Arkansas 6A Record-holder Lienfang Yu Announces Verbal Commitment to Wisconsin

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Rising high school senior Lienfang Yu from Rogers, Arkansas, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin’s class of 2027.

“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim at the University of Wisconsin! A huge thank you to my family, teammates, and coaches who have helped me get to this point. I can’t wait for this journey with an amazing new team. Go badgers! ❤️🦡”

Yu swims for Bentonville High School, whose girls have won four straight Arkansas 6A State Championships thanks in no small part to her performances. As a freshman, she won the 200 IM (2:06.31) and 100 breast (1:06.26) individually and contributed to the winning 400 free relay. In 10th grade, she swam breast (28.76) on the state-champion 200 medley relay, won the 200 IM with a 6A record (2:04.21), won the 100 breast with another state record (1:02.85), and anchored the winning 400 free relay (52.21). This past season, she successfully defended her individual titles in the IM (2:05.28) and breast (1:03.04), as well as the 200 medley and 400 free relays – the latter of which set a 6A state record.

Yu does her club swimming with Northwest Arkansas Aquatics. She recently notched PBs in the 50/200 free and 50/100/200 breast at Columbia Sectionals, placing 6th in the 50 free (23.85), 2nd in the 50 breast (28.85), 2nd in the 100 breast (1:02.44), 3rd in the 200 breast (2:14.98), 3rd in the 200 IM (2:04.18), and 4th in the 400 IM (4:26.13). A week later she added PBs in the 100 fly (57.17), 200 fly (2:11.69), and 400 IM (4:25.62) at the Arkansas Swimming LSC Senior Championships.

Best SCY Times:

  • 50 breast – 28.85
  • 100 breast – 1:02.44
  • 200 breast – 2:14.98
  • 200 IM – 2:03.49
  • 400 IM – 4:25.62

Yu will join the Badgers’ class of 2027 with Maddie Waggoner, Hailey Tierney, and Kit Schneider in the fall of 2023. She will overlap with Natalie Bercutt (1:01.46/2:19.05 this season), Katie McClintock (1:03.86/2:13.78), and Alex Anagnostopoulos (1:03.74/2:16.87).

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BHS Tigers are Pretty Awesome
11 months ago

Congrats!! A great pick up for the Badgers!

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