Loyola’s Grace Tierney verbally commits to Wisconsin

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Loyola senior swimmer Grace Tierney gave a verbal commitment last week to Wisconsin, according to Ramblers girls swimming and diving coach Mike Hengelmann.

“Wisconsin is a really strong school, and we are happy for her,” Hengelmann said of the four-year varsity swimmer. “Her swimming career is going in the right direction.”

The Badgers finished sixth at the 2014 Women’s Big Ten Championships and 13th at the NCAA tournament.

Hengelmann said Tierney had a “breakout meet” at last year’s state meet when she took second in the 500-yard freestyle (4 minutes, 52.51 seconds) and third in the 200 free (1:50.19). She also swam the anchor leg on Loyola’s 200 free relay team that finished fifth (1:36.60).

Tierney and the Ramblers are readying themselves for the home stretch of the season. Loyola competes at the Metro Catholic Athletic Conference meet next weekend in the run-up the state series, which starts Nov. 15.

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