IHSA Finalist Kellie Willhite Joins Brown Class of 2024

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Kellie Willhite of Metea Valley High School and Maverick Swim Club in Illinois will join Brown University this fall.

I am thrilled to announce my commitment to Brown University! I’m so thankful for the opportunity to study and swim at such an amazing school! I can’t wait to work with Coach Kate and Coach Niko and be part of such a great team! Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches for always supporting me. Go BRUNO!


  • 50 free – 23.67
  • 100 free – 51.50
  • 100 breast – 1:03.47
  • 200 breast – 2:20.89
  • 200 IM – 2:06.22

Willhite has finished top-eight at the IHSA State Championships twice in the 100 breast, her highest finish coming in 2018 at seventh. At the 2019 IHSA Champs, she led off Metea Valley’s seventh-place medley relay (26.86), and she did the same (23.93) on their runner-up 200 free relay.

With her best times, Willhite would’ve made the B-final in the 100 breast at the 2020 Ivy League Champs, and she would’ve made the 200 breast C-final. She would’ve also been just off of making the 50 free C-final.

Willhite will get two seasons with Brown’s top breaststroker, rising junior Audrey Lukawski (1:02.8/2:14.5), and three seasons with rising sophomore Sasha Liu (1:02.8/2:18.8). She joins Emily Clements, Isabela Antoniuk, Rebecca Waterson and Maria Iorini in the Brown class of 2024.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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