H.S. SWIMMING: Wallenpaupack’s Baileigh Vanderhoof commits to Rider University
Published: October 22, 2013
Baileigh Vanderhoof played an integral role in helping to establish the Wallenpaupack swimming program.
Her hard work and accomplished high school career helped the program get school sponsored for this season and get her noticed.
And Monday, she was rewarded by verbally committing to Rider University where she will continue her athletic and academic careers.
“It’s so exciting,” Vanderhoof, 17, said. “I started talking with coach (Steve) Fletcher in July, visited in August and took an official visit in October. I really enjoyed the team and the school. I really got along great with the team and the coach. The coaches really support academics and that was also important to me.”
A three-time All-Region performer, Vanderhoof, who began swimming competitively when she was 12, represented the Wallenpaupack team which wasn’t an official member of the Wyoming Valley Conference North Division. She blossomed despite not having a pool at the school to practice and spent long hours working out in mornings and evenings at the YMCA in East Stroudsburg throughout the summer.
Last season, Vanderhoof set a District 2 Class AAA record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 13.10 seconds. She was also the Lackawanna County meet champion in the 200 IM.
As a sophomore, she won a pair of silver medals in the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke at both the District 2 Class AAA and Lackawanna County championships. And in her freshman year, she won a gold in the 100 fly and a silver in the 200 IM at districts and a gold in the IM and a silver in the fly at the Lackawanna County meet.
Vanderhoof has been a member of the Pocono Family YMCA Swim Team since age 12 and has qualified for YMCA Districts, States and Nationals. Â She holds several team records and has been a important member of our team.
GREAT JOB “Baileigh”!