British Sprinter Lewis Burras To Transfer to South Carolina

by Robert Gibbs 13

January 29th, 2019 ACC, College, News, SEC, Transfers

British sprinter Lewis Burras, who swam for UVA in the fall, but departed the school mid-season, announced today that he will be transferring to the University of South Carolina and start competing with the Gamecocks in the fall of 2019.

“I’m super excited about this move and really feel like I’ve found not only the right university but a swim team I can call family” Burras told SwimSwam today.

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It might be a little strong to say that Burras will be a game changer for South Carolina, but he definitely projects to make an immediate impact. He didn’t swim at at the UGA Invite which served as UVA’s fall taper meet, so we didn’t get a chance to see him at his peak. Yet, his times of 20.40 and 44.70 would’ve ranked top ten in the SEC during the months of September and October. With a taper and a tech suit, it’s reasonable to assume that Burras is at least capable of breaking 20.0 and 44.0, and should score at the SEC Championships.

The Gamecocks have been more of a distance-oriented team as of late, and didn’t have any men score in the sprint freestyles at last year’s SEC Championships. They came close, with AJ Ross placing 26th in the 50 free prelims with a 20.10 and Patrick McCrillis finishing 36th in the 100 free with a time of 44.69.

McCrill has graduated, and South Carolina’s fastest sprinter so far this year, Caleb Tosh (20.14/44.56), is currently a senior, meaning that Burras could quickly find himself as the fastest sprint freestyler on South Carolina’s roster.

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Reid
2 years ago

Weird choice

Zambezi
Reply to  Reid
2 years ago

Yeah…

WOLF
Reply to  Reid
2 years ago

Got scared of racing against real sprinters in the ACC

Humilityworks
Reply to  Reid
2 years ago

A bit smug looking… cocky, wouldn’t you say?

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  Humilityworks
2 years ago

Probably why he chose UVA the first time around. He felt at ease around a group of like minded people.

Crusty
2 years ago

Has to be a lot more going on to this story. UVA is vastly superior to South Carolina as s spring swim program and a school

Go Cocks!
Reply to  Crusty
2 years ago

Scar now has 3 intl under 23.0 lcm coming in next fall. Looks like they’re switching gears for some much needed relay points.
Great addition and definitely a core to build from.

Hmmm.....
Reply to  Crusty
2 years ago

Also pretty good in the winter too

2 Cents
Reply to  Crusty
2 years ago

I think you answered your own question. If swimming wasn’t the problem it has to be the school. My guess is the academic rigor at SC is not the same as it is at VA.

2015ALUM
Reply to  2 Cents
2 years ago

True, as swimming and school are the only two things that a collegiate swimmer has affecting their lives

2 Cents
Reply to  2015ALUM
2 years ago

Sounds like sarcasm… but it really is. Or at least 90% of their lives while they are enrolled.

scullingonmyfront
2 years ago

This was quick decision. That other article about him leaving UVA was less than 3 weeks ago. Is it possible for you to speak to a different school before leaving ?

collegeswimmer
Reply to  scullingonmyfront
2 years ago

As long as you inform the coach your request to transfer.