New Trier’s Kasey Venn Sends Verbal Commitment to Michigan State

Kasey Venn, a rising senior at New Trier High School who also trains with New Trier Aquatics, has verbally committed to Michigan State University for the fall of 2019.

Venn is a breaststroker who has scored in the 1oo breast B final at the IHSA State Championships for two years in a row. In November of 2016, as a sophomore, Venn clocked a 1:04.53 for 9th place. Last season, she finished in 11th (1:04.65). Her best time in the 100 breast is the 1:03.21 done at a 2016 IHSA Sectional Championship.


  • 100y breast – 1:03.21
  • 100m breast – 1:13.30
  • 200y breast – 2:20.22
  • 100y fly – 56.93
  • 200y IM – 2:05.82
  • 200m IM – 2:22.67

Though she hasn’t gone a PR in yards since 2016, Venn did hit a lifetime best in the 100 breast in long course this year, registering a 1:13.30 at the 2018 Illinois Senior LC Championships in mid-July.

Michigan State had two juniors hit 1:00’s in the 100 breast last season: Ana Sortland (1:00.72) and Ellie Roche (1:00.87). They have just one season of eligibility left, though, so the program is in need of a breaststroke talent influx. Venn’s 1:03.21 would’ve ranked fourth on their 2017-18 roster behind Sortland, Roche, and rising sophomore Erin Szara (1:02.09).

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4 years ago

Check your stats.
NCSA results from this past week – Kasey just dropped a 1:12.2 in her 100 brst and even more impressive is her fly drops – her 27.82 split on the 200 MR for NTA last week is sure to be a big contributor for a dry MSU sprint squad.

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4 years ago

Big10SwimFan – In response to your polite request to “check your stats,” I would recommend you check your dates. You may not have noticed that this story was originally reported early on the day of August 1. The times you mention were swum between the evenings of August 1 and August 3. I know we generally set the bar pretty high with our recruiting coverage, but it doesn’t seem entirely fair (nor logical) to expect our reporting to include times that haven’t been swum yet.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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