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Greenville, South Carolina-native Riley Parker has announced her verbal commitment to the University of South Carolina for 2020-21. She will join Gabi Reed in the class of 2024.
“Super excited to announce my commitment to swim and study at the University of South Carolina! I felt at home as soon as I set foot on campus! A huge thank you to my family, teammates, and coaches for their generosity and support! #spursup”
Parker is a junior at Eastside High School. She won both the 100 free (52.24) and 200 free (1:52.17) at the 2018 SCHSL 4A State Championships in October. She also anchored the winning 400 free relay and led off the 3rd-place 200 medley relay (27.92).
In club swimming, where she represents Team Greenville, Parker competed at Winter Juniors East in the 100/200/500 free and 200 back. She also time-trialed the 100 fly and 400 IM and picked up new PBs in both events. More recently, she was top-3 in the 100/200 free and 100/200 back at the South Carolina Swimming LSC Short Course Championships. She also competed in the 500 free, 1000 free and 100 fly and improved her PBs in the 100 free, 1000 free, and 100 back. At the 2019 NCSA Spring Championship, Parker swam the 50/100/200/500 free, 100/200 back, and 200 IM. She finaled in the 200 free and dropped time in the 50 free and 200 back.
Parker would have been one of the top 8 100/200 freestylers on the Gamecocks’ roster this year. She will overlap two years with freestylers Ayris Akbay, Haley Arner, Mari Kraus, Melinda Novoszath, and Emma Walker and one year with Danielle Doennebrink.
Top SCY times:
- 200 free – 1:48.85
- 100 free – 51.17
- 50 free – 24.50
- 200 back – 2:01.84
- 100 back – 56.65
- 50 back – 27.15
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