SoCal Sprinter Reagan Nibarger Makes Verbal Pledge to UCSB Gauchos

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Reagan Nibarger, a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from Stevenson Ranch, California, has verbally committed to the University of California, Santa Barbara for 2020-21.

“I am proud to announce my verbal commitment to the University of California Santa Barbara to pursue my athletic and academic career! Thank you to my family, friends and coaches who have helped me along to way. Go Gauchos! 💙💛”

Nibarger is a senior at West Ranch High School in Valencia. Last spring she placed 7th in the 50 free (23.92) and 6th in the 100 free (50.89) at the 2019 CIF-Southern Section Division I Championships. She competed at 2018 Winter Juniors West in the 50/100/200 free. Later in the season she swam best times in the 50 back, 50/100 fly, and 200 IM. This summer Nibarger was a finalist in the 50 free (19th with 27.10) and 100 free (8th with 58.40) at Mt. Hood Sectionals. She also notched a PB in the 200 free (2:07.52).

Santa Barbara women finished third at the 2019 MPSF Championships. Nibarger would have been a B-finalist in the 100 free along with now-junior Jacqueline Harris and sophomore Marriott Hoffmann. Senior Emily Ward was an A-finalist and her classmate Lucy Fellner swam in the C final. Nibarger also would have joined junior Christina Campbell and sophomore Ellie Whitney in the C final of the 200 free (senior Haley Herzberg and sophomore Ellie Whitney were B-finalists; Ward and junior Elena England were A-finalists). It took 23.56 to score in the 50 free.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 free – 23.67
  • 100 free – 50.89
  • 200 free – 1:52.84

Nibarger will join Cameron Collins, Hannah Joseph, and Paige Gambetta in the Gauchos’ class of 2024.

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