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Missouri State has received another verbal commitment, this time from Anika Lam of Olathe, Kansas.
“I am beyond excited to announce my decision to further my athletic and academic careers at Missouri State University! I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to compete under such amazing coaches and alongside great teammates, and can’t wait to bear up!”
Lam is a well-rounded swimmer, competing in free, back, breast, fly, and IM events. Training with Empire KC Swim Club, Anika found much success at the ages of 14 and 15. At the 2017 OZ CSC Columbia Tiger Invite, Lam swam best time in the 50 free (24.36) and while at the 2017 NT COPS Speedo Greater Southwest Invitational, Lam finished 1st in finals in the 100 free (51.82). Over her career, she has competed at Speedo Sectionals, USA Swimming Futures-Austin, Missouri Valley Short Course Championships, and more. Her latest meet, 2019 Speedo Championship Series-Columbia, Lam swam an abundance of events ranging from 50 free to the 200 IM, achieving personal bests in the 200 back and 100 fly, as well as season bests in the other 5 events.
Lam swims for her high school, Olathe North, and is a 6x Kansas 6A Girls State Champion finalist. At the 2017 state championship meet, Lam won the 200 IM in a time of 2:05.00 and finished 5th in the 100 free. The following year at the 2018 championship meet, Lam bettered her 200 IM time to a 2:04.33, reclaiming her title and finished 3rd in the 100 free.
Lam joins Sami Roemer at Missouri State in the Class of 2024 where she will add depth to the roster and will contribute to another great team finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.
Top SCY times:
- 50 Free – 24.36
- 100 Free – 51.82
- 200 Free – 1:52.98
- 100 Back – 58.41
- 200 Back – 2:09.19
- 100 Fly – 58.40
- 200 IM – 2:04.33
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