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Andrea Galea from Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, New Jersey has verbally committed to the LSU Tigers.
Galea brings some versatility to Baton Rogue, as well as impressive academic credentials.
Top times in yards:
- 100 free – 53.78 (52.45 on a rolling start)
- 100 back – 57.13
- 200 back – 2:04.70
- 100 fly – 57.72
- 200 IM – 2:08.27
Galea is a three-time A-finalst at the New Jersey High School Meet of Champions.
“The reason I chose LSU, is for its incomparable spirit and sense of camaraderie,” Galea said. “The minute I stepped onto campus, the unity and bond was palpable. It appealed to me for its balance and ability to value academics, athletics, and the development of well-rounded person. I feel that I can both improve in the pool tremendously as well as grow as student.”
Of the above times, only the 100 back and 100 free were done as a junior. She hit a bit of a plateau in certain events after an impressive start to her high school career – the above 200 back time was done as a freshman when she was just 14.
In the least, she projects to provide a boost to the Tigers’ academics. Galea has a 4.0 GPA, is a two-time Scholastic All-American, and a National AP Scholar Award Winner (meaning she scored at least a 3 on three or more AP tests).
In the pool, she’ll add more dual-meet depth to a backstroke group that graduated two of their four best after last season and will graduate their two best at the end of this season. Her 100 backstroke, especially, is where she showed a lot of improvement as a junior (she dropped almost a second).
Galea swim for Eric Harse at the Cougar Aquatic Team and Kelly Searfoss at Mount Saint Dominic Academy.
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