Walker Parra gives verbal to Seton Hall

Greg Johnson
Feb 20, 2019

               Walker Parra, long-time GPAC swimmer and team captain, gave his verbal commitment to swim for Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ last week.

               “I am eager to continue my swimming career at Seton Hall,” said Parra. “During the visit I really clicked with the coaches and got to see how their program has experienced lots of success in the last few years. I look forward to competing for the pirates.”

               Parra began swimming with GPAC at the young age of 5, and has experience all levels of success throughout his journey in the program. Walker has been a Southeastern qualifier every year since he was 8, a multi-time Southeastern finalist, and two-time Southeastern champion. Walker was also selected to the Southeastern Zone team in 2014 and 2016, and was voted to represent athlete’s interest in the Southeastern Swimming House of Delegates and has also represented the LCS as an athlete representative to the national Aquatic Sports Council.

               Walker currently holds the team records in the 200-yd backstroke for the 11-12, 13-14 and Senior age groups, as well as the 13-14 boys’ 100-yd backstroke. He also holds team records in 8 & under 100-m free, 11-12 400 and 800m free, 100 and 200m backstroke, and the 13-14 boys’ 1500m free.

               “It’s always satisfying to see a swimmer who is a total product of the team get to take the next step in their athletic career,” said coach Greg Johnson, who has been coaching Walker since he was 9-years-old. “He is a true ambassador of the GPAC team, and of the sport, and he is going to make the Seton Hall team better for being a part of it.”

               Walker’s commitment marks the third senior in the class of 2019 to declare their intent to swim collegiately. GPAC is proud of Walker and his academic and athletic achievements.