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Recent high school graduate Arie Voloschin has changed his verbal commitment from the University of Cincinnati to the University of Georgia. He will take a gap year and enroll at Georgia next fall as a member of Georgia’s class of 2025.
Voloschin says that he chose to make a change for personal reasons, including to stay closer to home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“I loved the team and school at Cincinnati, but I needed to make a decision to stay closer to home,” Voloschin told SwimSwam.
Voloschin, a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American at the Dynamo Swim Club, committed to Cincinnati in January of this year. His commitment was a huge coup for the Bearcats, and as he improved, it loomed even larger. His current best time of 54.57 in the 100 breaststroke already would have ranked him 4th in school history before even arriving on campus, and he has the sprint freestyle times to be an immediate-impact four relay contributor.
Since his commitment, between the Georgia high school season and Winter Juniors, Voloschin has been on a tear. In February, he became the Georgia 4A-5A High School State Champion in the 100 free. He was disqualified in finals of the 100 breaststroke after touching first in 54.09 for a double kick on his pullout.
He also took a big bite out of his best time in the 200 breaststroke, dropping three-and-a-half seconds to give him more diverse event options.
Voloschin’s Best Times
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Voloshin’s best 100 breaststroke time in long course is 1:04.33, and he’s been 24.0/52.9 in the 50 and 100 meter freestyles, respectively.
He’ll help bolster one of Georgia’s lowest-scoring groups at last year’s SEC Championships. Jack Dalmolin, then a junior, was the bright spot for the Bulldogs, finishing 11th in the 100 breast (52.85) and 7th in the 200 breast (1:53.94).
Georgia has 2 breaststrokers coming in as part of their next 2 recruiting classes to replace Demolin, who is scheduled to exhaust his eligibility in the 2020-2021 season. Connor Haigh will join the Bulldogs this fall (55.17/2:00.75), while Jackson Bates is due to arrive with Voloschin in the fall of 2021 (56.21/2:01.20).
That breaststroke group will be training under one of the best breaststrokers in school history, NCAA Champion Neil Versfeld. Versfeld rejoined the program as an assistant coach prior to last season.
Georgia also had the last-place 400 free relay at last year’s SEC Championship meet, and Voloschin’s best times could immediately slot him onto Georgia’s sprint free relays, though the program is improving in that department thanks to the likes of freshman Dillon Downing.
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