by Cliff Mehrtens

HUNTERSVILLE - North Mecklenburg High’s Linsay Cooper and Sean Corcoran will continue their swimming careers at prestigious universities.

Cooper is headed to Duke. Corcoran will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The duo signed National Letters of Intent in the school library on May 15, surrounded by parents and coaches.

“I like the fact that Duke is a really good school, and has a pretty good swimming program,” Cooper said. “The coaches are amazing.”

Cooper’s specialties are the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle. She swims year-round for SwimMAC Carolina and last weekend competed in the Charlotte UltraSwim.

“Eventually I want to make the finals in the ACC,” she said.

Cooper finished second in the state in the 100-yard butterfly at the N.C. 4A championship meet in 2011. She also swam a leg on North Mecklenburg’s 200-yard freestyle relay team, which finished fourth in the state.

The Duke women’s team finished eighth among 11 teams at the ACC championship last March.

Corcoran was fifth in the state in the boys 100-yard butterfly last winter. He also swims for SwimMAC Carolina. He picked MIT after also considering an offer from Duke. Corcoran said he plans to major in biology.

“When I went to visit (MIT) everything was just amazing,” he said. “It was great. The pool was great. The people were awesome. I met the whole swimming team, and they just really sold it to me.”

Corcoran said he wants to focus on building his endurance in freestyle. He’ll also hone his specialties – the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke.

“Hopefully I’ll work my way up to the (MIT) sprint group,” he said.

Last March MIT, for the second straight year, finished fourth at the NCAA Division III championships. The Engineers set a school record with 235 points.