Arizona Picks Up TX Distance Specialist Beck Parnham for 2021

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Blue Tide Aquatics distance specialist Beck Parnham has verbally committed to the University of Arizona for fall 2021. Parnham is a rising senior at Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas.

I’m extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to the university of Arizona! I chose Arizona because of the amazing coaching staff, the great academics and the outstanding team culture! I would like to thank all my family friends, and coaches who have helped to get me to this point in my life and I can’t wait to begin a new adventure in Tucson, Arizona! BEAR DOWN!


  • 200 – 1:42.56
  • 500 free – 4:28.26
  • 1650 free – 15:26.39
  • 200 back – 1:52.39
  • 200 fly – 1:51.12
  • 200 IM – 1:52.67
  • 400 IM – 3:57.56

At the 2020 Texas 6A high school championships, Parnham was an A-finalist in the 500 free, going a lifetime best 4:28.26 in prelims before finishing seventh in the final. He was also 12th in the 200 IM (1:52.80).

Last year, at the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West, Parnham clocked a 15:26.39 lifetime best in the 1650 free to touch 13th overall.

Arizona returns top distance swimmer Brooks Fail, a rising senior, who was 4:11.79 in the 500 and 14:37.60 in the mile last year. Last year, at the 2020 Pac-12 Championships, the Wildcats placed second behind Cal, narrowly defeating Stanford and Arizona State. Parnham would’ve placed 18th in the mile at the Pac-12 Champs with his lifetime best.

Parnham joins in-state breaststroker Tate Bahti, butterflier Alex McMahon, backstroker Jack Donovan and backstroker Connor West in Arizona’s class of 2025.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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