#20 Recruit Regan Barney Decommits From Georgia, Verbals To Princeton

Junior National silver medalist and #20-ranked recruit Regan Barney has rescinded her commitment to the University of Georgia and has instead verbally committed to begin the application process with Princeton.

Barney was the first of our top 20 NCAA prospects in the high school class of 2017 off the board, committing to Georgia way back in May. But she’ll no longer become a Bulldog in the SEC, instead opting for Princeton University and the Ivy League.

Recruiting in the Ivy League is a bit different, with committed swimmers still required to complete the admission process, which will be Barney’s next steps in the process.

“I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful team!” Barney told SwimSwam. “There’s no doubt in my mind that at Princeton, I will be able to excel in the classroom and in the pool. I am confident that the support from Coach Teeter and Coach Suzanne, as well as my teammates, will help me improve athletically and academically. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over all these years and Go Tigers!!”

Barney was a member of the USA Swimming Junior National Team for the 2015-2016 season and has placed as high as 2nd at Junior Nationals.

Barney’s Top Times


  • 400 IM: 4:10.99
  • 200 IM: 1:59.06
  • 200 BK: 1:56.23
  • 200 FL: 2:00.65
  • 100 BK: 54.76
  • 500 FR: 4:49.94


  • 400 IM: 4:47.00
  • 200 IM: 2:17.01
  • 200 BK: 2:15.76
  • 200 FL: 2:14.69
  • 100 BK: 1:03.57
  • 400 FR: 4:16.98

Barney checked in at #20 on our ranking of the top domestic recruits in her class, mostly on the strength of her 4:10.99 400 IM, which puts her just outside of NCAA scoring range with a year of high school yet to go. Barney is also a rangy freestyler and very good through the 200s of most strokes. She currently competes for Longhorn Aquatics in Texas, but has also swum for Nitro Swimming in the past.



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7 years ago

Great choice by Regan. Walking by the Albert Einstein house on the way to practice in the morning? This swim dad approves!

7 years ago

I’m guessing Princeton was her dream school

7 years ago

Good academically, but not a program known for developing talent

Reply to  Slim
7 years ago

They’ve had some good swimmers. Plus, a Princeton education will be great for her future. Sometimes it’s about the whole person.

Reply to  Slim
7 years ago

“Good” academically? If you’re referring to Princeton, I’d like to hear what your “outstanding” is.

Reply to  swimdoc
7 years ago

I went to Columbia 🙂 go lions.

Reply to  Slim
7 years ago

I think everyone would agree Princeton>Columbia

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Reply to  Klorn8d
7 years ago

Except the year Jason Garret was QB

Reply to  Klorn8d
7 years ago

apparently not the Wall Street journal…

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Reply to  Slim
7 years ago

Not known for it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do an exceptional job developing her.

Basil lombardo
7 years ago

Nice to see a student put her education first , although Georgia is a fine school obviously an Ivy League education is something few have the opportunity to obtain , congrats !!!

Former swimmer
Reply to  Basil lombardo
7 years ago

Not always an easy decision: education first or swimming first. Ideally, you can do both.

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