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Miami University in Ohio has added another woman to the freshman class of 2023, with Lauren Gualtieri of Palm Harbor, Florida, committing to the school. Gualtieri is currently in her junior season at Clearwater Central Catholic High School and swims club with the Tampa Bay Aquatic Club.
I chose Miami because of the amazing coaches, athletes, and academic opportunities. I absolutely cannot wait to be a redhawk❤️🤍
This school year, Gualtieri made two finals appearances at the FHSAA 1A Swimming and Diving State Championships, which was held at the beginning of November. There, she swam to a 7th place finish in the 500 free (5:00.32) and 15th place finish in the 200 free (1:54.23). Those swims were slightly slower than her performances at the same meet during her sophomore year, where she made the A-final of both races and secured silver in the 500 free with a time of 4:54.12. That time, as well as her time of 1:51.82 in the 200 free, are still her lifetime bests.
Over the summer, Gualtieri made it into the B-final of the 400 free at the Futures Championship meet in Huntsville. During prelims, she finished in a lifetime best of 4:27.30. She also took 9th in both the 800 free (9:07.39) and the 1500 free (17:32.77).
Top SCY Times
- 100 free – 53.41
- 200 free – 1:51.82
- 500 free – 4:54.12
- 1650 free – 16:51.56
The Redhawk women are coming off of a season that saw them take 3rd at the Mid-American Conference Championships. The team’s top performer at the meet was Nicole Maier, who won the 500 free and 400 IM and took 2nd in the 200 fly. Maier is only a sophomore on the team this year, meaning that Gualtieri will arrive just in time for her senior year.
With her best times, Gualtieri is a huge addition to the Redhawks. With a year and a half of high school left to improve, she already holds times capable of scoring at the Mid-American Championships in 2021. She would have qualified for the A-final of the 500 free and B-final of the 200 free. Her top finish at the meet would have come in the 1650, where her best time would have earned her 5th place.
The distance events weren’t a strong spot for the Redhawks last season, with Maier’s gold in the 500 being the team’s only top-8 finish. In the 1650, the team’s top finisher was Alexandra Spaczay, who is a senior this year. So far this season, the 1650 is led by a pair of freshmen on the team, with Natalie Stump and Lauren Murray leading the team at the Miami Invitational.
Last season was the first time since 2014 that the Redhawk women have finished higher than 4th at the MAC Championships.
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