3x Ohio High School 500 Free Champ Tori Culotta Sends Verbal to Notre Dame

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Tori Culotta, a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from Willoughby, Ohio, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame for 2022-23.

“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at the University of Notre Dame! I want to thank all of my coaches, friends, family, and teammates for their endless support throughout this journey. I cannot wait to be a part of such an amazing team and university. GO IRISH☘️!!”

Culotta is a junior at Hawken High School in Gates Mills, Ohio. In February, she won her third consecutive OHSAA Division 2 state title in the 500 free (4:55.92) and placed 9th in the 200 free (1:53.95), contributing to Hawken’s team championship. As a sophomore last year, she won the 500 free with 4:52.11 and was runner-up in the 200 free (1:50.93).

In club swimming, Culotta represents Lake Erie Silver Dolphins. She earned most of her lifetime best times in the year between February 2018 and February 2019. In the summer of 2018, she competed at Summer Juniors and picked up all new times in the 400/800/1500 free. She swam her best SCY mile three months later at the 2018 Mark J. Braun Fall Classic. She competed at 2019 Summer Juniors and at Winter Juniors East in both 2018 and 2019. At the 18&U Winter Championships – Spire this past December, Culotta won the 1650 free and placed 3rd in the 500 free.

SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 16:33.11
  • 1000 free – 9:58.93
  • 500 free – 4:51.02
  • 200 free – 1:50.93

LCM times:

  • 1500 free – 16:59.30
  • 800 free – 8:56.75
  • 400 free – 4:23.06

Culotta will arrive in South Bend, Indiana just after Irish distance freestylers Madeline LaPorte, Sammie Eyolfson, and Luciana Thomas will have graduated but she will overlap with current freshmen Allison Kopac, Kallie Chelsvig, and Emma Gleason.

#18 Renee Gillilan, Grace Brenneman, Gretchen Lueking, and Mary Codevilla have also given their verbal commitments to Notre Dame for 2022-23.

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Tim Hable
1 year ago

Congrats! hope everything is well

1 year ago

Great addition to the team!

1 year ago

Way to go Tori. Good choice.

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