YMCA Nationals Finalist Julia Stevens Commits To Lehigh University For 2020

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Julia Stevens of Cheshire High School and the Cheshire Y Sea Dog Swim Club in Cheshire, Connecticut, has made her verbal commitment to swim for Lehigh University in the fall of 2020. An IMer and distance freestyler, Stevens has career-best times in the IMs as well as the 1,650-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly that would have scored Lehigh at the 2019 Patriot League Championship meet, with the latter two events placing her in the top eight.

Stevens swam in both the short course and long course versions of YMCA nationals in 2019. At the short course meet she finished 11th in the 200 yard butterfly (2:02.55) and 23rd in the 500 yard freestyle (5:01.20), while in long course meters she took 4th in the 1,500 LCM freestyle (17:28.21), 7th in the 200 meter butterfly (2:21.90), and 8th in the 400 meter freestyle (4:29.50).

Best Times in Yards:

  • 100 fly – 56.62
  • 200 fly – 2:01.31
  • 200 IM – 2:05.84
  • 400 IM – 4:28.57
  • 1650 free – 17:00.62

Stevens will be able to make an impact for Lehigh as soon she steps onto campus next fall; her 200 yard IM/1,650 free/200 fly career-best times would have been the number one times on the team for the 2018-2019 season. She will join a pair of sprinters in Madeline Dorish and Sarah Manthorp as the first confirmed members of the Mountain Hawks for the class of 2024.

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