Distance Freestyler Leyla Sleime (2023) Makes Verbal Commitment to Purdue

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Leyla Sleime from Charlotte, North Carolina has announced her intention to swim and study at Purdue University beginning in the fall of 2023. A junior at Charlotte Catholic High School, she does her year-round swimming with Mecklenburg Swim Association, which she joined this fall after having previously swum for SwimMAC Carolina.

Sleime contributed to Charlotte Catholic’s North Carolina High School 3A state titles in both her freshman and sophomore years. At the 2020 NCHSAA 3A meet, she was runner-up in the 500 free; last year, she finished fifth. At 3A West Regionals, she won the 500 free in 2020 and was runner-up in 2021.

Sleime’s best events start with the longest high school distance and build from there. She won the 500/1000 free and was runner-up in the 1650 at the North Carolina Short Course Age Group Championships in 2020 (when she swam for SwimMAC) and made the North Carolina Open Water Zone Team that same year. She earned lifetime bests in the 200/500/1650 free last March at 2021 Cary Sectionals, placing 25th in the 500 and 6th in the mile. In December, she updated her times in the 50/100 free and 100 back at the ATOM Winter Invite. She wrapped up long course season last summer at Huntsville Futures with a pair of top-16 finishes in the 800 free and 1500 free.

Best SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 17:02.07
  • 1000 free – 10:13.36
  • 500 free – 4:58.31
  • 200 free – 1:54.83
  • 400 IM – 4:35.51
  • 200 IM – 2:08.33
  • 100 back – 58.64
  • 200 back – 2:09.75
  • 100 breast – 1:07.91
  • 200 breast – 2:26.86

She will join the Boilermakers’ class of 2027 with Gretchen Schneider, Kaylee Wu, and Meg Howell in the fall of 2023.

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