University of Iowa Athletics
Back/IM

Meghan Lavelle

Class Sr.
Hometown Chicago, Ill.
High School Lane Tech

Hawk Item — Finished her career as the school record holder in the 100 back (53.36) and as part of the 200-free relay (1:30.96), 800-free relay (7:08.06), 200-medley relay (1:38.99), and 400-medley relay (3:36.71)… also had the third-best time in the 200 back (1:57.22) and the seventh-fastest time in the 50 free (23.10).

2017-18 Honors — CSCAA honorable mention Scholar All-American… Academic All Big Ten… Big Ten Distinguished Scholar… named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester. 2017-18 — Posted NCAA “B” qualifying times in the 100 back (53.36) and 200 back (1:57.22) at the Big Ten Championships… swam to a school record in the prelims of the 100 back at Big Tens, touching in 53.36 seconds… posted collegiate-best times in 100 back, 200 back, and 50 free at Big Tens… scored in five events at the Big Ten Championships… placed seventh in 200-free relay (1:31.18), eighth in 800-free relay (7:08.06) and 400-medley relay (3:37.71), 16th in 100 back (53.82) and 24th in 200 back (1:58.96)… led the team in the 100 back, was second in 200 back and 200 IM (2:03.66), and third in 50 free (23.10)… member of team-leading 200-free relay, 800-free relay, and 400-medley relay… posted five individual event wins on the season.

2016-17 Honors — Honorable mention CSCAA Scholar All-American… Big Ten Distinguished Scholar… named to the Dean’s List during the spring semester. 2016-17 — Member of the 200 and 400-medley relays that swam to school records at the Big Ten Championships… swam to season-best times in 50 free (23.19), 100 free (51.42), 100 back (53.74), and 200 back (1:58.35)… led team in both 100 and 200 back with NCAA “B” qualifying times in both events… member of 200 (1:38.99) and 400 (3:36.71)-medley relays that placed seventh at Big Ten Championships with school-record times… also was on ninth-place 200-free relay… individually, placed 12th in 100 back at Big Tens.

2015-16 — Swam NCAA “B” qualifying times in 100 and 200 back… posted a school-record time of 53.63 seconds in 100 back at the Big Ten Championships… swam collegiate bests in 100 free (50.95), 100 back (53.63), 200 back (1:57.28), and 200 IM (2:04.00)… ranked third on team in 50 free (23.20) and fourth in 100 free (50.95) and 200 IM (2:04.00)… member of the team’s second-fastest 200-free relay, 400-free relay, and 200-medley relay… earned team points in four events at Big Ten Championships… was a member of seventh-place 400-medley relay, placed ninth in 100 back, part of 10th-place 200-free relay, and finished 12th in 200 back… swam to pool record in 400-free relay (3:22.84) at Iowa State’s Beyer Pool… swam to four individual wins, including two in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series dual against Iowa State, and two relay titles.

2014-15 — Swam to NCAA “B” qualifying times in the 100 and 200 back, leading team in both events… recorded collegiate-best times in the 50 free (23.12), 100 free (51.32), 100 back (54.32), 200 back (1:57.81), and 200 IM (2:04.16)… holds UI school records as a member of the 200-free relay (1:0.96) and 400-medley relays (3:38.68)… holds fourth-fastest times in 50 free and 100 back… swam to three top-10 finishes on relays at Big Ten Championships; 400-medley relay (eighth, 3:38.68), 200-free relay (ninth, 1:30.96), and 400-free relay (10th, 3:21.34)… letterwinner.

High School — Earned All-America honors in the 100-yard backstroke as a junior at Lane Tech College Prep… four-time all-conference, two-time all-state, two-time team most valuable player and team captain honoree… has four top-seven finishes at the Illinois state meet in the 200-IM and 100 back, is a 15-time city champion out of 16 events in her prep career… top times include 23.73 (50 free), 55.62 (100 back), 1:59.52 (200 back), and 2:04.12 (200 IM)… holds school records in 10 events… competed in the YMCA Nationals Short Course and Long Course Championships and also competed at the 2013 Winter Junior Nationals.

Personal — Born April 17, 1996… daughter of Patricia and Patrick Lavelle… has three younger brothers, William, Matthew, and Patrick… majoring in art.

Lavelle’s Collegiate Bests

Event Time Meet Date
50 Free 23.10 at Big Ten Championships 2/15/18
100 Free 50.95 at Iowa State 12/11/15
200 Back 1:53.61 Western Illinois 2/2/18
100 Back 53.36 at Big Ten Championships 2/16/18
200 Back 1:57.22 at Big Ten Championships 2/17/18
200 IM 2:03.66 at Minnesota Invitational 11/30/17