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 St. Andrew’s Swimmer Commits to Colgate
Chris Hayes

Elizabeth Rainey '22 commits to swim at Colgate!

Elizabeth Rainey ‘22 started swimming when she was only four years old. She realized at a young age that she not only enjoyed swimming but was good at it. By the time she was 11 years old, Elizabeth had entered the competitive swimming world and joined a club team back home. Even when she started at St. Andrew’s, she would make sure to still compete with her club team when she was on school breaks. “I would swim with St. Andrew’s at school and then back with my club in the summer and other long breaks,” she says.

Elizabeth knew she had a future in college athletics but started the process on a different path after her sophomore year. “I actually started with rowing recruiting," she recalls. "It was between rowing and swimming and I was talking to 10-12 schools, but I realized I would not love rowing as much as I love swimming and would burn out quickly. I made the switch and reached out to 30 schools in December 2020 for swimming and had 15 phone calls. I started visiting schools in February of this past year.” The first school she visited stood out immediately and she wanted to do her due diligence on the school. “I saw Colgate first, in February," she says. "I wanted to see it in the worst months so I knew what I was getting myself into—since it is in upstate New York.”

While the cold weather did not impact her immediate love for Colgate, this summer Elizabeth still wanted to be sure. Due to NCAA dead periods and COVID-19 campus restrictions last winter, she was not able to actually meet with coaches until her official recruiting visits over the summer. There were other schools vying for her commitment, but something about Colgate just stayed with her. “I liked Kenyon, Hamilton, Bates, Colby, Middlebury—but with Colgate I always smiled when I talked about it,” Elizabeth notes. “Even if you took out swimming, it best represented me. I felt most myself there.” Not only did she see herself fitting in on campus, but there is a buzz about Colgate’s swim program. “I met all the other recruits at Colgate,” she notes. “We have a big class coming in and it feels like it’s going in a really good direction as a program.”

As of last week, Elizabeth is officially committed to Colgate to swim! Now that her college commitment is signed and sealed, it is time to shift focus back towards the upcoming season—and Elizabeth has a few goals in mind, “I am really excited,” she says. “I am looking to break the 200 freestyle record because I have the 100 and the 50 [free record] but I want to break them again as well. I am lengthy and have a long stroke so I feel with enough training, the 200 could be my favorite event this year.” While training to have individual success in the pool, Elizabeth is also looking forward to being back with the team. “I am excited for the relays... and we have a lot of fun in preseason!”