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High school junior Elena Gingras from Portland, Oregon has announced her intention to swim and study at Tulane University beginning in the fall of 2022.
“I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Tulane University! Thank you to my coaches, family, and friends who supported me and helped me get here. Roll Wave 💚🌊”
Gingras attends Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton; she trains year-round with Lake Oswego Swim Club. In her freshman year of high school swimming, she won the 500 free (5:04.49) and was runner-up in the 100 fly (59.94) at the 2019 OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A Swimming State Championships.
Last spring, she picked up five best times at the Oregon Swimming Region XII Senior Championships, including the 1650 free, where she earned a Futures cut, the 200/500 free, the 100 back, and the 100 fly. Earlier, in January 2020, she had updated her PBs in the 100 free, 200 IM, and 400 IM.
Best SCY times:
- 1650 free – 17:05.81
- 1000 free – 10:42.54
- 500 free – 4:57.50
- 200 free – 1:51.51
- 100 free – 53.20
- 50 free – 24.98
- 200 back – 2:07.19
- 100 back – 59.33
- 200 fly – 2:10.39
- 100 fly – 59.29
- 400 IM – 4:38.09
- 200 IM – 2:10.30
Gingras will enter Tulane’s class of 2026 with Olcaytu Hatipoğlu and Sydney Mullin. She will join a strong distance free program that saw three swimmers score in the top 16 of the mile, led by then-freshman Elizabeth Byrne (runner-up with 16:15.69). Gingras’ best mile time would have placed 15th. It took 4:56.04 to score in the 500 free (where Byrne’s 4:42.78 took second place).
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