“There’s no place like home” was one of the most memorable lines from the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” It also sums up the recruitment of St. Joseph’s Academy swimmer Clayton Black.
Black confirmed her recent commitment to LSU on Tuesday. The reigning MVP of the Capital City Swim League also visited Texas A&M and plans to sign with the Tigers during November’s early signing period.
“The more I looked into it, the more I saw LSU was right for me,” Black said. “I felt like the best opportunities for me as a student and an athlete were at LSU. I absolutely love all the coaches and the swimmers.”
Familiarity doesn’t hurt either. Black has competed for the LSU-based Tiger Aquatic club since she was an 8-years-old. She’s an honor student who plans a pre-med major in either kinesiology or biology.
Black helped SJA win its fourth straight Division I state title last November by breaking a 14-year-old record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 49.19 seconds. The time also was an automatic All-America qualifying mark.
She finished second in the 500 freestyle at the Division I meet and won the 200 and 500 freestyles at the Capital City Swim League Championships.