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High school seniors Josie Liebzeit and Isabella MacLean-Cariello from Lakewood Aquatics in Southern California have signed NLIs to swim in college. Liebzeit plans to attend Washington State University with fellow commits Emily Ward, Hailey Grotte, Payten Irwin, and Ula McPherson, while MacLean-Cariello will be swimming at the University of Idaho and will join Jamie Morgan in the class of 2024. Ironically, they will still be neighbors as the two schools are just miles apart.
“I’m excited to have signed with the University of Idaho !! I really feel like the campus and swim team were a great fit for me and I can’t wait to excel not only in academics but also in athletics. I am grateful for the opportunities that I have been given and, if it weren’t for my parents and my phenomenal coach, Jon Moore, achieving my dream of swimming Division 1 would not have been possible. Go vandals !!”
MacLean-Cariello attends Millikan High School in Long Beach. A breast/fly/IM specialist, she finished 12th in the 200 IM (2:11.75) and 18th in the 100 breast (1:09.70) at 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships. Last weekend she competed at CA/NV Sectionals and came in 17th in the 200 breast with a new PB. She also competed in the 100 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM.
- 400 IM – 4:32.09
- 200 IM – 2:10.34
- 200 breast – 2:24.51
- 100 breast – 1:08.71
- 200 fly – 2:11.52
- 100 fly – 1:00.77
Josie Liebzeit – Washington State University
“I’m so excited to announce that I’ve signed with Washington State University! I’m thankful for this opportunity to study and be a part of such a welcoming and hardworking team. My parents and my team at Lakewood Aquatics have been so supportive throughout the process and have helped me get to this point. I’m also thankful for Coach Jon who has taught me so much in the last few years and influenced my decision to swim in college. Looking forward to being a Coug!”
Liebzeit is a senior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School who specializes in backstroke and IM. She placed 5th in the 200 IM (2:07.89) and 7th in the 100 back (57.39) at the 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships. Since the start of senior year she has gone best times in the 200/500/1000 free, 200 back, 100 breast and 200 fly. Last summer she put up a slew of PBs at Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics then went on to compete at Mt. Hood Futures in the 100/200 back and 200/400 IM. She finished 22nd in the 200 back and 11th in the 400 IM with a PB of 5:04.44.
- 200 back – 2:01.95
- 100 back – 57.39
- 50 back – 27.31
- 400 IM – 4:27.91
- 200 IM – 2:07.75
- 200 fly – 2:07.19
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