Walsh Jesuit senior Danielle Margheret has committed to continue her academic and swimming careers at the University of Notre Dame.
Margheret is a three-time state qualifier in the 100-yard breast stroke and on multiple relays. She won a Division II state championship as a sophomore in the 100 breast stroke in a meet-record time of 1:02.74.
“I am so excited,” Margheret said. “When I went to visit there I got a good feeling about the campus. I chose to go to a private school for high school because the atmosphere at my high school is so fun. We have such a good community that is so welcoming and that is exactly what I felt right when I stepped on the campus of Notre Dame. Everyone there wanted you to be a part of everything. It is a very energized campus and there is a lot of support at Notre Dame.”
Margheret placed second at the Division I state meet as a junior in the 100 breast stroke in a time of 1:02.93. She was ninth at the Division II state meet as a freshman in the 100 breast stroke in a time of 1:06.75.
“No. 1, I am biased because my son [Michael] graduated from there in 2008,” Walsh Jesuit swim coach Wally Lutkus said. “My son was a swimmer and soccer player in high school and he ended up being a rower in college. I just think the school presents a lot of opportunities. There is so much tradition at Notre Dame and they have a great concept of academics and being a student-athlete rather than just an athlete.
“There is a great deal of school support from everyone at Notre Dame and the alumni. There are high morals and high standards. Danielle just basically fell in love with the school. It is not hard to do. It is cool to go to school with a lot of tradition.”