Gamecock Women Grab Two Verbals, Haley Arner and Kaelyn Dougherty

by Eli Noblitt 1

October 11th, 2017 College, College Recruiting, News, SEC

Haley Arner

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of South Carolina! I can’t wait to be a part of such an amazing team! GO COCKS!!!” [sic]

Arner is a Southeastern native from Gwinnett County, Georgia. Her club team is Swim Atlanta, and she also competes for her high school, Collins Hill. In short course, Arner’s best events are the 200 yard free (1:49.50) and the 500 yard free (4:52.00). She has Winter Juniors qualifications in both of those events. She’s even stronger in long course, where she has a Winter Nationals cut in the 2oo meter free (2:03.39), a Summer Juniors cut in the 400 meter free (4:21.07), and a Winter Juniors cut in the 200 meter fly (2:18.70).

Last year, as a junior, at the GHSA 6A-7A State Championship, Arner was third in the 200 free (1:49.82) and seventh in the 500 free (4:59.27). As a sophomore, she finished second in the 500 free (4:53.22) and fourth in the 200 free (1:49.91). Her losses in those meets came to notable high school swimmers, including Lauren Case of Texas, and Emma Cole and Emma Layton of Chapel Hill.

Kaelyn Dougherty

“I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic careers at the university of South Carolina! I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my family, especially my mom and grandfather! As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew this was my perfect fit! I am so thankful for this opportunity and excited to be a Gamecock!”

Dougherty hails from Pennsylvania and competes for the Jersey Wahoos. She’s an all-around threat with Junior Nationals cuts in a variety of short course events: 100 back (56.34), 200 breast (2:18.45), 200 IM (2:03.42), and 400 IM (4:17.58). Most notably for college recruiters, three out of four of those times are from the most recent short course season.

Dougherty has carried her momentum from the small pool into this summer’s long course season. At the Middle Atlantic Senior LC Championship this past July, she won the 200 meter breast in 2:36.33, which is a U.S. Open qualifying time. In fact, Dougherty achieved new personal bests in twelve (12) different long course events.


Arner and Dougherty join Ellie MastersonEmma ScheiderHalladay KinseyMari KrausRachel Lee, and Ryann Styer as members of South Carolina’s Class of 2022.

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].

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