Canadian Jr Pan Pac Team Member James Guest Verbally Commits To Georgia

James Guest, one of the top breaststroke recruits out of Canada, gave his verbal commitment to swim for the University of Georgia Bulldogs starting next fall where he’ll fit in with their 2014-2015 freshman class which is full of breaststroke and IM swimmers.

Guest represented Canada this summer at the 2014 Jr Pan Pacs and came away with a fifth place finish in the 100 breast and a sixth place finish in the 200. Guest has had success in multiple Canadian competitions and is just beginning to head out into the international scene.

Prior to the Jr Pan Pacs, Guest earned himself four medals at the Canadian Age Group Championships taking gold in the 100 breast, silver in the 50 and 200, and a bronze in the 400 IM. Those performances backed up the silver he earned at the Canadian Senior Nationals just a little while beforehand where he finished second in the 200 breaststroke.

Guest boasts a 1:02.79 100m breaststroke in the long course pool as well as a 2:15.21 200. His 50 is also quick standing at 29.14. When converted, those times prove to be competitive college times as his 100 converts to a 54.76, his 200 a 1:58.20.

Based on times from last year it would take a 52-low and a 1:54-low in order to get a second swim at NCAAs.

Although those times wouldn’t score at the NCAA Championships, Guest has been on a fast track of improvement. Currently, the majority of his best times were set last season including best times in all three breaststroke disciplines.

With Georgia breaststroker Nic Fink gone after this season, Guest’s improvement will be crucial to identifying himself as one of the top breaststrokers in the program. It will be bulldog eat bulldog to grab the breaststroke position with lots of viable options, so Guest will need to be on his game if he wants a chance.

Heading into his collegiate career, Guest will be right in the mix in the Georgia training groups which will help him continue his overall improvement. Currently there are multiple swimmers there who swim both the breaststroke and IM events which will create a very competitive environment for Guest.

With all the success he’s already had, he’ll fit in well to the storied program at Georgia.

Guest’s Best Times

                           LCM                         SCM                             SCY CONVERSION

50 Br                29.14                          28.79                                   25.03

100 Br              1:02.79                      1:01.35                                 54.76

200 Br             2:15.21                       2:11.31                                 1:58.20

400 IM            4:31.35                      4:19.16                                 3:53.47


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5 years ago

Welcome to UGA James!!! Such a great get!! Haas is next!!! GO DAWGS!!!

5 years ago

Stud. Big get.

M Palota
5 years ago

Always a little worried when an athlete leaves Canada.

He’s a hell of a talent and is definitely in the mix as a future National Team member. Sometimes – not always – that progression gets sidetracked when a kid goes stateside.

Reply to  M Palota
5 years ago

Honestly, with the direction CIS swimming is going, I’d have to encourage anyone that is as quick as him to head to the states. Georgia trumps any Canadian school in terms of swimming by a miles. Even with the national training centers greatly helping certain schools.

Hoping he’ll give Richard Funk a run for his money for the 2016 Olympic spot.

M Palota
Reply to  Rich
5 years ago

Won’t disagree that, on aggregate, the programmes in the US are better. UBC and UofT hold their own against anybody but there is a precipitous drop from there… And the academic entrance requirements at both schools are very high.

There is a mismatch, though, in terms of timing with NCAA Champs often conflicting with selection meets here. It’s bit a few kids in the behind in the past.

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