BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College men's swimming coach Rafael Forti has announced Gareth Palmer-Owen has signed his National Letter of Intent and is expected to join the Bulldog program this fall.
Forti begins by saying, "I am happy to be able to bring Gareth to our program in the fall. He will be able to provide much needed depth to our sprint and relay events. He has good room for development still, but his times are already competitive. I am looking forward to start working with him."
Palmer-Owen, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, prepped at Ambleside International Scoot of Hout Bay in his native country, while also clubbing with Aqua Sharks Green Point.
This past year Palmer-Owen received numerous awards: Western Cape Provincial colors Lifesaving Surf Swim, Western Province Half Colours, SA colors for South Africa Christian Schools Swimming Association in 2016
During 2015, he also received the SA colors for South Africa Christian Schools Swimming Association and the Junior Champion in the Western Province Jack Currie during the 2015 year in the 100 fly, and 200 IM events.
Palmer-Owen's time away from swimming was spent lifeguarding at the Llundudno Surf and also specializing in Taekwondo.
Palmer-Owen expressed, "I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to study and swim in America. I am confident that Coach Forti and I will be a strong pair and that I will fit in well with the team. It is a new adventure that awaits me and will allow me to use new resources and expertise to reach new heights. I am incredibly excited to be a Bulldog. Coming from Hout Bay, I also feel that the small community of Barbourville and Union College will feel closer to home."