2016 Olympian Brandonn Almeida, from Sao Paolo, Brazil, has verbally committed to swim for the University of South Carolina in 2017-18.
“I am thrilled to announce that I have committed to the University of South Carolina due to the great combination of athletics and academics. The coaching staff really reached out to me and made me feel at home. I am excited to see what I can do once I join the program. The team is also incredible and supportive and I have already talked to most of the swimmers. It is a tight group of guys. I am looking forward to joining one of the best training teams in the USA. Go Cocks
Almeida competed in the 400m IM and 1500m free at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He first represented Brazil in international competition at the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, where he placed ninth in the 400 IM, 10th in the 800 free, and 15th in both the 400/1500 freestyles. At the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Almeida won the 400m IM and broke the Junior World Record with a time of 4:14.47.
He was recently named to the Brazilian squad for the 2016 Short Course World Championships that will take place in December in Windsor, Canada.
Almeida’s top times (converted using our Speedo Time Converter) are:
The Gamecocks finished seventh at the 2016 SEC Championships, about 170 points out of sixth behind Tennessee. Almeida will bring instant points at the conference level, giving South Carolina a potential boost in the standings. Already he would be an A-finalist in the 400 IM (he would have scored 4th at 2016 SECs) and 1650 (5th), and a C-finalist in the 500 free. Current juniors Akaram Mahmoud and Tom Peribonio will provide an excellent training group for Almeida when he arrives in Columbia; they were both top-8 finishers in the 500/1650, and Peribonio was also an A-finalist in the 400 IM.
AJ Ross has also verbally committed to the University of South Carolina class of 2021.
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