Lane Technical (Chicago, IL) Senior Meghan Lavelle has verbally committed to the University of Iowa and will begin her career as a Hawkeye in the fall of 2014.
Lavelle is the Chicago Public School (CPS)–City League’s most decorated swimmer in history. In addition to owning nearly every city record on the books, she is targeting becoming the first ever CPS swimmer to capture an individual Illinois High School State title. As last year’s 4th place finisher in the 200 IM and 7th place finisher in the 100 back, she comes into the 2013 season as the one of the three fastest returnees in each of the events.
After a slow start to her high school career, Lavelle began to show her skills by winning her first Sectional title as a sophomore in 2011. During her club season in 2012 she garnered attention by making the consolation heat at Short-Course YMCA Nationals in the 200 back and followed that with a stellar Long Course Y-Nats in which she won the consolation heat of the 400 IM and finaled in the 200 back on the same day. Her 2012 season wrapped with the aforementioned showing at the IHSA State finals.
“I’m really proud of Meghan,” said her coach Bryan Lederhouse of Leaning Tower YMCA Sharks Swimming. “University of Iowa is going to be very happy. She’s a real diamond in the rough.”
So far in 2013 Lavelle has posted the state’s top time in the 200 yard back (1:59.72) and came back at night in all eight of her YMCA National individual events during the Short Course and Long Course season.
Lavelle’s top times:
50 free (23.87)
100 free (53.22)
200 free (1:55.13)
100 back (55.96)
200 back (1:59.72)
200 IM (2:04.77)
400 IM (4:27.15)