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Leah Shackley, our #11 recruit in the high school class of 2024, announced in early November –after visits to Georgia and Wisconsin– that she had verbally committed to Indiana University for 2024-25.
Shackley hails from Bedford, Pennsylvania and is a junior at Bedford High School. Previously, she attended Beaver Falls High School and was state champion in the 100 back (52.42) and 100 fly (53.98) at the 2022 PIAA Girls AA State Swimming and Diving Championships. Both times were PBs and were the basis for our ranking. Since then, she has improved to 51.82 in the backstroke and 53.06 in the butterfly. She has also improved by 1.5 seconds in the 200 back and now goes 1:53.45.
Shackley swims club with Blair Regional YMCA. She won both the 100/200 back titles (52.74/1:54.91) at the 2022 YMCA Short Course National Championships last spring and she placed 16th in the 50 free (23.65).
At Phillips 66 International Team Trials in April, she came in 20th in the 100 back (1:01.76) and 200 back (2:14.33), both personal bests. She improved on those times (1:01.51/2:13.70) at NCSA Summer Championships, where she placed second and fourth, respectively. She also came in ninth in the 100 fly with a PB of 1:01.32. Most recently, she clocked new lifetime bests of 1:00.45 in the 100 back, 2:12.36 in the 200 back, and 1:00.62 in the 100 fly at U.S. Open, where she was an A-finalist in both backstroke distances.
Best SCY times:
100 back – 51.82
200 back – 1:53.45
100 fly – 53.06
Shackley will join French twins Julie Delmas and Lucie Delmas in the Hoosiers’ class of 2028. Her SCY times are already fast enough to make NCAAs; she would have been 16th in the 100 back and 19th in the 200 back in prelims at the 2022 Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. She would have been Indiana’s fastest 100 backstroker and second-fastest 200 backstroker last season.
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