February 2, 2018
GCY's Ben Esposito, of Greensboro, North Carolina, has verbally committed to swim at Niagara University
For those that know Ben, his first love has always been basketball, but at age 12 he decided to try swimming to help stay in shape for AAU/travel ball. Ben quickly developed a passion for swimming, and he decided to focus on swimming in the middle of his freshman year in high school with the hopes of swimming in college someday. Five years after his journey began; he has achieved his dream of being a college student-athlete, and has committed to swim at Niagara University as a member of the Class of 2022.
“I chose Niagara University because it is a school that best suited my future career path, and had everything that I was looking for academically, athletically, and socially. I was looking for a program with a family atmosphere and a commitment to training; and I felt like I made an immediate connection with the swim team at Niagara. Coach Ben Nigro, who swam at UNC-Wilmington, is also a coach that I felt could take my swimming to the next level. I look forward to my development as a student-athlete at Niagara. “Go Purple Eagles!!”
Ben has spent his last two years of high school at Grimsley. As a member of the Grimsley High School swim and dive team, Ben has qualified for the 4A Central Regional Championships in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 Individual Medley over the past two seasons. During his tenure at Grimsley, the Whirlies have repeated as the Metro 4A Conference Champions, and are hopeful to repeat as NCHSAA 4A Central Regional Champions this year.
Prior to moving back to Greensboro, Ben lived in Elon, NC, and attended The Burlington School. While at TBS, Ben was named to the Triad Athletic All-Conference swim team in 2014 and was a conference champion in the 100 Breaststroke, the 200 Medley Relay, and the 400 Freestyle Relay. At the NCISAA State Swim Championships Ben finished 7th (2015), and 9th (2014) in the 100 breaststroke, and 11th (2015) and 15th (2014) in the 100 butterfly. In 2014, The TBS boys swim team finished 7th in the state, the highest finish in the school’s history. Ben was a multi-sport star at TBS as he played junior varsity basketball his freshman year and he was a two-time varsity tennis letterman. Ben played #2 singles his sophomore year and #6 singles his freshman year, helping the team to 3rd place finishes in the NCISAA 1A State Championships in 2015 and 2016.
Ben has been a member of the GCY family since December of 2014. He literally joined the team and then the next day was off to his first Cocoa Beach Trip. He has not missed a single GCY trip since joining the program. As a member of GCY he made his first JO cut two weeks after that first Cocoa Beach trip in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Ben has also achieved NC Senior Championships cuts in the 100 and 200 breaststroke for the past two seasons.
Ben is a breaststroker primarily, and will be focusing on developing his breaststroke further at Niagara University. Ben has consistently improved in all of his other strokes each year, and with only five years of competitive swimming, he believes his best swimming is yet to come. He continues to drop time and is looking forward to continuing his training at the NCAA Division I level. Here is a breakdown of Ben’s best times:
- 50 Breast 29.89 (50 Breast split at 2017 Sr. Champs)
- 100 Breast 1:03.76
- 200 Breast 2:19.53
- 50 Butterfly 26.19
- 100 Butterfly 57.07
- 200 IM 2:08.20
Niagara University is a private four-year liberal arts catholic university that was founded by the Vincentian priests in 1856 and is located in Niagara Falls, NY. Niagara University has approximately 4,100 students. The 160-acre campus runs along the top of the picturesque Monteagle Ridge, overlooking the Niagara River gorge and Canada, and is less than five miles from one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls. Niagara University is a member of the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and currently sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports.
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Click names below to learn more about GCY’s other signee’s:
- Ethan Knorr - East Carolina University
- Alaina Joyce - University of Indianapolis
- Virginia Gilliland - Davidson College