After a busy summer, freestyler Elizabeth Richardson has verbally committed to the University of Houston, Texas.

From the first phone call, Richardson fell in love with the Cougars’ coaches and training philosophy. After two visits, she met the team and knew it was the place for her. When asked about why she chose Houston, Richardson says she “knew [there] was nothing else compared to UH.”

She made her announcement on Instagram, stating,

“I’m super pumped to announce my verbal commitment to attend the University of Houston and further my academic and swimming career! Go Coogs”

Richardson is a senior at Vero Beach High School, where she is coached by Gavin Ross. As a Fighting Indian, Richardson has been a top scorer since her freshman year, where she was the 4A State runner-up in the 100 freestyle. A three-time state finalist, Richardson has swum 50 and 100 freestyle, switching to the 100 and 200 her junior year.  Over the course of her FHSAA career, she has broken 7 school records: 50, 100, 200, 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, and 200 individual medley. Richardson has been recognized regionally as well, winning Treasure Coast Swimmer of the Year her freshman and sophomore years.

Richardson also swims club for Treasure Coast Swimming under Scott Barlow. Just like her role at VBHS, Richardson is consistently one of the top scorers for Treasure Coast. She has also represented her team nationally, qualifying for Winter Junior Nationals her sophomore year.

Richardson’s hard-work in the pool translates to the classroom. She will graduate in the top 10% of her class and has been recognized as a member of the National Honor Society.

Congratulations Elizabeth and good luck on the next four years!

Top Times SCY:

50 Freestyle: 23.64

100 Freestyle: 51.06

200 Freestyle: 1:50.79

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By Erika Wesch