POOLESVILLE, Md. — Elizabeth Pepper, a Poolesville native, is an Olympic swimming hopeful in the 200 meter butterfly. She will compete in the Olympic Trials later this month for the opportunity to represent her country in this event.
Pepper is the fiancé of former Elkin High School and Gardner-Webb University swimmer Steven Caudill. The couple met at Florida State University where Caudill served as a graduate assistant swim coach and Pepper was an athlete. They are planning an Oct. 1 wedding.
Pepper swam collegiately at Florida State and later at the University of Arizona. During her college career, she qualified for the NCAA Championships three times, earned All-American honors four times, and was a Senior National finalist three times. She was a member of a NCSA All-Star team that competed in the Irish Nationals in 2010. She swam in the 2012 Olympic Trials, competing in both the 200 meter butterfly and the 200 meter freestyle.
Pepper is a graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she is pursuing a master’s degree. She works with student-athlete support services at UNCG. She is also a volunteer assistant coach with the Duke University swim team.
Pepper has been training mostly on her own at the Greensboro Aquatics Center. At the Olympic Trials, she will be a representative of the Rockvllle Montgomery Swim Club. She began swimming competitively with this group as a child. “It feels good to be able to come full circle,” said Pepper, “and represent them again in my last hurrah after everything they did for me in the ten years I swam for them growing up.”