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Clayton Whetstine from Newport News, Virginia will head south to Athens, Georgia next fall, having made a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia’s class of 2026.
“I am super excited to announce my commitment to swim and study at the University of Georgia and remain a Bulldog for four more years! I want to thank my family, coaches, and teammates for supporting me! #GoDawgs”
A senior at Norfolk Academy, Whetstine is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. He is a three-time individual state high school champion. As a freshman, he contributed to the Bulldogs’ Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) state title in 2019 by placing second in the 100 back (51.33) and third in the 200 IM (1:54.92). As a sophomore in 2020, he won the 100 back (49.99) and again finished third in the IM (1:53.24). Last season, he won both events (50.46 and 1:53.00) at the 2021 VISAA Virtual State Championships.
Whetstine does his club swimming with Coast Guard Blue Dolphins. His first meet after the COVID-induced shutdown of spring and summer 2020 was at U.S. Open last December. He swam the 100/200m backstrokes. In December, he swam at the TAC Blizzard Blitz and notched lifetime bests in the SCY 100 breast (59.27), 200 back (1:47.51), 200 IM (1:51.55), and 400 IM (3:57.93).
He had a busy summer competing at the Virginia Swimming Senior Championships, Richmond Futures and Speedo Summer Championships-East. At the LSC meet, he came away with new LCM times in the 50 free, 100 breast, and 200 breast. He earned a PB in the 400m IM (4:40.28) with his 21st-place finish at Richmond Futures. And at Summer Champs, he notched PBs in the 200m back (2:06.42) and 200 IM (2:10.51) and finaled in the 100 back (23rd) and 200 back (26th).
Georgia has also received verbal commitments from Charlie Stout, Cooper Cook, Kristian Pitshugin, Matt Sates, and Sam Kohm for the class of 2026. Whetstine will join a back/IM group led by current junior Ian Grum, Bradley Dunham, and Charlie Logan, all of whom will be seniors when Whetstine begins. He’ll also train with IMers Luca Urlando, Zach Franklin, and Connor Haigh.
Top SCY times:
- 100 back – 49.45
- 200 back – 1:47.51
- 50 back – 23.51
- 200 IM – 1:51.55
- 400 IM – 3:57.93
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