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Julia Waechter of Beverly Hills, Michigan, has verbally committed to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She currently swims for Marian High School and represents Motor City Aquatics during club competition.
I am so very excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Miami University. Big thanks to all my coaches, teammates, friends, and family who have supported me throughout this journey! Cannot wait to see what the future holds! GO REDHAWKS ❤️❤️ #loveandhonor
While representing Marian High School, Waechter has qualified for the Michigan High School D3 State Championships every season, swimming the 50 and 100 free every time. In the 50, she has shown remarkable consistency by making the A-final every year, with two fourth-place finishes in the 18-19 and 19-20 seasons. During the 20-21 season, she moved up to a podium finish, placing third. In the 100 free, which she has also swum all three years, Waechter has snagged A-final spots twice, with 5th and 4th place finishes these past two years, respectively.
Top Times SCY:
- 50 Free- 23.57
- 100 Free- 51.57
Editor’s note: Best times were from a high school meet in November 2020 that wasn’t sanctioned by USA Swimming, so they don’t appear in the USA Swimming database.
Miami University is an NCAA Division 1 school competing in the Mid-American Conference. At the 2021 edition of their conference championships, Miami was third out of eight teams, just behind the University of Buffalo and the University of Akron.
Waechter would be on the bubble of scoring in her primary events at the conference level since it took a 23.58 to make it back in the 50 and a 51.60 to score in the 100.
Miami has an especially strong sprint program, with two women in the A-final and two in the B-final in the 50. Three of those same athletes made it back in the 100 free as well. Two of them should still be at Miami when Waechter arrives: Honor Brodie-Fay and Rachel Botting, who will both be juniors that season and have both been sub-24 and sub-52 in the 50 and 100 free, respectively. However, Nicole Maier ranks as Miami’s top sprinter last season, and will also be a junior when Waechter matriculates to Miami, although she swam the 500 free and 200 fly at the conference meet, winning the 500 and placing second in the 200 fly.
Waechter will join Avery Catalano, Caitlin Horn, Brooke-Lynn Clark, Audrey Conley, Madison Saldanha, Maggie Patterson, Jenna Halliday, Mady Bachmeier, Maddie Zehr, Ashley Sego, and Mollie Lumsden in Miami’s class of 2026. This class will be Miami’s second-largest class, with the largest coming from their class of 2025 with 13 athletes.
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