After Ten Best Times During Pandemic, Peter Sacca Verbals to Georgia for 2021

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Fast-improving sprinter Peter Sacca has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Georgia class of 2025. Sacca trains with Spartans Aquatic Club in Norcross, Ga.

I’m super excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study as a BULLDOG!! I’d like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for helping me on this journey #godawgs🐾


  • 50 free – 20.34
  • 100 free – 45.32
  • 100 back – 50.47
  • 100 fly – 48.68
  • 200 fly – 1:52.19
  • 200 IM – 1:50.88

Sacca has had a remarkable improvement arc since the pandemic hit the United States in March and pools shuttered across the country, forcing swimmers to try to access private pools, purchase endless pools, do open water training and otherwise attempt creative workarounds.

He has gone lifetime bests on ten different occasions between two Spartans Aquatic Club intrasquad meets: five at their July intrasquad, the return to racing post-shutdown, and five this past weekend at their August intrasquad.

Here’s a breakdown of his progression:

Event Pre-Pandemic July Intrasquad
August Intrasquad
50 free 21.05 20.73 20.34
100 free 47.57 45.32
100 back 51.75 50.47
100 fly 49.5 48.96 48.68
200 fly 1:53.98 1:52.19
200 IM 1:53.78 1:52.04 1:50.88

Georgia only had one swimmer under 20.0 in the 50 free and 44.0 in the 100 free last year in rising sophomore Dillon Downing (19.32/43.09). Top butterflier Camden Murphy, 45.36/1:40.93 last season, has one year of eligibility left with Georgia.

Sacca is the latest addition to a huge class of 2025 so far for the Bulldogs, which includes Arie Voloschin, Keegan Streett, Reese BranzellTJ PittengerHenre LouwJackson BatesMitchell NortonRyan WylieSam ParkerBrennan Cheney and Zach Kohm.

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1 year ago

Meanwhile many teams across the country can barely train and haven’t had a meet since the end of February. I hope recruiters realize this and take a chance on kids.

Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Very true. Especially in the northeast where the pandemic is being handled best… no meets but kids are definitely improving.

Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Peter didn’t get to train much in the traditional way, either. He trained his strength and went to the pool whenever he could find one open.

GA Boy
1 year ago

Hard work paying off for peter! One of the more committed swimmers in the state! This is what happens when you buy in and stick with it!

Inclusive Parent
1 year ago

Great couple meets for him. And fantastic job bringing it home to gain the admiration of the Dawgs. Congrats on the offer, and great pick up for Ga.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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