Northwestern Gets Verbal From Sprinter Ethan Churilla

Photo Courtesy: Ethan Churilla

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NEW COMMIT: Highland, Ind. native Ethan Churilla has announced his verbal commitment to swim for Northwestern University as a member of the class of 2023.

Churilla swims year-round with Highland Hurricanes Swim Club and has achieved two Junior National qualifying standards. He competed at Juniors in August after notching a lifetime best in the 100m free at TYR Pro Swim Series Atlanta. He finished third in the 50m free (23.87) at the 2017 Futures Championships in Tennessee.

Also representing Highland High School, Churilla is a six-time IHSAA State Championship finalist. As a junior, the NISCA All-American grabbed the bronze in both the 50 free (20.38) and 100 free (45.21). He placed third and fifth in those same events as a sophomore and fifth and eight, respectively, as a freshman.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“Excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at Northwestern! A great university on a great campus in a great city with an incredible new coaching staff. Go Cats!”

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 20.38
  • 100 free – 45.21
  • 200 free – 1:46.68

Churilla will add more depth to Northwestern’s sprint group when he arrives on campus for the 2019-20 season. His best 50 free time would’ve ranked him third on the Wildcats’ lineup last season and he’ll have two seasons to train with top returning sprinters Keegan Bundy and Peter Lewczyk.