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Mia Saenger of Team Eugene Aquatics in Oregon has verbally committed to Columbia University as part of the high school class of 2020.
Primarily a backstroker and sprint freestyler, Saenger is a district champion and Ohio State 6A (big schools) 3rd-place finisher in both the 50 free (24.05) and 100 back (55.43) from February of this year. In the 100 back, that marked her 2nd-straight 3rd-place finish at that meet.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 23.97
- 100 free – 52.83
- 200 free – 1:57.13
- 50 back – 26.23
- 100 back – 55.43
- 200 back – 2:01.80
- 100 fly – 57.52
The backstrokes were a strength for the Columbia Lions last season, but their top finisher in the 100, Mary Ashby (54.42), graduated. Their #2 from last season, Julia Samson (54.61), will graduate this year. Jing Tan joins the team this year with a best of 55.2, and with Saenger to follow, Columbia will rebuild that group quickly.
Saenger swims scholastically for South Eugene High School.
When sharing the commitment of Saenger, her club posted on Instagram a picture of Saenger from 2012 when she was a 10 & under. The club had a “college caps program” where their athletes wear a cap of a “goal college,” and a 10-year old Saenger wore a Columbia cap.
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