day of July and they have no coach. I understand that shit is going down in the athletic department but like this shouldn’t be a hard position to recruit for, I’m sure they have qualified candidates interested

Bc tough
Reply to  Klorn8d
10 months ago

Just give it to Jake Tapp or else we take him back to Canada

10 months ago

Obviously not a shocker, but Curzan to UVA?

Just saw the influx of UVA members instagram accounts she has followed

Reply to  Swimz
10 months ago

Tracking who she follows on Instagram is 1) meaningless and 2) makes you sound like a psycho ex-boyfriend.

Reply to  RealSlimThomas
10 months ago

Nah it’s valid. Great way to figure out where someone’s committing before they post it

Reply to  Swimz
10 months ago

She’s 100% going there, she’s following the whole roster

Reply to  Swimz
10 months ago

That’s going to be amazing. Todd is going to make her faster.

Fanthony Ouchie
Reply to  Chris
10 months ago


Reply to  Swimz
10 months ago

Did Stanford give her grief over taking an Olympic redshirt year (like Cal did to Cierra)?

Reply to  Brandy
10 months ago

No, I don’t get that impression from speaking with Claire’s dad.

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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