Five-Time Louisiana DIV State Champion Pierce Thionville Sends Verbal to Southern Methodist

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Photo Courtesy: Pierce Thionville

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NEW COMMIT: Southern Methodist University has formed an impressive Class of 2025 so far, with their latest addition coming from Pierce Thionville of Harahan, La.

He will join Joe Rusnock, Rylan Stevenson, Russel Exum, Max Zaunich, Cotton Fields, Sawyer Inglis and Angus Corbeau as a member of the Mustangs in the fall of 2021.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m grateful to announce my verbal commitment to SMU to continue my athletic and academic career. I’d like to thank my coaches, friends, and family for helping me get to where I am. Pony up!”

Thionville swims year-round with Nu Wave Swim Club for coach Ross Hedrick and most recently earned five best times at College Station Sectionals. He recorded five top-8 finishes at Louisiana Seniors in February, including a runner-up showing in the 1000 free.

Last summer, he grabbed silver in the 1500m free and bronze in the 200m back at the Louisiana LCM 13&O Championships before going on to final in the 200m back at NCSAs.

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Photo Courtesy: Pierce Thionville

His best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:41.64
  • 500 free – 4:32.14
  • 1000 free – 9:38.95
  • 1650 free – 16:03.00
  • 100 back – 50.63
  • 200 back – 1:50.64

Also competing for Isidore Newman School, Thionville is a six-time Louisiana Division 4 State Championship finalist. He won the 100 back and 500 free during both his sophomore and junior seasons while taking first in the 500 free and second in the 200 free during his freshman season.

Under head coach Greg Rhodenbaugh, the Mustangs finished third overall in the team standings at the 2020 American Athletic Conference Championships.

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