Futures Champion Eli Tarabocchia Verbally Commits to South Carolina for 2020-21 Season

Eli Tarabocchia South Carolina
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NEW COMMIT: Chesterfield, Va. native and current high school junior Eli Tarabocchia has verbally committed to the University of South Carolina beginning in the fall of 2020.

Tarabocchia, who owns the U.S. Open standard in the 200 back, swims year-round with Quest Swimming and most recently competed at Richmond TYR Pro Swim Series where he finished 14th in the 200m back. He won both backstroke events at TYR ISCA Juniors in March after placing 12th in the 200 back at Juniors East in December.

This past summer, he won the 200m back at Virginia Seniors before going on to win that event as well as earn the runner-up spot in the 100m back at Richmond Futures. Also competing for Cosby High School, Tarabocchia finished eighth in the 100 back and 15th in the 200 IM as a junior at the Virginia 6A State Championships.

He told Swimming World:

“I couldn’t be happier to announce my verbal commitment to further my swimming and academics at the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2020. A huge thank you to my coaches, parents and teammates for always helping me to achieve my goals. Can’t wait to be a Gamecock! SPURS UP!”

His best times include:

  • 50 back – 24.69
  • 100 back – 50.30
  • 200 back – 1:47.15
  • 400 IM – 3:58.70
  • 500 Free – 4:35.17

Tarabocchia will add valuable backstroke depth when he suits up for the Gamecocks as a member of the class of 2024. Although he’s just outside of scoring range at the SEC Championships, he has continuously made improvements each season with over a year to go before arriving in Columbia.

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