North Carolina State Finalist Sydney Strauss Commits to Lynchburg University

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Sydney Strauss, Consolation finalist at the 2022 North Carolina State High School Championships, has announced her commitment to swim at Lynchburg University, a Division III program. She will join the Hornets as a butterfly and freestyle specialist for the 2022-23 season.

“I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Lynchburg University in the fall! I can’t wait for the next four! Go hornets!!

Strauss currently trains and competes with the Mecklenburg Swim Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. She went to high school at Mountain Island Charter School. There she competed in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 1A/2A (small schools) State Championships for all four years.

At the 2022 NCHSAA State Championships, Strauss competed in the 100-yard individual flyweight. She was also a member of the Mountain Island 200m medley, 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle relays. The relays finished 2nd, 5th and 3rd respectively.

In the 100m butterfly, Strauss qualified 9th in the preliminaries, earning herself a spot in the consolation final. There she posted a 1:03.80 to finish 10th. That was about a second slower than his best time, which was from February 2020.

Best SCY times:

  • 200 free – 2:04.60
  • 500 free – 5:43.35
  • 100 Volleys – 1:02.67
  • 200 flies – 2:23.47

Lynchburg University is a private university located in Lynchburg, Virginia. There are members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, also known as ODAC. The conference is made up of teams including Washington & Lee University, Randolph Macon College, the top 2 in the league last year.

At the 2022 ODAC Championships, Lynchburg finished 3rd out of 12 teams. In the 100 butterfly, Lynchburg had 5 women in the top 16. With Strauss’ fastest time, she would have finished 16th. In the 200m butterfly, Strauss would have placed 13th overall and 4th among Lynchburg athletes.

Strauss will arrive in Virginia in time for the 2022-23 season. She will be joined by several other recruits from the high school class of 2022, including Virginia native and valuable Sophia Schorr, whose times were reportedly the fastest in the conference last year.

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