Riley Gaines is a name to reckon with in the world of competitive swimming. Born on September 7, 2000, in the United States of America, Gaines made a name for herself in the swimming world at a very young age. The professional swimmer grew up in Long Beach, California, and started swimming seriously at age six. She was good at the sport right away and won several national titles when she was young.
Recently, Riley claimed to have been physically assaulted on the campus of San Francisco State University while speaking about her opposition to the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports. Gaines stated that she was struck twice, with one of the blows grazing her face. The incident is under investigation by university police, and there were no arrests related to the event.
In this article, we take a closer look at her achievements and also examine her personal life, including her husband, Louis Barker.
Know About Riley Gaines’ Husband, Louis Barker
In one of her social media posts, Gaines revealed that she was married to Louis Barker. The couple has been posting pictures of themselves kissing and cuddling on their verified social media accounts. In a post, Gaines shared a photo of herself and Barker and added the caption, “So this means I get to call @louis_charlie_barker my husband forever? Lucky me! You make me a better person every day, and I couldn’t be more thankful for you and your unconditional love. 🤍 I got myself a country British boy, brb living every girl’s dream 🥵.”
While not much is known about Barker, he has been very supportive of Gaines throughout her career. After Gaines said that she was attacked by shouting trans activists at an event where she spoke in favor of keeping women’s sports, Barker said that he talked to his wife a few times while she was locked in the room for about three hours. “She told me that a man in a dress hit her more than once. I was shaking. It made me so angry. “I feel sick that I can’t do anything about it,” Barker said. “She was being watched by the police, but a man in a dress still hit her.”
Meet Riley Gaines: An Accomplished Swimmer
Gaines has had an impressive career as a swimmer, having won several national and international medals. In 2019, she made her international debut at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and a bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle.
Gaines started her freshman year at Stanford University in the fall of 2020. She joined the women’s swim team. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic made things hard, Gaines had a big effect on the Cardinal right away. With a time of 21.98 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle at her first college meet, she beat the Stanford mark. She also helped lead the team to a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The swimmer kept doing well in her first year, and she won the Pac-12 Conference title in the 50-yard freestyle, which helped Stanford win the conference title. She was also named Freshman of the Year for the Pac-12.