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Maddie Pierce from the Richmond suburb of Glen Allen, Virginia has announced her verbal commitment to the University of South Carolina’s class of 2025. A junior at Glen Allen High School, Pierce swims year-round for NOVA of Virginia Aquatics.
“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and athletic career to swim for the University of South Carolina. Thank you to all of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, and everyone else who has helped me to get where I am today. I am so grateful for all of the love and support, and I am so excited to be a Gamecock! #spursup🐔”
Pierce is a versatile swimmer who has represented the Jaguars in free, back, and IM at Virginia 5A High School state meets. As a freshman in 2018, she finished 5th in the 100 back. She skipped the next year but at the 2020 VHSL 5A Championships she swam the 200 IM and 100 free. She came in 6th in the former (2:07.05) and 5th in the latter (52.85) and led off the 4×50 free (24.94) and 4×100 free (53.15) relays. Pierce competed at 2019 Winter Juniors East in the 100 back and 100 fly. She also swam on NOVA’s 200 free relay (23.84 split), 400 free relay (52.46 leadoff), and 400 medley relay (56.55 leadoff backstroke).
Top SCY times:
- 50 back – 25.52
- 100 back – 54.86
- 200 back – 2:02.67
- 200 IM – 2:04.99
- 100 fly – 56.38
- 100 breast – 1:05.80
- 100 free – 51.96
The Gamecocks finished 9th of 12 teams at the 2020 SEC Championships. Pierce is nearly within scoring range at the conference level in her main events. It took 53.63/1:56.18 to get a second swim in the backstroke events and 1:59.44 in the 200 IM.
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