Pennsylvania Sprinter Syd Paglia Commits to the Naval Academy for 2020

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Syd Paglia, a senior at Avon Grove High School and Suburban Seahawks Club in Newton Square Pennsylvania, has committed to swim for the Naval Academy in Annapolis starting in the fall of 2020. A backstroker and sprint freestyler, Paglia will be joining a Navy team that is fresh off a Patriot League Championship season.

“I’m excited to announce my commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at the US Naval Academy class of 2024. I would like to express my gratitude to my family, coaches and friends for your help thru this process.  I feel blessed for the opportunity to serve our country and be a part of this amazing team. Go Navy Beat Army.”

Over the summer at the Middle Atlantic Senior Long Course Championships, Paglia took 5th place in both the 50 and 100 LCM freestyles (27.09/58.82). In March at the Middle Atlantic Senior Short Course Championships, she won a pair of silver medals in the 100-yard backstroke and freestyles (55.73 and 51.65 respectively) and a pair of bronze medals in the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle (55.96 and 23.81 respectively).

Top Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 23.45
  • 100 free – 51.54
  • 200 free – 1:52.04
  • 100 back – 55.73
  • 200 back – 2:04.15

With her current best times, Paglia would have qualified for the ‘A’ final in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Navy’s 200-yard freestyle relay was .11 seconds off of the winning time at the 2019 Patriot League Championship meet with a 23.37 rolling split from Alexa Kozlina, which suggests that the ceiling for this Navy team is quite high with the addition of Paglia. She will join Grace Hastings, Emily Morrissey, Gabi Baldwin, Chloe Skogg, Theresa Milio, and Hannah Pratt as members of the class of 2024. Syd is the only sprint specialist on the team, while Morrissey and Baldwin are both sub 2:00 backstrokers.

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1 year ago

Go Syd!