Pierce Farrington is a champion. “Pierce has set numerous state records in all four strokes,” began Edge Swim Club Head Coach and Burlington Country Club (BCC) coach Caleb Hall-Potvin. “He also finished in the Top 16 in multiple events against some of the top U.S. swimmers at the Speedo Champions Series meet last spring. Pierce is extremely talented. He is very important to the success of the swim team; not only competitively but in all areas. He is a strong leader and sets a great example for the younger swimmers. He motivates them and shows them how cool it is to swim. Pierce is kind and inclusive and he is a joy to coach.”
Born on Dec. 9, 1995, Farrington has lived in Shelburne his entire life. His family includes parents, Wendy and Chris, younger brother, Alex, and younger sister, Tia, both Champlain Valley Union (CVU) freshmen.
“I started swimming in the summer for the Burlington Country Club at age eight,” Farrington recalled of his first aquatic experience. “I liked the water and my grandfather used to swim. So, I decided to give swimming a try. It went well and I stuck with it,” he noted.
“I swim every event but I prefer freestyle and butterfly,” said the athletically inclined swimmer. And that is where he obviously excels. At 16, Farrington set a Champlain Valley Swim League (CVSL) record in the U18 100-yard individual medley and the 50-yard freestyle, and set the state record in the 50-yard butterfly. Last summer he broke his own 50-yard butterfly state record with a time of 23:43.
When Farrington is not out setting records, he can be found with encouraging younger swimmers. “My biggest impact on younger athletes is helping them prepare for big events. I enjoy motiving them which is why I would like to be coach someday.”
Asked about his greatest achievement, Farrington’s answer is clear. “I would say my proudest moment would be when I set four state records at age 14. I set records in the 100-yard individual medley relay, the 50-yard butterfly, 50-yard freestyle, and 50-yard backstroke,” he said.
A two-year varsity football player at CVU, Farrington was honored with a selection to play in the annual North-South All Star football game. He enjoys downhill skiing for recreation, is gainfully employed at Farrington Construction, and will help organize a team for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Vermont this winter. “We will try to convince 200 CVU students to do the Plunge in February. It’s a reachable goal.”
Once his final summer swim season is over, Farrington will attend Keene State College, St. Michael’s College, Roger Williams University, or High Point University. “I applied early action to my top choices,” Farrington commented. “I will know which schools have accepted me before the end of the year.” Currently considering athletic training or business as his course of study, Farrington will keep all his options open. And from what he has demonstrated so far, Farrington will remain a champion.