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Elmbrook Swim Club’s Emilio Perez, a senior at Greenfield High School, has signed with the University of Alabama for this fall. Perez had initially made a verbal pledge to Arizona State University in the Pac-12.
I chose Alabama because of their amazing competitive environment and how I fit in with the team. Additionally, their impressive improvements as a team in the rankings was a key factor in my decision.
TOP TIMES (SCY)
- 50 free – 19.81
- 100 free – 44.53
- 200 free – 1:41.23
- 100 back – 50.75
- 100 fly – 47.27
“At that time I was presented with an amazing opportunity,” said Perez about his initial commitment. “Due to personal reasons, I had to opt out before signing.”
Last weekend, Perez had a huge meet at the Wisconsin HS Division I Championships, torching state records with titles in the 50 free (19.81) and 100 fly (47.27). He also was 22.14 leading off Greenfield Co-op’s 200 medley relay and 44.87 leading off their state title-earning 400 free relay. When he committed to ASU last March, Perez was 20.40 in the 50 free and 47.97 in the 100 fly, so his recruiting value has only gone up since the beginning of the pandemic.
Back in 2019, Perez was a finalist at the Junior National Championships in the 50 free, going a 23.50 in prelims and 23.63 in finals to place 12th overall. His best time of 23.25 is just .06 off of the Wave I Olympic Trials cut.
Alabama has had an exceptional sprint program over the last several years, and are led this season by star freshman Matt King (19.2/42.1 this year so far). Known for coaching sprinters, Coley Stickels resigned from the head coaching role at Alabama in December after 18 months in the role, and associate head coach Ozzie Quevedo is leading the program the rest of this season on an interim basis. Volunteer assistant and former star American sprinter Margo Geer is taking over the head coaching role for next season, and she announced last night she was retiring from the sport after initially planning on making a run at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Perez joins Ben Hines, Top 20-HM Braden Rollins, Charlie Hawke, Mateo Miceli, Nicklas Bohn and Jackson Dement in Alabama’s class of 2025. Hines and Rollins are two other big sprint free pickups for the Crimson Tide, with Hines at 20.0/44.9 and Rollins at 20.1/43.8.
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