Lake Forest College graduate Lauren Dalecky ’17, a former student-athlete on the women’s swimming and diving team, is in the running to become Miss Illinois USA.
Dalecky was given the opportunity to become Miss Illinois USA after winning the 2017 Miss Lake Forest pageant, which was held this past spring at the Gorton Community Center. Dalecky competed against 10 other young women aged 18-26 in athletic wear, evening gown, and on-stage questions.
Finishing in first place is a familiar feeling for Dalecky, who was a standout swimmer at the College. Dalecky claimed a pair of titles at the 2017 MWC Championships, set a school record in the 100-breaststroke, and ranks among the top five in program history in the 200-breaststroke and 50-freestyle.
In addition to her performance in the pool, Dalecky also excelled in the classroom. She was a three-time Academic All-Midwest Conference honoree, a member of the Dean’s List, and graduated cum laude as a double major in chemistry and French. Dalecky was very involved on campus as she helped raise funds to support Relay for Life initiatives and volunteered at the annual Special Olympics Area 13 Aquatics Meet each year.
Dalecky is currently in a pool of 65 contestants, all of whom are vying for a spot in the Miss Illinois USA Semifinals. In order to advance, Dalecky must finish among the top 15 in the voting, which opened on August 28 and will end on Sunday, September 3. It costs $1 per vote and an unlimited number of votes is permissible. In order to cast your vote, click here. All proceeds go directly toward the Ross’ Foundation Charity.
If Dalecky advances, the semifinals and final pageant will be held at the Hyatt Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The four-day event will consist of three contests: evening gown, swim suit, and interviews.
When asked what this pageant would mean to her, Dalecky commented “I want to be a role model for young women and encourage them to enter the science field, travel abroad, and experience different cultures. I also want to use my knowledge as a former student-athlete to encourage self-motivation and instill confidence!”