World Juniors Finalist Ashley McMillan of Team Canada Verbally Commits to USC for 2022

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Southern California has received a big verbal commitment to kick off their Class of 2026 recruiting from Canadian National Junior Teamer Ashley McMillan of Penticton, British Columbia.

She will arrive in Los Angeles in the fall of 2022 and her fellow Junior National Team teammate, Gigi Sasseville, has already verbally committed to USC for 2021.

She told Swimming World:

“So incredibly excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Southern California!!!  Thank you to everyone for the incredible support! I can’t wait to be a part of the Trojan family!!#fighton”

An extremely versatile swimmer who specializes in the IM events, McMillan trains year-round with KISU Swim Club and represents Team Canada internationally. AT the 7th FINA World Junior Championships in 2019, she finished eighth in the 200m back with a final time of 2:16.04 after posting a 2:15.85 during prelims.

McMillan won the 200m IM, 400m IM, and Open Water at the Canadian Junior Championships in July 2019 where she also placed fourth in both the 100m and 200m breast. She had a strong showing at the Canadian Swimming Trials in April 2019, finishing 13th in the 200m IM and 16th in the 400m IM.

In meters, her best times include:

  • 200 IM SCM – 2:11.46

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  • 400 IM SCM – 4:39.21
  • 200 IM LCM 2:15.85
  • 400 IM LCM 4:52.49
  • 200 Backstroke LCM 2:16.87
  • 100 Freestyle LCM 57.28
  • 1500 Freestyle LCM 17:25.31
  • 100 Butterfly LCM 1:02.24
  • 200 Breaststroke LCM 2:35.02
  • 100 Backstroke SCM 1:00.65
  • 100 Breaststroke SCM 1:09.79
  • 800 Freestyle SCM 8:45.69

In yards, those times convert to:

  • 200 IM – 1:58.23
  • 400 IM – 4:11.54
  • 200 back – 2:00.03
  • 100 free – 50.63
  • 1500 free – 17:09.63
  • 100 fly – 55.20
  • 100 breast – 1:02.76
  • 200 breast – 2:17.65

Since no meets have been sanctioned in British Columbia since the pandemic, she last competed at the BC Winter Provincial Championships; there, she earned three gold and four silver medals. McMillan also was the 200 SCM IM champion and the 400 SCM IM runner-up at the Ontario Junior International meet in December.

Even with just under two years still to go before join the NCAA, McMillan will make an immediate impact when she suits up for the Trojans at the start of the 2022-23 season. Her best times (converted to SCY) would’ve landed her in the A-final of the 200 IM and 400 IM as well as the C-final of the 100 fly, 100 breast, and 200 breast.

McMillan will add her talents to a training group that’ll include current sophomore Nicole Pavlopoulou, junior Isabelle Odgers, and fellow countrymate Aela Janvier. She would’ve been their fastest 400 IMer last season and would’ve ranked third on the team in the 200 IM.

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