BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School senior Grace Palfreyman and Ryan Bugianesi have committed to swim in college, and signed their letters of intent Nov. 8.
Palfreyman, 17, committed to the University of Richmond, in Virginia. She said she chose it because it has a blend of superior academics and competitive athletics.
Palfreyman began swimming for the Somerset Valley YMCA, the No. 1 ranked YMCA team in New Jersey, when she was 10 years old. She is also a four-year varsity letter earner for the school swim team, the top high school girls swim team in New Jersey, according to nj.com.
In addition, Palfreyman has attended the NJ Junior Olympics, the Meet of Champions and YMCA National Championships for several seasons.
Palfreyman said she learned the value of teamwork and good sportsmanship from swimming with the YMCA and BRHS, and is excited to bring those lessons to the University of Richmond.
Bugianesi, 18, committed to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Bugianesi swims for the Somerset Valley YMCA, and has been swimming for more than 10 years. He has also been a varsity swimmer at BRHS for all four years, attended the Meet of Champions and helped the Panthers to state finals last season.
In addition, Bugianesi has attended the NJ Junior Olympics, Sunkissed Invitational, 2016 Speedo Sectionals and the YMCA Short Course and Long Course Nationals.
For Bugianesi, his proudest accomplishments were making two individual finals at YMCA Long Course Nationals in the 400 IM where he placed 15th and the 200 butterfly where he placed 17th. The YMCA team placed first overall.