MHSAA Record-holder Ashley Turak Makes Verbal Commitment to Indiana

Farmington Hills, Michigan’s Ashley Turak has announced her verbal commitment to attend Indiana University-Bloomington beginning in the fall of 2019. She will join Emily Weiss, who pledged her commitment to the Hoosiers’ class of 2023 last summer.

“I chose IU because the coaching staff and the team are extremely welcoming and made me feel at home instantly. The campus is lovely and the program is very supportive and opening! I believe that this school has so much to offer in terms of academics and athletics. Go Hoosiers!”

A junior at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Turak is a NISCA All-American who recently broke the Michigan High School Division I record in the 50 free and came within .45 of the 100 free record at the 2017 MHSAA Division I Girls Championship in November. Turak won the 50 free (22.38) and 100 free (49.79) individually, then led off Harrison Farmington’s winning 200 free relay (22.51) and anchored their state-champion 400 free relay (48.89).

Editor’s note: When Michigan split from 2 classes to 3 classes after the 2006 meet, rather than assigning the existing records to the new classes, the old records were ‘retired,’ and a new record set was created. Kara Lynn Joyce’s 22.04 will live forever, even when someone eventually swims faster. It still currently is the ‘All Divisions” record.

Turak swims year-round for dROP Aquatics. She competed at Winter Juniors East in the 50/100 free and 100 fly. Since the beginning of her junior year, Turak has notched PBs in the 50/100/200 free, 100/200 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200/400 IM. Most of those best times come from meets she has swum this spring, including Akron Sectionals last weekend.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 free – 22.38
  • 100 free – 49.79
  • 200 free – 1:50.90
  • 100 back – 56.62
  • 100 fly – 56.18

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Bob Joyce
3 years ago

Nothing against Ashley because she is clearly an excellent swimmer but what MHSAA D1 record book are you looking at because KLJ still has the 50 Free MHSAA D1 record at 22.04.

Reply to  Bob Joyce
3 years ago

Bob – KLJ’s record has been “retired” and will stand forever, even if someone goes faster, but is also not an “active record.” When Michigan split from 2 classes to 3 after the 2006 meet, rather than rolling records forward, they simply retired them. It’s a strange quirk in their record-keeping, but it is how they’ve chosen to handle it.

Bob Joyce
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Retired? Incredible. I did not hear about that. Retiring records is a highly unusual and ridiculous move. I stand corrected and astonished. Those that approved this should be given a special award.

Reply to  Bob Joyce
3 years ago

Michigan has “All Class” and Division records. Division records are record swims in that specific division from 2006-present. “All Class” are overall fastest swims at a state meet in Michigan’s history, regardless of year or division.

KLJ has “All Class” records in the 50, 100, and 200 free relay, but not Division 1 records. Relax a little, people in Michigan are still well aware of KLJ’s greatness.

Reply to  Bob Joyce
3 years ago

I’m pretty sure KLJ’s record is an all class record and Ashley’s is the Division 1 meet record

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