Winter Juniors Finalist Rebecca Simpson (2021) Verbally Commits to Arkansas

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High school junior Rebecca Simpson, who hails from Rockwall, Texas, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Arkansas for the 2021-22 school year. She wrote on social media:

“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Arkansas to continue my academic and athletic career! I’d like to thank all my friends, family and coaches who have helped me along the way! go hogs 🐗❤️”

Simpson attends Rockwall High School and swims year-round for Rockwall Aquatic Center of Excellence. She specializes mainly in mid-distance freestyle but is quite versatile and adds back, fly and IM to the mix in club meets. In high school she swims the 200/500 free. As a freshman at the 2018 Texas UIL 6A Championships, she was an A-finalist in the 200 free, qualifying for the championship with 1:51.29. This past season she finished 18th in prelims (1:54.26). Simpson swam the 100/200/500 free at 2018 Winter Juniors West and finaled in the 500 (22nd place) with a PB of 4:52.05. This summer she competed at Des Moines Futures and finished top-5 in the 400 free (4:21.33 for 4th), 800 free (9:00.84 for 5th), and 1500 free (17:23.38 for 5th). All three times were lifetime bests. She also finaled in the 100 free (16th) and 200 free (12th).

Simpson’s best times would have ranked her among the Razorbacks’ top-5 swimmers in the 200 free and 500 free last season. She will overlap a year with Lexi Ljunggren, Rachel Rodriguez, and Svea Torres and two years with Emma Hultquist (also from Rockwall High School).

Top SCY times:

  • 500 free – 4:52.05
  • 200 free – 1:49.03
  • 100 free – 51.62
  • 400 IM – 4:29.72

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