In-state Fly/Back Specialist Makayla Varga Commits to Fighting Illini

Makayla Varga, a senior at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, Illinois, has announced her commitment to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She will join fellow class of 2022 commits Abby Cabush, Abby Martin, Caroline Hippen, Emily Bolger, Kaylee Heimes, Maddy Crosby, Sarah Cano, Sidney Kennedy, Taylor Shegos, and Tiffany Qiao in the fall.

“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and swim career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! Thank you to all of my friends, family, and coaches who have helped me along the way. I cannot wait to be a part of such an amazing family! Go Illini!”

Varga was a finalist in the 100 fly at the IHSA Girls Swimming and Diving Championships during each of her four high school seasons; she finished a respective 13th, 13th, 11th, and 14th in her freshman through senior state meets. Varga swims year-round with Lincoln Way Swim Association. She recently swam at the 2018 NCSA Spring Championship (50/100 free, 50 back, 50 breast, and 50/100 fly) and at the Illinois Swimming LSC Senior Championships (50 free, 100 back, 200 IM). So far this spring she has improved her lifetime bests in the 200 free and 50 back. At last summer’s Futures Championships in Austin, she went PBs in the 50/100m free and 200m IM.

Best SCY times:

  • 100 fly – 56.36
  • 100 back – 57.72
  • 50 free – 24.67
  • 100 free – 54.56
  • 200 IM – 2:10.96

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].


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2 years ago

Is she related to Ida Marko-Varga? Poor girl who was called an ‘ anchor ‘ after swimming last leg in 4×200 relay in Kazan losing all advantage earned by Sjostrom and Coleman. It was unfair act of Swedish coaches to humiliate her this way.

Coach A
Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

I don’t know the answer to your question. Regardless, what is it within you that feels the need to denigrate a complete stranger … a happy kid who is announcing where she’s going to swim in college? Here’s MY comment that I learned from others … if ya don’t have something nice to say then just shut the hell up! Did it make you feel good to post what you did? If so, you really need to get some serious counseling. In the meantime, congratulations to the young woman.

Reply to  Coach A
2 years ago

You are right: that is not right place to bring up these recollections.

2 years ago

Congrats Makalya ?

2 years ago

The headline is kind of funny; it makes it sound like she committed to fighting the Illini. Anyway, congratulations! Swimming in college is something to be proud of.

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