Distance Freestyle Talent Megan Byrnes Headed To Stanford University

Megan Byrnes
Photo Courtesy: Megan Byrnes

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Megan Byrnes, one of the top junior distance freestylers in the United States, will move across the country from Virginia to northern California in about a year to become a Stanford Cardinal.

Byrnes will train next to Katie Ledecky daily in Palo Alto, as Ledecky will begin her freshman year at Stanford in 2016 as well. Ledecky also swims for Nation’s Capital, but trains at a different location in Maryland. Byrnes is set to begin her senior year at Oakton High School in Vienna, Va., this fall.

“I am so excited to have committed to Stanford University,” Byrnes said. “Stanford has a great combination of both academic and swimming excellence. I cannot wait to join my future teammates and coaches.”

Byrnes swims for Nation’s Capital Swim Club under the guidance of John Flanagan, and has made big strides in the past year. She’s on the cusp of breaking 16:00 in the 1650-yard freestyle, posting a 16:01.83 last December at the Tom Dolan Invitational. She also will be able to contribute to what will be an unstoppable Stanford distance crew in the 500-yard free, holding a current personal best of 4:43.43 from the Virginia high school championships. Her 200 free best stands at 1:48.61.

She’s a major talent in the long course pool as well. She is an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 400 and 800 freestyles, with best times of 4:16.26 in the 400 and 8:41.85 in the 800.

Megan Byrnes wins 800 freestyle at 2015 NCSA junior nationals