Another Sweeney (Devan) Commits to SEC Athletics

by Eli Noblitt 3

October 20th, 2016 College, College Recruiting, News, SEC

Devan Sweeney has made her verbal commitment to swim for the University of Missouri Tigers as part of the Class of 2021. Devan is the fifth consecutive Sweeney to commit to an SEC athletic program (4 out of 5 have been swimmers), but is forging her own path in committing to Mizzou.

She announced her commitment via Twitter:


Oldest sister Allyson Sweeney swam for Texas A&M, brothers Conor and Aidan Sweeney swam for Georgia, brother Keenan currently plays football for Auburn, and younger sisters Tegan and Reagan have yet to commit, but are also competitive swimmers. Devan’s dad, John Sweeney, played football at Notre Dame.

Devan swims for Swim Atlanta and Brookwood High School, which are the respective club and high school teams of Olympian Amanda Weir. Devan has won the last three consecutive GHSA 6A state titles in the 200 IM, and will be looking for a four-peat as a senior. At this past year’s GHSA state championship meet, Devan broke Weir’s school record in the 100 fly (54.52), which qualified as an automatic All-American time.

Devan is probably the most well-rounded Sweeney swimmer to date. She qualified for this summer’s Olympic Trials in the 400 IM (along with older brother Aidan), but she is also strong in the individual fly and back events.

Her best times are:

Event  Time (SCY) Time (LCM)
100 Back  55.79  1:06.34
200 Back  1:58.82  2:20.67
100 Fly  54.52  1:03.58
200 Fly 1:58.83  2:16.01
200 IM  2:01.66  2:22.98
400 IM  4:14.98  4:54.15

With one more full season to train before heading to Columbia, Missouri, Devan could easily be a point-scorer as a freshman. Her contributions will help the Mizzou women’s team continue trending upward. Last season the program sent a record 7 individuals to NCAAs and had their highest finish in school history (11th). Devan will have one year to train alongside Mizzou’s top IMer, Sharli Brady, and three years to train with Peruvian butterflier, Azra Avdic.

Devan’s current best times would rank her 4th in the 200 fly and 4th in the 400 IM on Mizzou’s list of top all-time performers. At the 2016 SEC Championships, Devan’s times would have placed her in the B Final of the 400 IM and the C Final of the 200 Fly.

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email to [email protected].

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That sure is an athletic family, I’m sure she will excel there! Great school.

T Hill

Great family and happy to seeing them succeed in life !


Go Sweeney clan!