SwimMAC’s Lexie Handlin Pledges Verbal Commitment to Cornell

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NEW COMMIT: Cornell University has received a verbal pledge from Charlotte, North Carolina’s Lexie Handlin who will arrive on campus as a member of the class of 2023.

Handlin swims year-round with SwimMAC Carolina and has the Winter Juniors qualifying standard in the 200 back. She concluded her summer season with a trio of second swims at NC LCM Seniors and raced three events at Cary Futures. She achieved seven lifetime bests at NC SCY Seniors in February and placed fifth in the 200 back at Greensboro Speedo Sectionals in March.

Handlin also swims for Ardrey Kell and has raced at the NCHSAA 4A State Championships each of her three high school seasons so far. During her junior season, she placed seventh in the 100 back and tenth in the 200 free after recording a runner-up finish in the former at 4A West Regionals.

She told Swimming World:

“I chose Cornell because I walked on campus and felt right at home. Cornell has a team that will challenge me to be my best in the water and in the classroom, and that was exactly what I was looking for. The coaches and the athletes made me feel like I was already a part of the team, and I fell in love with the campus!”

Her best times include:

  • 100 back – 56.31
  • 200 back – 2:00.78
  • 100 free – 52.44
  • 200 free – 1:52.04

Handlin will add valuable depth when she suits up for the Big Red next fall following the graduation of top backstroker Helen Hsu. Both her 100 and 200 back would’ve ranked second on their lineup last season and the latter would’ve placed in the B-final of the 2018 Ivy League Championships.

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