Alaska State Champ Ellie Mercer Gives Her Commitment to Grand Canyon

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Ellie Mercer, a current high school senior from Eagle River, Alaska, has committed to swim for Division I Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Mercer will graduate from Eagle River High School in spring 2020 and join the Lopes’ class of 2024.

Mercer is a current year-round swimmer for the Chugiak Aquatic Club. Earlier this year, she became Alaska’s state champ in the 200 backstroke LCM (2:28.11) and the 100 backstroke LCM (1:08.40).

According to her Instagram, Mercer said:

“I am so excited to announce my commitment to swim for Grand Canyon University!! I’m super thankful for everyone that helped me get here and I can’t wait for the next 4 years💜 GO LOPES!!!”

With her current best times, Mercer would have had a few finals performances with GCU at the 2020 WAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Most notably, she would have placed 11th in the 100 backstroke (56.71) and 15th in the 200 backstroke (2:03.88).

Top SCY Times

  • 50 freestyle – 24.84
  • 100 freestyle – 53.86
  • 100 backstroke – 56.71
  • 200 backstroke – 2:03.88

At the WAC Championships this year, the Lopes placed 3rd as a team.

Mercer will trade the snow for the desert when she begins her swimming career at Grand Canyon University in fall 2020.

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