Plymouth Whitemarsh High School’s record-setting swimmer, Riley Coyle, will trade his PW swim cap for a Loyola University one when he begins college there this fall.
Riley will swim for the Division I school and study finance. He is eager to grow as an athlete by competing at the university level.
“I look forward to seeing what I can do with this sport and where I can take my skills,” he said.
His skills have already taken him far. During his time as a swimmer at PW, he set a school record in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:55:02, and swam backstroke one the 200 Medley Relay, which broke the school record and was an All-American consideration time in 2020. He qualified for the PIAA State meet in the 200 Individual Medley and was also the Suburban One League Champion. As a freshman he received the Rookie of the Year award, as a sophomore he was named the Hardest Worker, and received the Highest Point Award as a junior and senior.
The sport has been one he has been involved with his entire life, and what he has learned from it has been valuable.
“The life lessons that swimming taught me truly made me the person that I am today,” he said. “It allowed me to get better with organization in my life with having two practices a day, classes, and work.”
In addition to swimming, Riley played lacrosse for his first three years in high school. He has received Distinguished Honors as well.