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Fullerton, California sprinter Lily Olson has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Illinois for 2020-21. She will join Laurel Bludgen in the class of 2024.
“I am very excited to announce my commitment to swim and study at the University of Illinois! I wouldn’t be where I am today without the constant love and support of all those around me and can’t wait to join such an amazing team at a great school. Also very happy to be returning to my birth state! GO ILLINI 🧡💙”
Olson is a senior at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. She specializes mainly in freestyle and butterfly and swims year-round with Irvine Novaquatics. Olson placed 8th in the 50 free at the 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 1 (largest schools) Championships in May, going a personal-best time of 23.95. She won the consolation final of the 100 free with 52.00, another lifetime best. Olson also anchored the 5th-place 200 free relay (23.37) and the 4th-place 400 free relay (51.78). After high school season, she had a very successful summer in which she notched PBs in the LCM 50/100/200 free and 50/100/200 fly. In particular, she went best times in the 50/100m free and 200m fly at USC’s Los Angeles Invitational, finaling in the 200m fly.
Top SCY times:
- 50 free – 23.95
- 100 free – 52.00
- 100 fly – 58.43
- 200 fly – 2:04.84
- 200 IM – 2:10.59
It took 23.10/50.57 to score in the 50/100 free and 54.50/2:00.65 to score in the 100/200 fly at 2019 B1G Championships.
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