New Canaan High School senior Edward Rudman has given a verbal commitment to the University of Virginia for the 2017-18 season.
“UVA is an up and coming team and is just going to be better and I’m very excited to become a part of that growth.”
Rudman is the reigning Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference 50 free champion in the open division, having won the event by 8/10 with 20.43. He also finished fourth in the 100 back and anchored New Canaan’s 200 medley and 200 free relays. He split 20.08 at the end of the medley and a super swift 19.73 at the end of the free relay.
Rudman also swims for New Canaan YMCA Caimans. At the 2016 YMCA Long Course National Championships this past summer he placed fourth in the 50 free, going 23.94 for a personal-best by more than 4/10, and cracking the 24-second bar for the first time. At the same meet he took 3 full seconds off his 100 free time, rocketing into the B final from heat 2 (he had qualified for the event in SCY).
Rudman made similar improvements in short course season, dropping 1.3 seconds in his 50 free, 2.7 seconds in his 100 free, and nearly 9 seconds in his 200 free. He also improved significantly in the backstroke events. His top times are:
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