World Juniors Semi-Finalist Pia Murray of Great Britain Commits to Florida St.

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British international swimmer Pia Murray from Preston, England has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Florida State Seminoles in the fall of 2020. Murray currently trains with the Ellesmere College Titans, a program that has sent a significant number of swimmers to the NCAA over the last few years, including Lauren Wetherell to Tennessee who recently committed for the class of 2021.

Murray represented Great Britain at both the World Junior and European Junior Championships in the summer of 2019. Her best finishes at the European Junior Championships were 11th-place results in both the 50 back and 200 back in semi-finals; she also was 8th in prelims of the 100 back before scratching the semi-final.

She also led-off the British 400 medley relay that earned a bronze medal.

At World Juniors, she also qualified for the semi-final of the 100 back, where she finished 14th.

Best Times in LCM:

  • 50 free – 27.35
  • 100 free – 59.35
  • 200 free – 2:08.95
  • 50 back – 29.30
  • 100 back – 1:02.27
  • 200 back – 2:13.64

Florida State has added a mix of domestic and international swimmers in their class of 2020, including signing Hungarian Junior National Teamer Zsofia Kurdy, Texans Carson Kaufmann and Ashley Zettle, and Iowan Arianna Ottavianelli. Murray brings some versatility to the class, as Kurdy and Ottavianelli are both breaststrokers, while Kaufmann and Zettle are both mid-to-distance freestylers.

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3 years ago

Great choice Pia, Go Noles!!

3 years ago

51st all-time Brit, yet three other Florida (Gators) based Brits are ahead of her all-time in the 200bk (Spofforth, Proud, Hohmann). Pretty cool when you consider how few Brits swim in the US.

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