NCAA Hockey Commit McKenzie Siroky Hits 1:00.7 100 Breast At Early-Season HS Meet

2022 Pioneer Classic

Despite choosing to pursue ice hockey at the collegiate level rather than swimming, McKenzie Siroky is still churning out impressive performances in the pool.

Siroky, who committed to play hockey at Division I Minnesota Duluth last year, set a new state record of 1:00.48 in the girls’ 100 breaststroke last November at the MHSAA Division I Championships, lowering a seven-year-old mark previously held by six-time All-American Miranda Tucker.

Now a senior with Livonia Stevenson High School, Siroky is still swimming despite her future NCAA career being on the ice.

Over the weekend, Siroky posted some blistering times at the Pioneer Classic, an early-season MHSAA meet featuring seven different schools.

Siroky went two-for-two individually, most notably putting up a time of 1:00.77 in the 100 breast  to near her best time and state record set last year, winning by more than five seconds.

The Livonia, Mich., native also topped the 50 free in 23.76, having set a PB of 23.04 last year, and propelled Livonia Stevenson to a pair of relay wins.

In the meet-opening 200 medley relay, Siroky split 27.85 on breast to help lead Kaari Peecher (28.45-back), Faith Robertson (26.58-fly) and Allie Allen (23.88-free) to the win in a time of 1:46.76.

In the 200 free relay, Allen (25.10), Robertson (25.51), Peecher (25.44) handed off to Siroky, who anchored in 23.58 to earn the team a two-second victory (1:39.63).

In what is a relatively thin breaststroking class in terms of depth (HS class of 2023), Siroky would’ve been a highly sought after recruit had she opted to swim in college instead of playing hockey.

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SwimFanner
1 month ago

This article came up again so I figured I’d mention that she’s also one of the very few female skaters to play high school boys hockey! Extremely good athlete all around and I’m excited to watch her at UMD.

tea rex
2 months ago

Related to Jilen Siroky? (1996 Olympic breaststroker)

pioswam
2 months ago

Her stroke isn’t legal. Arms need to be touching the water or its butterfly. Would be called in a USA meet in a second.

Admin
Reply to  pioswam
2 months ago

Any chance you have video? Best I could find was this from last year’s state meet: https://twitter.com/statechampsmich/status/1479085761085460481

While it’s very close, when I went frame-by-frame, I couldn’t actually identify any moment where her elbows are out of the water. It’s kind of an interesting technique – she starts her recovery with a similar motion to the swimmers we all know who infamously get called for this, but she drops her hands back down before finishing the extension, which keeps her elbows in the water. Most of the notorious swimmers keep their hands high throughout the recovery, which pops the elbows out at the end.

She’s right on the edge, and it’s hard… Read more »

neerswim
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Many have videos of it and still frames. Arms and elbows definitely out of the water. More so at the beginning of the races before she tires out. Don’t get us wrong- gifted athlete and would be able to correct it and still swim fast.

klop_todd
Reply to  neerswim
1 month ago

yes fluctuated during the race if she needed to speed up or was tired

NOT the frontman of Metallica
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Maybe there are other videos showing otherwise, but this clip in the tweet looks clean to me.

gobucks97
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

agree stroke is illegal

klop_todd
Reply to  pioswam
1 month ago

We noticed this last weekend too. Elbows out of the water not even a question. Can’t say it’s just strength either. Men don’t do it. Plus it’s a technique call that’s very obvious. Don’t mean to bring anyone down but it is what it is.

Admin
Reply to  klop_todd
1 month ago

Still waiting on someone to produce evidence of this “very obvious” violation. Only video presented so far is legal.

pioswam
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Not everyone YouTubes their videos. Just go look at her own Instagram account posted photo of her arms and elbows all the way out. Provide your email and I’ll share it for people to send you the photos. It’s not even debatable. Fly arms- very wide breast kick. Simple fixes that she could make but probably doesn’t even know just like she was unaware at the state meet that she can’t flinch on the block.

Admin
Reply to  pioswam
1 month ago

She has 5 photos on Instagram, and none of them are of her swimming breaststroke.

This thread is getting a little uncomfortable.

pioswam
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Interesting that it was literally just removed. This is a sports site discussing sports. You continue to respond to our observation asking for photos and videos which we cannot upload to this site unless we created a YouTube account to do so. THAT would be uncomfortable. It’s ok if you don’t want to agree with us. We are ok with that.

neerswim
2 months ago

Unfortunately her stroke isn’t legal and wouldn’t hold up in a USA meet. Her entire arms (and elbows) are completely out of the water’s surface on every stroke. It’s essentially fly arms.

pioswam
Reply to  neerswim
2 months ago

yes and it’s getting more noticeable every year

DrSwimPhil
2 months ago

Any relation to 1996 Olympian breaststroker Jilen Siroky?

SwimFanner
2 months ago

Was surprised when she got left off of the U18 roster. Happy to see she’s not letting it slow her down though!

Meeeee
Reply to  SwimFanner
2 months ago

Do you mean U18 for hockey or swimming? If for swimming, she has never swam a club meet or trained with a club other than summer club. No times in USA Swim database.

SwimFanner
Reply to  Meeeee
2 months ago

Hockey. She led the pre tournament tournament in points.

Swimfan
Reply to  Meeeee
2 months ago

Seems like she has zero interest in being on any U18 swimming roster. And is a way better swimmer than 1000s of girls who do.

James Beam
2 months ago

Yowza…very impressive…you have a lot of successful 2 sport water athletes (Biondi etc) who swam/dove/water polo, but I can’t think of anyone who has excelled in both the liquid and solid form of H20….if that hockey career doesn’t pan out, I’m pretty sure a transfer to Minneapolis for the swim team would work out well for her!

2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

Unreal! Good for her!

As we learned earlier this year, God supports team sports like football. But not swimming or something. Just FYI.

ReneDescartes
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

Fr fr, God doesn’t swim in the water, he walks on it.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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