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Rabea Pfaff and her family proudly show their UNC school spirit during a college athletic signing ceremony at AGHS on November 14. Back row standing from left: Ava (sister), Emily (mother), Keith (father), Annika (sister). Front row seated: Rabea Pfaff.

WEST GROVE—Excited to continue her lifelong passion, Avon Grove High School senior Rabea Pfaff signed a National Letter of Intent to swim and dive for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pfaff applied only to UNC, stating, “I felt that was my place, where I fit in.” She is already in communication with 12 students from other high schools who will also be swimming for UNC next year. She added, “I love the team members, they are a huge family to me already.”

While attending UNC, Pfaff will divide her time between swimming and studying neuroscience. Upon graduation, she plans to attend medical school. “UNC sets me up really well for that,” Pfaff said. “It has the second-best pre-med program in the country, and it has a children’s hospital on campus, which is great because I want to do something in pediatrics,” stated Pfaff.

Pfaff’s journey began at just four months old when she started taking swimming lessons. Since then, she has swum competitively through the Jennersville YMCA and for the Delaware Swim Team (DST). Today, Pfaff continues to swim and dive for DST as well as for the AGHS swimming and diving team.

AGHS has competed at the PIAA AAA State Championships for the past three years, and Pfaff is anxiously anticipating the opportunity to compete again this year. Pfaff, who typically swims the 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and two relay races, stated, “Our team is fantastic. I’m just there to compete with the team and to help them win.”

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