Claire Young Brings A-Final Potential to Eastern Michigan

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Claire Young, of the Grosse Pointe Gators, is headed to Eastern Michigan University according to her club’s tweet:

 Young is backstroke specialist who will be a huge factor for the Eagles right away:

  • 50 backstroke- 25.94
  • 100 backstroke- 55.30
  • 200 backstroke- 2:03.67

That 100 backstroke would have placed her in the A-Final of last year’s MAC Championship. It’s also just a few hundredths faster than any EMU swimmer went last year. Junior Alexis Mictheltree recorded a 55.59, although she has the school record mark at 54.59 from her freshman year. Mitcheltree was also the fastest 50 backstroker on the team last year, with her 25.3 a little bit more out of Young’s reach at the moment. Still, the addition of Young will give coach Peter Linn many options as EMU tries to claw its way to the top of the MAC.

Young has competed throughout her high school years for Grosse Point, finishing second in the Michigan State Divison 2 meet last year in the 100 backstroke and 6th in the 200 IM. She was also third at the 2013 championship.

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Chris DeSantis is a swim coach, writer and swimming enthusiast. Chris does private consulting and coaching with teams and individuals. You can find him at www.facebook.com/cdswimcoach. Chris is a 2009 Graduate from the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the first professional athletic coach …

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