Mackenzie Looze to Swim for Dad at Indiana University

Rising high school senior Mackenzie Looze, daughter of Indiana University Swimming head coach Ray Looze and BHSS swimming co-head coach Kandis Looze, has made a verbal commitment to the Hoosiers for 2018-19.

I have decided to continue my swimming career at Indiana University to swim under my father and the rest of his coaching staff. I’m from Bloomington Indiana so I’m not going too far.”

Swimming for Bloomington High School South at the 2017 IHSAA State Tournament, Looze finished fourth in the 200 IM, split a 28.43 in the breaststroke leg of the second-place 200 medley relay, and anchored the fourth-place 400 free relay in 50.65. She swims in the summer with Indiana Swim Team, which is coached by the IU swim team staff, and during the school year with her high school team, coached by Phil Cole and Kandis Looze. Squeezed in between summer and high school seasons, she swims with Bloomington Swim Club, coached by Jeff Lebeau.

Top SCY times:

  • 500 free – 4:59.69
  • 200 free – 1:50.66
  • 200 IM – 2:00.43

Top LCM times:

  • 400 IM – 4:59.57
  • 200 IM – 2:20.14
  • 200 free – 2:05.83

Looze will join the Indiana University class of 2022 with Christin Rockway, Ileah Doctor, Julia Wolf, Maggie Wallace, Morgan Scott, and Noelle Peplowski.

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Nepotism begins at home!

This is a conflict of interest in my opinion. I generally don’t like athletes training under their parents at a high level as it almost always causes problems. Especially in a sport where relay spots and conference scoring spots are highly contested. Also in college where there are almost always extracurricular activities being had.

At the end of the day my opinion holds no weight in this and doesn’t matter, but I thought I’d share my opinion/experience with parents as coaches

In rare cases it’s an issue. She’ll be fine

The child in question regarding nepotism is almost always fine. It’s the people around them that have a problem with it. Nepotism is pretty much unavoidable when bringing a child onto your team or hiring them into your company. When they’re kids it’s usually never an issue, but when dealing with adults it definitely causes problems

Note Arthur Albeiro is getting his son, Nick, at UofL next year

Speed Racer

And Eddie is getting his grandson at UT.

With all due respect to his grandson, his grandson is slow for Texas standards. Most other kids would find it difficult to get a spot on Texas with his times, and especially with the times he had when he originally committed. Don’t get me wrong, Luke has solid times, but a 21.0, 45.9, 1:40, and a 50 point back aren’t very impressive for a Texas recruit (much slower when he committed).

In the sport of swimming it’s easy for nepotism to not be an issue in regards to relays and conference. Whoever has the fastest time, gets the best spot. That’s how it should be and I know for a fact IU follows that (sometimes to a fault)

This girl will do great things at Indiana! No reason for her not to there IMO!

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/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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