Riley Scott celebrated Thanksgiving in a novel way. The Petaluma 15-year-old finished 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke at the AT&T USA Swimming Winter Championships in Austin, Texas, in late November.

Swimming a personal best time of 1:01.86, which qualified her for finals, she currently ranks fourth in the country for all 15-year-olds in this event.

“Riley had an outstanding meet,” said Warren Lager, her coach. “It demonstrated her dedicated training during the fall. For a swimmer to make the finals in her first exposure to the national championships is truly exceptional. I believe this is the beginning of a great year for her.”

Additionally, she competed in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing 26th with a time of 2:15.34. In this category, she ranks and in the nation in her age group.

A Petaluma High School sophomore, she trains with the Marin Pirates in Novato.

Next up for Scott is the USA swimming national select camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in January. Nationwide, she is one of 30 female swimmers between 14 and 16 to be invited to the camp.

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