Three-Time South Carolina 3A State Champion Emma Sullivan Verbals to Gamecocks for 2020

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NEW COMMIT: Pawleys Island, S.C. native and current high school junior Emma Sullivan has announced her in-state verbal commitment to South Carolina as a member of the class of 2024.

The Gamecocks have been on top of their recruiting game for next fall, snagging a pair of other top in-state recruits in Gabi Reed and Riley Parker in addition to Sullivan.

Sullivan swims year-round with South Carolina Swim Club and most recently competed at the SC Championships where she won the mile with five additional top-20 finishes. She won the 800m free and earned the bronze in both the 1500m free and 200m back at SC LCM Championships this past summer and earned a trio of lifetime bests at Greensboro Speedo Sectionals last March.

Also competing for Waccamaw High School, Sullivan is a six-time South Carolina 3A State Championship finalist. She won the 500 free and was the 200 free runner-up as a junior after winning both of those events during her sophomore season.

She told Swimming World:

“I am beyond grateful to swim at the University of South Carolina! It has been my dream school since I was a little girl. I am so thankful for the opportunities the sport of swimming has given me! I have been ready to say I’m a gamecock for many years now, and I finally can! I’m excited to become apart of such an amazing team and family. It’s great to be a gamecock!”

Her best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:55.07
  • 500 free – 4:59.90
  • 1000 free – 10:12.03
  • 1650 free – 17:03.37

Although she’s not quite in scoring range just yet at the SEC Championships, Sullivan has continuously made improvements with 1.5 years of club swimming still to go before suiting up for the Gamecocks. Over the past three seasons, she has dropped three seconds in the 200 free, 14 seconds in the 500 free, 30 seconds in the 1000 free and over a minute in the mile.

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  1. Daina Rice Hill

    Congrats! Gamecocks sure are getting a great one. Great athlete and teammate!