Mara Newman has verbally committed to swim for the University of California, Los Angeles beginning in the fall of 2018. A rising senior at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon, Newman swims for Lake Oswego Swim Club.
“I felt immediately at home at UCLA when I visited. The team was unbelievably welcoming and the school just felt right. The coaching staff is amazing and you really can’t beat sunny Southern California! The campus was beautiful and the academics are top notch. UCLA has a storied tradition of excellence and I can’t wait to be a part of it! Go Bruins!”
Newman contributed to Lakeridge’s third-place team standing at the 2017 Oregon 6A State Championships in February with a second-place finish in the 100 back (54.51) and third in the 100 fly (56.36). She was the butterfly leg on Lakeridge’s fourth-place medley relay, and the leadoff on the runner-up 400 free relay.
Representing Lake Oswego Swim Club at the 2017 U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials, Newman swam the 50/100/200 backstroke events. In March she was an A finalist in the 200 back (3rd) and 100 back (5th) at SCY Sectionals in Federal Way, and she won the consolation in the 100 fly. This summer she was runner-up in the 200 back and third in the 100 back at LCM Mount Hood Sectionals.
- 50 back – 26.26
- 100 back – 53.78
- 200 back – 1:56.65
- 100 fly – 55.34
- 50 free – 23.73
- 100 free – 52.73
- 200 IM – 2:06.59
Newman will enter the UCLA class of 2022 with verbal commits Abriana Howard and Emma Smethurst.
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