Squalicum standout senior Yanran Le has committed to swim for Columbia University next school year, according to a release from the Bellingham Bay Swim Team.
Lee, a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, won the 2015 Class 2A state title in the 100 breastroke as a sophomore with a time of 1 minute, 4.68 seconds. Last year, with the Storm competing at the Class 3A level, Le finished second at state in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.87 and fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:08.17.
Le said in the release that she chose Columbia, which is located in New York City, because she, “instantly fell in love with the campus and felt at home. I also loved the fast pace of the city.”
Le becomes the second Squalicum girls swimmer in as many years to commit to an NCAA Division I school, joining Sydney Wong, who is now a freshman at the University of San Diego.
The early signing period for National Letter of Intents in swimming is Nov. 8 through Nov. 15, with the regular period running April 11 through Aug. 1.