Mid-distance freestyler Erica Laning has made a verbal commitment to swim for Arizona State University, beginning in the fall of 2017.
“I just really feel that ASU has amazing opportunities for me as a student athlete and I knew the second I walked on to the campus that it was the place for me. I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision.”
Laning is a senior at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is the defending champion in the 200y free (1:46.36) and 500y free (4:42.79) at the 2016 TISCA Tennessee High School Swimming and Diving Championships. Laning also swims for Tennessee Aquatics; she has qualified for 2016 Olympic Trials in the 200m free and 400m free. Her top times include:
Laning will be a welcome addition to the Sun Devils’ squad, filling the void in mid-distance freestyle that will occur with the graduation of Kat Simonovic, the lone ASU scorer in the top 16 at Pac-12s in both the 200 free (tenth) and 500 free (ninth). Laning’s best times would have placed 11th and fourth in those respective events at 2016 Pac-12 championships.
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