Texas 5A Gold Medalist Lezli Sisung Sends Verbal to Kansas Jayhawks

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The University of Kansas has picked up a verbal from backstroke specialist Lezli Sisung for their class of 2025.

Lezli Sisung of Friendswood, TX has verbally committed to swim at the University of Kansas beginning in the fall of 2021. She swims year-round for Aquastar Swim Club and she is a senior at Friendswood High School.

I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my swim and academic career at the University of Kansas! I chose KU because of the amazing coaching staff and team dynamics. Huge thanks to my family, friends, and coaching for helping me reach my goals! Can’t wait to become a Jayhawk!! Rockchalk

In February, Sisung competed at the 2020 Texas 5A State Championship. She swam the 100 back and fly, and the 200 medley and 400 free relays. She placed second in the prelims heats of the 100 fly, clocking in at 55.55. She took home the bronze medal in finals after dropping .5 seconds. Teammate Olivia Theall took the top spot, while Lubbock High School’s Ellis Fox earned the silver medal. Similarly, she went into finals tied for first with A&M Consolidated’s Kaitlyn Owens, but she ultimately finished third. Her finals time of 55.68 placed her 0.38 seconds behind Fox and 1.83 seconds behind Owens.

Sisung had to opporotunities to earn a best time in the 100 free leading off Friendswood’s 400 free relays. In prelims, she touched the wall in a time of 52.92. She went 0.27 seconds faster in finals to go a personal best time of 52.65. Friendswood’s relay consisting of Sisung, Abigail Nelson, Leah Givens, and Theall earned the bronze medal and a new school record. Finally, Sisung led off her team’s record-setting 200 medley relay. She split a 50 back time of 25.96, and was followed by Peyton Becker, Theall, and Nelson.

Throughout her high school career, Sisung has been an 11-time state finalist and an 8-time state medalist. She holds Friendswood High School records in the 100 back, 400 free relay, and 200 medley relay. In addition to setting a Friendswood school record, the 2020 championship relay set a new Texas 5A State record.

Top SCY Times:

  • 50 back – 25.78
  • 100 back – 55.32
  • 200 back – 2:00.61
  • 100 fly – 55.05

Sisung will become a member of the University of Kansas’ women’s team in the fall of 2021. She will train and compete alongside some of the team’s top backstrokers including Dewi Blose, Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Manon Manning, and Lauryn Parrish, each of whom finished in the top 8th in the 100 or 200 backstroke at the 2020 Big 12 Conference Championships. Kansas was runner-up at the 2020 conference meet to the University of Texas.

Sisung’s top times would have place her in the A-final of the 100 back and fly, and she would have qualified for the B-final in the 200 back. She will be joining fellow commits Karla Lessing, Elliott Howe, Brigid Gwidt, and Addi Barnes.

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