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Maguire Sheppard of Plano, Texas has committed to Miami University of Ohio for the fall of 2022.
“Through these troublesome and uncertain times, I was highly unsure where I wanted to go to school at first. Although other schools reached out to me, Miami University was the one that showed the most promise. From the first conversation I had with the head coach, I was assured that the program believed in my abilities to be a successful collegiate swimmer. I am impressed with their outstanding academics and their beautiful campus. I am grateful for having the opportunity to swim with the 2021 MAC champions. Go RedHawks!”
Sheppard trains year-round with the City of Plano Swimmers (COPS) in his hometown. In July, Sheppard traveled to West Fargo for the USA Swimming Futures Championships. At Futures, Shepphard was a two-time finalist, placing 5th in the 200 free (1:54.63) and 6th in the 200 fly (2:06.17). His time in the 200 freestyle qualified him for the 2021 Winter Juniors, which his first junior national cut.
During his high school season, Sheppard competes for Plano East Senior High School. He’s a two-time state qualifier and placed 16th overall as a freshman in the 100-yard freestyle.
His best times (SCY) include:
50 free – 21.40
100 free – 46.23
200 free – 1:41.27
200 back – 1:52.16
100 fly – 50.46
Miami (OH) is an NCAA Division I Mid-Major program that competes out of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Miami dominated the 2021 Men’s MAC Championships, winning the meet by almost 250 points over Missouri State.
Based on last year’s results, Sheppard would’ve qualified for the B-Final in the 100 fly. At the 2021 MAC Championships, Miami went 1-2-3 in the 100 fly, with Ryan Sego leading the field in 47.92. Sheppard will overlap with Sego and Nic Wamsley, who tied for 2nd (48.20), but will join Owen Blazer, Adrian Dulay, and Fitz Miller, who all scored in the A-Final with sub-50 times.
Sheppard will join Aaron Black, Kevin Donaldson, Ben Eichberg, and Evan Kindseth as members of the incoming class of 2026.
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