Laura Strittmatter
Laura Strittmatter
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fairfield, Conn.
High School: Hopkins School
Position: Distance Freestyle

Laura began swimming competitively at the age of nine with the Westport Weston Family Y Water Rat swim team. She competed at short course YMCA Nationals for three years and also competed in the Summer Speedo Champion Series in 2005 and 2006. She was the recipient of the Andrew Sawyer Memorial award for her contributions and dedication to the team. Her proudest moment on the team came at 2005 Y Nationals where she achieved new personal bests and had the fastest split on her team's 800 freestyle relay. Laura captained her varsity swim team during her senior year after contributing to the team throughout high school. As captain she enjoyed bonding with the underclassmen and setting the school record in the 500 freestyle. She graduated as an Academic All-American. In addition to swimming, Laura was co-editor of her high school yearbook and received a National Merit Scholarship. At Yale, Laura is a Chemistry major, works in the Schepartz Chemical Biology Lab, and is a Science and Quantitative Reasoning Tutor. Laura has been a consolation finalist in the 500 free for the past three years at the Ivy League Championships. She has finished in the top 16 every year in the 1000, last year capturing 10th place. Laura has consistently improved her mile as well, moving up from top 16 her freshman year to the top 8 her sophomore and junior years, last year finishing 5th.