Arianna Transitions To Professional Swimming

Wednesday 05th, September 2012 / 21:43 Published by

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

After her stellar senior year at Auburn University and her second outing at the Olympic Games in London, England, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace has decided to continue in the sport as a professional swimmer.

Vanderpool-Wallace, who graduated this year from Auburn University as the most decorated woman in the Bulldogs’ history, is now in Miami, Florida, where she is training at the University of Miami.

The 22-year-old wrapped up her historic Olympic appearance with an eighth-place finish in the women’s 50m freestyle final, clocking a 24.69 in the final women’s individual race of the Games. It was .05 shy of her time in the semifinals, but history was made as she was the first-ever Bahamian swimmer to advance to an Olympic final.

She reached the final as she qualified sixth overall in the women’s 50m freestyle semis. Her time of 24.64 set a new personal best and also goes down as a new Bahamian and Auburn record. In the morning preliminary heats, she clocked a 24.85 to tie for seventh overall and earn a spot in the semifinals.

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