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Lilly Byrne of Woodstock High School and Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club in Woodstock, Georgia has announced her verbal intent to swim at Tulane University as a member of the class of 2023. Primarily a distance swimmer, Byrne’s career-best times in the 500 and 1650 freestyles would have put her in the top 9 in the American Athletic Conference for the 2018-2019 season, with her best 500 time being just .24 seconds outside of the top 8.
“I’m so blessed to be able to say that I have verbally committed to Tulane University!!! Thank you to everyone who helped me get here! I can’t wait for the next four years! Roll Wave !!”
Byrne was a Georgia High School 6-7A State Runner-Up in both the 200 (1:49.44) and 500 (4:51.65) yard freestyles, improving from 4th and 6th place finishes respectively as a junior the prior year. Where she really excels is at the longer races, finishing 6th in the 1000 (9:52.94) and 11th in the 1650 (16:44.82) yard freestyles at the NCSA Junior Championships just a month later.
Best Times in Yards:
- 200 Free – 1:49.44
- 500 Free – 4:51.65
- 1000 Free – 9:52.94
- 1650 Free – 16:44.82
When Byrne arrives in New Orleans in the fall of 2019, she will bring with her times in the 500 and 1650 that would have been the #2 times on the team for the previous season. She projects to be at least a two-event A finalist as a freshman, based on her times. She will join Ashley Carollo, Drew Peteriet, Hailey Roberti, and Mya Drost-Parra as members of Tulane’s Class of 2023.
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