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Sebastien Sergile from SwimAtlanta has verbally committed to swim for the University of Virginia. Sergile was the top remaining uncommitted boy in the high school senior class and is ranked as the #6 recruit overall in the class of 2022.
Sergile rapidly climbed the rankings during his junior year of high school, where he won Georgia 6A State Championships in both the 200 yard free (1:35.36) and 500 yard free (4:23.30). Those times were both huge drops off the 1:39.9 and 4:31.4 with which he placed 2nd as a sophomore in 2020.
His big short course drops were followed by long course drops as well. He was 1:56.88 in the summer of 2019 in the 200 free, for example, and after no official long course meets in 2020, he improved to 1:52.36 at the Speedo Summer Championships – East site in August. That placed him 7th.
He was also 3rd at that meet in the 200 fly in 1:59.63, which was more than a two-second drop from his previous best at the 2020 U.S. Open in November.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 20.66
- 100 free – 44.31
- 200 free – 1:35.13
- 500 free – 4:23.30
- 1000 free – 9:21.28
- 1650 free – 15:32.55
- 200 back – 1:46.98
- 200 fly – 1:44.05
- 200 IM – 1:47.71
- 400 IM – 3:49.25
Sergile raced the 200 fly at Wave 1 of the US Olympic Trials, where he placed 3rd in finals to miss advancing to Wave 2 by one spot.
Sergile is the second member of the class of 2022 top 20 to announce a commitment to Virginia, joining backstroke and distance freestyler Braeden Haughey. That class also includes Kamal Muhammad, who is reclassified from the class of 2021 but would be a top 10 commit in the class of 2022. It’s a small class for the Cavaliers, with only 2 graduating seniors, but it’s a class that should make an immediate impact at the national level.
The Cavalier women are the defending NCAA Champions, and while the mens’ team hasn’t had the same breakthrough toward dominance, they are slowly climbing the national rankings as well. They finished 9th at the 2021 NCAA Championship meet, which was their best finish since placing 8th at the 2011 championship.
Sergile is also a three-time member of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America team.
Sebastien’s father Alain represented Haiti at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where he finished 56th.
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