Penn Quakers Add Verbals From Margot Kaczorowski, Bridget O’Leary

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NEW COMMITS: The University of Pennsylvania has gained a pair of verbal commitments from Margot Kaczorowski and Bridget O’Leary, who will join Anna Feng and Lyndsey Reeve as members of the class of 2023.

Both Kaczorowski and O’Leary will add valuable depth to the Quakers’ lineup in their respective events when they arrive in Philadelphia next fall. Under head coach Mike Schnur, Penn finished fourth at the 2018 Ivy League Championships.

Margot Kaczorowski

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Photo Courtesy: Margot Kaczorowski

Hailing from Haddon Heights, N.J., Kaczorowski does her club swimming with Jersey Wahoos and has achieved the Winter Juniors standard in both butterfly events. She most recently competed at NCSA Championships with a pair of new best times after qualifying for finals in five races at Middle Atlantic Senior LCM Championships. She competed at both of those meets during the SCY season and was the 100 fly runner-up at Middle Atlantics.

Also competing for Haddon Heights High School, Kaczorowski won the 100 fly at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions as a junior. She competed in the 100 fly and 50 free at State during her sophomore season and has earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors for her efforts.

She told Swimming World:

“I chose Penn because of the wonderful academic reputation, the amazing opportunities that will be afforded to me, as well as the fantastic athletics! I had an amazing experience meeting the team and being shown around campus as it is a truly exquisite place! Penn has it all I’ll be on a stellar team while receiving a world-class education. I can’t wait to be a Penn Quaker!!”

Her best times include:

  • 100 fly – 55.35
  • 200 fly – 2:02.11
  • 50 free – 23.67
  • 100 free – 51.37

Bridget O’Leary

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Photo Courtesy: Bridget O’Leary

O’Leary swims year-round with Barrington Swim Club and has her Winter Nationals cut in the 400m free. The Barrington, Ill. native capped off a stellar summer as a two-time Iowa City Sectionals champion followed by a strong Junior Nationals performance. She posted five top-5 finishes at Pleasant Prairie Speedo Sectionals back in March where she won the 200m free.

She placed seventh in the 500 free and 11th in the 200 free as a junior at the IHSA State Championships for Barrington High School. She competed in the State meet during her freshman and sophomore seasons as well.

She told Swimming World:

“I am honored and excited to be able to swim and study at such a prestigious university. After meeting the team and coaches I know Penn was the right fit for me. Go Quakers!”

Her best times include:

  • 50 free – 24.39
  • 100 free – 51.80
  • 200 free – 1:51.56
  • 500 free – 4:58.47

*IVY LEAGUE DISCLAIMER:* A “verbal commitment” does not guarantee admission. An Ivy League coach cannot guarantee admission but can only commit support in the admissions process.

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