Riley Pestorius of Somerset Valley YMCA Verbally Commits to Brown

Riley Pestorius, a distance freestyler/butterflier from the Somerset Valley YMCA, has verbally committed to the application process at Brown University.*

Pestorius experienced an impressive junior year in both short-course and long-course seasons. After an 11th-place finish in the 500 free, swimming for Bridgewater-Raritan High School at the 2016 New Jersey State Meet, Pestorius swam the 200/500/1000/1650 frees at the 2016 YMCA Short Course National Championships in April, scoring 8th in the mile, 11th in the 1000, and 13th in the 500. Pestorius wrapped up the summer a multiple-event A finalist at the 2016 YMCA Long Course Nationals. He finished eighth in both the 400/1500m frees, sixth in the 800m free, and fifth in the 100m fly.

Over the past 12 months, he has dropped 55 seconds in the 1500, 18 seconds in the 800, 11 seconds in the 400 free and 5 seconds in the 100 fly en route to qualifying for Winter Junior Nationals in multiple events. His 56.71 at Long Course YNats was his first time under 1:00 in the event.

Dan Roth, his coach at Somerset Valley YMCA, told SwimSwam, “Riley is a hard worker in both the pool and the classroom. We are looking forward to watching him continue to evolve in and out of the water at the collegiate level.”

His best times are:

1650/1500 free 15:44.20 16:17.54
1000/800 free 9:26.16 8:28.09
500/400 free 4:32.28 4:04.30
200 free 1:43.44 2:01.47
100 fly 52.63 56.71

*IVY LEAGUE DISCLAIMER: A “verbal commitment” by a coach is not an offer of admission, as only the Admissions Office has that authority. An Ivy League coach can only commit his or her support in the admissions process.

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email to [email protected].


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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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