5x Oregon High School State Champ Lily Gardner Sends Verbal to UGA for 2020-21

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Portland, Oregon’s Lily Gardner has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Georgia for 2021-22. She will join Elsa Fretz, Mary Martin, Mia Abruzzo, and Rachel Stege in the class of 2025.

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the University of Georgia! Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches for all the support. I cannot wait to be back in Athens! GO DAWGS!!!❤️🐾”

Gardner is a junior at Sunset High School in Portland. She won the 200 free (1:48.41) and 100 fly (54.68) at the 2019 Oregon High School 6A (largest schools) State Championships last season as a sophomore, breaking the 6A and Oregon High School records with her 200 free. Also in 2019, she contributed a pair of anchors to the winning 200 free and 400 free relays, the latter of which broke the 6A and OSAA records. The year before, at the end of her freshman season, she swam a leg on the 200 free relay that broke the 6A and OSAA records.

Gardner swims year-round with Tualatin Hills Swim Club. She has Winter Juniors-or-faster time standards in the 50/100/200 free, 100 back, and 100/200 fly and competed in December at Winter Juniors West in the 50/100 free, 100 back, and 100 fly. This summer she won the 200m free (2:03.24) at Mt. Hood Futures. Between that meet and Mt. Hood Sectionals in July, she improved her LCM times in the 50/100/200/400/800 free and 100/200 fly.

Gardner will overlap with Bulldogs Tatum Smith, Dakota Luther, Zoie Hartman, Mady Bragg, Portia Brown, and Jillian Barczyk in the freestyle group and Luther, Smith, and Bragg in the butterfly group. It took 22.66 in the 50 free, 49.63 in the 100 free, and 1:47.39 in the 200 free to score at 2019 SECs.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 free – 23.29
  • 100 free – 50.18
  • 200 free – 1:47.87
  • 100 fly – 54.79
  • 200 fly – 2:00.63
  • 100 back – 55.68

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(G)olden Bear
2 years ago

Huge talent, lots of upside. Congratulations, Lily!

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