Denison junior swimmer Lindsay Looney announced her college commitment on Saturday night, picking Arizona State University to continue what has been a dominant high school career in the pool.
“Incredibly excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and pursue my academic career at Arizona State University!!! I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of @sundevilswimdive,” Looney posted on Twitter.
The five-time state champion had offers from most of the programs ranked in the top 25 and before the state meet said she definitely had a top 10 that might extended to 14. The first day she can sign her letter of intent is November 14.
In February Looney defended her Class 5A state titles in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, including lowering her own state record in the 100 fly.
Looney captured the 200 IM in 2:00.54, winning by two and a half seconds, and then won the 100 fly in 54.40 seconds. It was 0.01 faster then her winning time as a sophomore that set the 5A state record. Her closest competition in that race was nearly three seconds behind her.
She was named the 5A Female Athlete of the Meet for her performance and is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a NISCA All-American.
Looney won the 200 IM for the third straight year and has six medals overall in her career — she was the silver medalist in the 100 fly as a freshman.
She became the first Denison swimmer to win a state championship and is already the most decorated swimmer, regardless of gender, for the program in terms of total medals. She joins her brother, Davis, and Tori Fryar as the only Yellow Jacket swimmers to make it to state at least three times and both Looneys are the only ones to do it consecutively.
When she qualifies for state as a senior, she will be the only DHS swimmer to make it all four years.
Looney had three top 100 finishes at the USA Swimming National Championships last June — 47th in the 400 IM at 4:56.70; 55th in the 200 IM at 2:19.87 and 91st in the 100 fly at 1:04.39.
Then she was one of nine members of team USA at the FINA World Cup events in Tokyo and Singapore during a 10-day trip in November.
At the Summer Junior Nationals, Looney was the 400 IM champion, was the runner-up in the 200 fly, fourth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 100 fly.
Arizona State finished the 2017-18 season ranked No. 22 in the nation and was 23rd at the NCAA Championships. The program had four All-Americans.
Arizona State is coached by Bob Bowman, who is the coach for Michael Phelps, the winningest Olympic athlete regardless of sport and served as Team USA’s head men’s coach for the 2016 Rio Games. He was an assistant coach for the previous three Olympics.
His swimmers have set 43 world records and more than 50 American records.