Meg Peel, NCAA Division III Runner-Up, Transfers to Alabama

Meg Peel will transfer from Hope College to Alabama. Photo Courtesy: Meg Peel

Hope College NCAA Division III runner-up Meg Peel announced she has transferred from Hope to Alabama for the fall semester.

“It has always been a dream of mine to swim Division I,” Peel told Swimming World. “Coming out of high school I was not fast enough nor confident enough to swim at that level. I visited Hope and I fell in love with everything — my teammates, coaches, and professors. It was such a great experience. My teammates and coaches at Hope and (Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics) are the reason I even had the opportunity to explore this dream of mine.”

Some of her MLA teammates already swim for Alabama. She will join Kyle Maas (West Ottawa), Derek Maas (West Ottawa) and Riley VanMeter (Holland Christian) on the Crimson Tide.

“To be able to compete for Alabama alongside some of the world’s elite swimmers is awesome,” Meg Peel said. “I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity given to take my swimming to the next level. I could not be more excited to take on this challenge.”

Peel was Division III runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke, swimming a school-record 1:58.50. She also was an All-American in the 100 back.

“For me, I felt it was a big stepping stone,” Peel said in March. “I waited for so long. I didn’t earlier in the season if I was going to be there. In between the MIAA Championships and nationals, we focused on underwater work. That was the main component to breaking that barrier.”

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