Indiana Scores Verbal from IHSAA State Breaststroke Champion MacKenna Lieske

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USA Swimming Scholastic All-American MacKenna Lieske has verbally committed to swim for Indiana University in the class of 2026.

“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to Indiana University and continue my academic and athletic careers!! I want to thank my parents, coaches, and teammates that have helped me get to this moment, I truly couldn’t have done it without all of the support. Go Hoosiers!!!⚪️🔴”

Lieske lives in Carmel, Indiana. She swims for both Carmel High School -where she is a junior- and Carmel Swim Club. Lieske contributed to Carmel’s 35th consecutive state title at the 2021 Indiana High School State Swimming and Diving Championships in February. She won the 100 breast (1:02.13) in a race where the top four finishers were separated by .20 and she placed third in the 200 IM (2:00.65). Both times were lifetime bests. She also notched a PB in the 200 breast in 2021, going 2:20.37 at a CSC Intrasquad in January.

Since the beginning of her junior year of high school, Lieske has improved her times in the 200y fly at the 2020 Benny Liang Memorial Intrasquad in October; the 200/500y free and 200y back at the 2020 SSC and CSC Senior Meet in November; and the 200m IM (2:20.78), 50/100y free, 100y back, and 100y fly at the 2020 CSC-Lakeside Winter Dual Meet in December.

Lieske will suit up for the Hoosiers in the fall of 2022 with Avery Spade, Cat Watrous, Chiok Sze Yeo, Gracie Olsen, Kristina Paegle, Lily Hann, and Mya Dewitt.

Top SCY times:

  • 200 IM – 2:00.65
  • 100 breast – 1:02.13
  • 200 breast – 2:20.37
  • 100 back – 57.21
  • 100 fly – 56.86

Indiana is a breaststroker magnet. In addition to US National Teamers Lilly King, Ian Finnerty, and Cody Miller, the Hoosiers have attracted recent talent such as Emily Weiss, Noelle Peplowski, Abigail Kirkpatrick, Catherine Graham, Zane Backes, and Maxwell Reich.

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6 months ago

MacKenna, congratulations on your decision. To just say that we’re thrilled to have you would be an understatement! You’re coming from a great program at Carmel that has a fabulous Head Coach in Indiana University graduate, Chris Plumb. I hope that you end up loving Indiana University as much as I do. I believe that if you love Indiana University, it will love you back and take you to places and to heights that you never dreamed were possible. I told that to GOAT Coach, Ray Looze, and his lovely wife, Kandis, when they arrived in Bloomington in 2003 and they have fully embodied that statement since that very day.

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6 months ago

Do you have nothing else to do?

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6 months ago

This is AWESOME!!!

I. Paegle
6 months ago

Awesome news! Can’t wait to see MacKenna and her teammates perform in a few years!

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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