Washington HS State Champion Noah Laird Chooses the University of Denver

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The University of Denver has picked up a verbal commitment from versatile swimmer Noah Laird. In the spring of 2022 he will graduate from Inglemoor High School. Laird swims year-round with the Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club.

I’m very excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Denver! Thank you to all my friends, family, and coaches for all their encouragement through the years. A special thanks to my coach, Tommy Cunningham, for all his support. Go Pios!

Laird is a 2022 Washington Boys 4A State Champion. In February, the Inglemoor senior crushed his competition in the 200 IM to take home a state title. He went a personal best time of 1:50.90, touching 1.7 seconds ahead of the silver medalist.

He picked up another individual in the men’s 100 free, taking home bronze in a best time of 45.98. He ended his final high school meet anchoring Inglemoor’s 200 free relay, going a 50 free split of 21.35.

This was the highest Laird had placed at a state championship during his high school career. Both his freshman and sophomores years he touched 6th in the 200 IM and 500 free.

Laird is a 2022 Junior Nationals qualifier in the 400 IM. In December of 2021, he traveled to Austin, TX to compete at the Speedo Winter Junior National Champs. Laird finished 91st in the 200 breast, 97th in the 200 IM, and 60th in the 400 IM.

Top SCY Times:

  • 200 IM – 1:50.90
  • 400 IM – 3:56.59
  • 100 breast – 57.67
  • 200 breast – 2:05.41
  • 200 back – 1:50.32
  • 100 free – 45.98
  • 200 free – 1:40.23

Laird will be a freshman for the 2022 Summit League Champions beginning in the fall. He will be joining a diverse IM group, which features 3-time 2022 Summit Conference champion Marco Nosack. The freshman took home gold in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 breast.

During the 2021-22 season, Laird’s 200 IM time would have placed him third behind Nosack and Jason McMechan. Additionally, he would have had the team’s fifth-fastest 100 and 200 free times, making him a strong contender for the men’s 400 and 800 free relays at conference.

Laird has the potential to score big points for the team at the Summit League Champs. His best times would have earned him spots in the A-finals of the 200 IM, the 400 IM, and the 200 free.

The Pioneers have also scored commitments from distance freestyler Joe Hancock and mid-distance freestylers Tommy Hancock and Dylan Mes for their class of 2026.

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