Meghan Small Commits to University of Tennessee

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The University of Tennessee will be gaining some more impressive talent in next year’s squad as Meghan Small just committed to the school.

Small, of Lineboro, MD, has been making a splash both nationally and internationally collecting an impressive number of medals since the 2013 YMCA National Championships where she earned three first place finishes (200-meter back, 200-meter free, and 200-meter Individual Medley).

This past summer Small was part of Team USA at the Pan American Games in Toronto where she and teammate Caitlin Leverenz went 1-2 in the 200-meter Individual Medley. However, Small’s silver medal in the 200 IM (2:11.26) wasn’t her first international medal having won bronze in the same event at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in 2014.

Small, a part of Michael Brooks’ team at York YMCA, will graduate from Manchester Valley High School this coming spring before heading off to start her journey as a Lady Vol. As a 200 IM specialist, she has the potential to score big points for the Volunteers in that event. Her 1:54.25 lifetime best would have placed third at last March’s NCAA championships. Her best time of 4:03.96 in the 400 IM also has major potential to score as well, as it would have been fourth in the championship final.

Head coach Matt Kredich has plenty of places to put Small in dual meets, as well as during the championship season. Her third event could be the 200 breast, where she carries a lifetime best of 2:14.69, or the 200 back, where she has a best time of 1:51.74.

Small is likely going to be a part of next year’s Olympic Trials final in the 200 IM. Her 2:11.26 from Pan Ams ranks 13th in the world and fifth among Americans.