Megan Ciezczak, an Illinois native and freestyle specialist, has introduced her choice to switch to Vanderbilt College after spending one season on the College of Kentucky. Ciezczak graduated from Neuqua Valley Excessive College (Naperville) in 2021 earlier than becoming a member of Kentucky for the 2021-2022 season. Each Kentucky and Vanderbilt are Division I applications within the SEC Convention, which Ciezczak was not chosen to compete in final yr.
I’m tremendous enthusiastic about my alternatives at Vanderbilt out and in of the pool. It was a extremely laborious choice to enter the portal as a result of Kentucky is a good college and I made a ton of associates however finally I really feel like Vanderbilt can be a greater match for me.
Ciezczak is a dash freestyle specialist, almost at all times competing within the 50 and 100 freestyle, and infrequently throwing within the 200 free or 100 fly when she wants extra occasions. Whereas at Kentucky, she competed within the OSU Fall Invite, the place she swam the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, and 100 fly. Her highest end was within the 100 free, which was the one occasion she made finals in. She completed thirty sixth with a season better of 51.63.
Ciezczak additionally set two new private greatest occasions on the OSU Fall Invite, showcasing the developments and enhancements she made whereas coaching at Kentucky. Within the 200 free, she dropped .35 seconds to put up a 1:53.34. Within the 100 fly, she managed to take off almost a full second, ending in 58.47 seconds.
Previous to her time at Kentucky, Ciezczak swam for the Fox Valley Swim Staff in Naperville, Illinois. Again in 2019, Ciezczak competed within the Illinois Excessive College State Championships the place she completed 14th within the 50 free and was a member of a number of relays. In 2020, which was Ciezczak’s senior season, a State Championship was not held resulting from COVID-19.
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On the 2022 SEC Championships, Kentucky completed 2nd and Vanderbilt completed 12 out of 12 groups. Though Ciezczak didn’t get to compete at SEC’s with Kentucky, she possible will have the ability to subsequent season whereas at Vanderbilt. Within the 50 free, her greatest time would have put her just some locations shy of qualifying for the C-finals. Moreover, she would have been the highest finisher for Vanderbilt, as their high finisher final yr completed forty sixth with a 23.29.
The SEC modified its intra-conference switch guidelines beginning within the 2021 season. The brand new guidelines permit an athlete to compete instantly even after shifting from one SEC college to a different with out having to sit down out a season, which means Ciezczak will have the ability to compete with Vanderbilt immediately in 2022.
Along with the switch of Ciezczak, Vanderbilt has a lot of high 2022 recruits that can be becoming a member of the group for 2022-2023. These embrace Tennessee natives Ellie Taliaferro and Meredith DiPasquale, in addition to freestyle and backstroke specialist Hannah Weissman from Washington.