Gamecocks Earn Verbal Commitment from “Best of the Rest” Backstroker Tori Abruzzo

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Tori Abruzzo, a junior at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, Pennsylvania, has verbally committed to the University of South Carolina. She will be the third Abruzzo sibling to swim in the SEC, with Andrew (UGA class of 2022) and Mia (UGA class of 2025) having preceded her. Another sister, Gabi, is a year behind her in high school.

She wrote on social media:

“I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of South Carolina! Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches for helping me get to this point. Go cocks!!”

Abruzzo swims for Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club (PWAC) and specializes in backstroke, IM, and butterfly. We named her to the “Best of the Rest” section of our Way Too Early list of top girls’ recruits from the high school class of 2025.

At the 2023 Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championship, she won both the 200 IM (2:00.87) and 500 free (4:53.11) with lifetime bests. As a freshman at the same meet a year earlier, she swam two completely different events, finishing 2nd in the 100 back (54.02) and 3rd in the 100 fly (54.73); both of those times were PBs as well.

Abruzzo was on fire in the spring of 2022. Following high school season, she competed at the Middle Atlantic LSC Senior Short Course Championships and clocked PBs in the 50/200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 IM with top-8 finishes in the 100/200 back, 100/200 fly, and 200/400 IM.

Best SCY times:

  • 200 IM – 2:00.87
  • 400 IM – 4:17.38
  • 50 back – 26.01
  • 100 back – 54.02
  • 200 back – 1:55.98
  • 200 fly – 2:00.06
  • 100 fly – 54.73
  • 200 breast – 2:21.12

South Carolina had two sub-2:00 IMers last year, Victoria Kwan and Laura Goettler. Kwan has since graduated, while Goettler is a senior this year, so Abruzzo has the opportunity to be an immediate impact player when she arrives in Columbia in the fall of 2025.

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Long Strokes
8 months ago

Great job, Tori!

Coach Sean
8 months ago

Congratulations Tori!
Hard work pays off-

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