Alabama Lands Winter Juniors A-Finalist Laci Black for 2022

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Laci Black of RACE (TX) has verbally committed to Alabama for fall 2022. She’s one of the top recruits nationally, and made our 2022 Girls HS rankings in our ‘Ones to Watch’ category.

I am beyond thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to further my swimming and academic career at the University of Alabama! I want to say a special thank you to my coaches, teammates and family for helping me along this journey. Alabama is an amazing University and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Roll Tide🐘❤️🤍 ❗️#wherelegendsaremade


  • 200 free – 1:50.49
  • 500 free – 4:51.63
  • 1000 free – 10:02.57
  • 1650 free – 16:37.34
  • 100 fly – 57.43
  • 200 fly – 2:00.18
  • 200 IM – 2:04.27
  • 400 IM – 4:14.92

Black is one of the top 400 IMers in the class of 2022, and she’s also a strong endurance freestyler and butterflier.

At the 2019 Winter Junior Championships – West, Black swam a lifetime best 4:14.92 in the 400 IM to place third overall after only making the C-final in 2018. In 2019, she also made the 200 fly C-final, touched at 10th in the mile, and was just one place out of the 500 free C-final.

Last summer, at Speedo Junior Nationals, Black finished 11th in the 800m free (8:52.78) and 18th in the 400m IM (4:53.06), going lifetime bests in both. At a sectional champs in Texas last summer, Black went a lifetime best 2:14.28 in the 200m fly to snag an Olympic Trials cut.

In the 200 fly, Alabama returns sophomore Rhyan White (1:55.78) and juniors Morgan Liberto (1:56.22) and Cat Wright (1:57.96). They also return Mallory Underwood, now a senior, who was 4:13.68 in the 400 IM last season after they graduated Alexis Preski (1:56.2 FL and 4:06.8 IM as a senior). Last year, Black would’ve been the Crimson Tide’s #3 400 IMer and she would’ve scored in the 400 IM C-final at the 2020 SEC Championships.

Black joins another top miler in the class, Stella Grace Watts, in Alabama’s class of 2026.

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30 days ago

Congratulations Laci!!!!

30 days ago

Alabama looks to be on the rise as they seem to be recruiting better these last few years.

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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