Tessa Muzzy


This school and swim year, we get the opportunity to honor and present three Virginia Gator seniors in the class of 2022; Colin Murtaugh, Ali Pfaff, and Ava Muzzy. Day in and day out, all three of these seniors put in the work needed to get them to where they are today. From early morning practices to being examples for younger swimmers to excelling academically in their schools, these graduating seniors are the real deal. 





Colin is a senior at William Byrd and sprinter, has announced his verbal commitment to swim at George Mason University. He will join the Patriots behind his older sister and former Gator, Abbey Murtaugh, a sophomore currently at George Mason.


"I’m super excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and athletic career at George Mason University. Thank you to all my family, friends, teammates, and Coaches who helped me along the way. Go Patriots!"








Ali has announced her verbal commitment to Duke University. Pfaff is primarily a sprint freestyler and a backstroker, and she set yards bests in several events at the 2021 Speedo Junior Winter Championships in Greensboro. There, she made the B-final in the 50 free, and the C-final in the 100 back and the 100 free. 


"I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to Duke University. Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me throughout my swimming career. I look forward to being a Blue Devil!"






Ava, a senior at Cave Spring High School, is a 4-time Virginia Swimming Age Group Swimmer of the Year with Winter US Open cuts in the 100 fly and 200 IM and Winter Junior qualifications in the 200 Back, 100/200 breast, and 400 IM. Ava will join the Tar Heels a year after her older sister, All American and former Virginia Gator, Emma Muzzy graduates from ACC Rival NC State. 


“I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at The University of North Carolina! Thank you to my family, coaches, and teammates for getting me to this point. Go Heels!"