Sprinter Ellie McLeod Will Stay In-State With 2020 Verbal to Texas Longhorns

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NEW COMMIT: Houston, Texas sprinter and high school junior Ellie McLeod will stay in-state for her college career after recently giving her verbal commitment to the Longhorns for the fall of 2020.

Primarily a sprint freestyler, McLeod swims year-round with Dads Swim Club and owns a pair of U.S. Open cuts. She achieved 100% lifetime bests at Juniors West in December and won four events at the Gulf Senior Meet in November. She capped off her extremely successful long course season with four best times at NCSAs this past summer where she finished fifth in the 100m free, sixth in the 50m free and tenth in the 200m free. McLeod was also a four-time finalist at College Station Speedo Sectionals last March where her highest finish was a 21st-place showing in the 100 free.

She told Swimming World:

“I’m so excited to announce my commitment to swim for the University of Texas!! Can’t wait to be a part of such an amazing team and school!! Thanks so much to my coaches, teammates, and family for helping me get to this point!! Hook’em”

Her best times include:

  • 50 free – 23.63
  • 100 free – 50.56
  • 200 free – 1:51.01
  • 50m free – 26.36
  • 100m free – 56.64
  • 200m free – 2:04.56

Even with 1.5 years of club swimming still to go before arriving in Austin, McLeod would’ve scored in the B-final of the 100 free as well as the C-final of the 50/200 free at the 2018 Big 12 Championships. She has continuously made improvements each season, shaving off two seconds in her 50 free, four seconds in her 100 free and 11 seconds in her 200 free over the past three years.

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