NAG Record-holder, #9 Tyler Lu, Verbally Commits to Northwestern

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Tyler Lu from Kirkland, Washington has announced his verbal commitment to Northwestern University for 2021-22. Lu ranks 9th on our top-20 list of recruits from the high school class of 2021.

“Super excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Northwestern University! I want to thank my friends, family, and @tommycunningham4 for being an amazing coach and supporting me throughout my swim career. Go Wildcats!”

Lu is the first verbal commitment for the Wildcats after the departure of Jeremy Kipp and the elevation of Katie Robinson to head coach. A true IMer, Lu excels in back, free and breast and holds the National Age Group Record for 13-14 boys in the 400 yard IM with 3:51.54. He is also a member of three NAG relay records: 11/12 200 SCY medley relay (2014); 13/14 400 SCY medley relay (2016); and 13/14 200 LCM medley relay (2016). Lu holds 2020 Olympic Team Trials qualifying times in the 200 IM (2:04.01) and 100 back (56.20).

Representing Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club at 2019 Winter Juniors West, Lu won the 200 IM (1:44.87), was runner-up in the 200 back (1:42.97), and placed 4th in the 100 back (47.82) and 9th in the 400 IM (3:50.26) at 2019 Winter Juniors West. At the Washington Open in February, he notched PBs in the 500 free (4:33.11), 200 breast (1:59.05), 100 fly (49.40), and 200 fly (1:49.25). He won the 200 breast and finished in the top-4 in the 50 free, 500 free, and 100 fly. Last summer, Lu earned PBs in the LCM 50 free (23.62), 100 free (51.93), 200 free (1:55.61), and 400 IM (4:29.39) at Pacific Northwest Long Course Championships. Two weeks later he added a lifetime best in the 100 fly (57.52) at Summer Junior Nationals.

Best Times:

  • 200 IM – 1:44.87
  • 400 IM – 3:48.14
  • 200 back – 1:42.97
  • 100 back – 47.34
  • 200 free – 1:37.43
  • 100 free – 44.60
  • 50 free – 20.41
  • 200 breast – 1:59.05

With a year left in high school to further improve his times, Lu would already be a B-final scorer in the 100/200 back, and 200/400 IM at 2020 B1G Men’s Championships. He would have been a C-finalist in the 100 free and just a tick out of scoring range in the 200 free (1:37.00 made it back). Lu will join the Wildcats’ class of 2025 with Daniel Matheson.

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JHswim
1 year ago

Congrats to Tyler! Awesome swimmer, great person.

Big Cat
1 year ago

Very surprising – good pickup for Northwestern. Congrats!

B1Guy!
1 year ago

Huuuuge! Congrats all parties!

B1Guy!
Reply to  B1Guy!
1 year ago

Take that Jeremy Lipp* 😆

CannonBall
1 year ago

Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan have really nice incoming 2021 boys class and with Tyler choosing NW you have to put them in that mix. That is a huge get. Congrats Tyler on choosing a great school. You just made the coaching staffs year.

Austinpoolboy
1 year ago

Congrats Mr Lu
Great get for Northwestern!

The michael phelps caterpillar
1 year ago

Trouble on the Farm?

tnp101
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
1 year ago

Did you know if he gets in?

Swimmer
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
1 year ago

Idek what this means, but the man goes 1:44 200 im and 1:42 200 back in high school so he’s better off than you

The michael phelps caterpillar
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

I have won 12 age group state titles as a coach. No one is better off than me.

GA Boy
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

He’s asking why he’s not going to Stanford (the Farm), he’s sayin that he’s such a good swimmer that he should be going to Stanford.

InTheNo
Reply to  GA Boy
1 year ago

I have it on good authority that Tyler’s choice came down to Northwestern and Princeton. His academics are legit.

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  GA Boy
1 year ago

Not everyone is Stanford material; not everyone wants to go to Stanford. It’s a mutual selection. Swimmers like Lu have many choices. Congrats and best wishes to Tyler!

swimfan210_
1 year ago

Congrats Tyler, huge get for Northwestern!

GA Boy
1 year ago

Don’t look now, but Northwestern currently has a better 2021 recruiting class than USC😳🤯

Alum14
Reply to  GA Boy
1 year ago

Hodgson staying at NW is going help keep their recruiting going. Definitely a strong and energetic staff still, even without Kip leading it.

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