Originally published Jan. 31.
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Multi-sport athlete McKenzie Siroky has announced that she is switching her commitment from Minnesota Duluth for hockey to the University of Tennessee for swimming.
Siroky will take a gap year after graduating in the spring, and will train with her high school coach for the year to prepare for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke.
She will then enroll at Tennessee in the fall of 2024.
In September of 2021, Siroky had originally announced that she was opting to pursue her hockey career at the Division I level for Minnesota Duluth, effectively ending her swimming career after high school.
Siroky shared with SwimSwam that choosing between the two sports was a difficult decision that ultimately came down her potential in swimming and “what kind of professional options there are after college for both sports, what kind of schooling, etc.”
Siroky, a senior at Livonia Stevenson High School in Michigan, is exclusively a high school swimmer and does not compete for a club team in swimming. Despite this, she is a 3x Michigan state champion in the 100 breaststroke with the goal of making Olympic Trials in 2024.
Siroky added, “Since I’ve never trained year round for swim or giving my 100% focus on it since I would be playing hockey at the same time, I’m so excited to see what damage I can do in the pool when I really start giving my full attention to the sport!”
She shared her commitment on Instagram:
Just a few months after her commitment to Duluth for hockey in 2021, Siroky defended her state title in a state record time of 1:00.48, breaking NCAA All-American Miranda Tucker’s previous record of 1:00.56.
Despite her swimming career appearing to reach its end, she continued to improve this year. Siroky notched her 3rd state title with a new record time of 1:00.07, shattering her previous best time from the previous year by almost half a second.
Siroky’s best time of 1:00.07 would have qualified her for the B-final at last season’s SEC Championship. Current junior Mona McSharry won the event for the Vols at SECs with a final time of 57.50. McSharry went on to place 4th at the 2022 NCAA Division I Championships, improving on her SEC time to post a 57.18.
If Siroky’s goal of competing at the 2024 Olympic Trials is to come to fruition, she’ll need to get down to 1:10.29 in the long course 100 breast.
Per our research, she has no long course swims on record. Her SCY time of 1:00.07 converts to 1:08.67 in the 50-meter pool.
Tennessee has a talented incoming class that features Camille Spink, who is the 5th-ranked recruit in SwimSwam’s class of 2023 recruit rankings. Other commitments include international athletes Emelie Fast and Laura Littlejohn, Molly Blanchard, Sophie Brison, and Tori Brostowitz. Siroky technically holds the fastest 100 breaststroke of the class, but Fast has a best LCM time of 1:06.64 in the 100m breast, which roughly converts to 58.23 in yards.
Siroky will join them one year later, and the Lady Vols already have a few other notable commitments in thr high school class of 2024, including Emily Brown, the #19 ranked recruit in our Way Too Early rankings from this past June, and “Best of the Rest” swimmers Josie Connelly and Hannah Marinovich.
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