Prior to Duke: 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifier in the 1500-meter freestyle … Summer Junior Nationals qualifier in the 400 and 1500-meter freestyle … Turned in a pair of top-30 finishes in the 800 and 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2017 U.S. Open … All-American as a junior and senior at Fordham Preparatory School … State champion in the 500 freestyle as a junior while also taking second in the 200 freestyle … Member of 200 and 400 freestyle relays that also captured state crowns at that meet … Guided Fordham to state titles as a senior, sophomore and freshman … Won the 1500-meter freestyle at the Quebec Cup as a freshman … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Member of the Badger Swim Club program … Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Sue and Joe LaFata … Has one brother (Dillon).
LaFata Career Bests:
200 Free: 1:43.08
500 Free: 4:30.58
1,000 Free: 9:27.44 ... 9th all-time at Duke
1,650 Free: 15:39.66 ... 6th all-time at Duke
200 Fly: 1:50.13 ... 10th all-time at Duke