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David Gapinski from St. Johns, Florida has made a verbal commitment to the Georgia Institute of Technology for the 2021-22 school year. A rising senior at Creekside High School, he swims year-round for Loggerhead Aquatics and specializes in butterfly and freestyle.
Gapinski finaled in both the 200 free (13th) and 100 fly (13th) at the Florida High School 4A Swimming and Diving Championships in November, earning a PB in the latter. At the Gator Swim Club Holiday Classic a month later, he notched lifetime bests in the 50/200 free while winning the 100 free and 200 free, and finishing second in the 50 free and 200 fly and third in the 100 fly.
“I am beyond excited to announce my commitment to study and swim at the Georgia Institute of Technology! I would like thank my parents for being my biggest supporters, Andrew and Anna for always inspiring me, all my coaches past and present for believing in me, and my teammates who push me every day to be the best that I can be. I can’t wait for this next chapter in my life, Go Jackets!!!”
Gapinski competed at USA Swimming Futures in Greensboro last summer. He came in 11th in the 200 fly and picked up new times in the 100m free (55.03), 200m free (1:58.99), 100m fly (57.68), and 200m fly (2:08.28).
Top SCY times:
- 200 free – 1:42.54
- 100 free – 46.93
- 50 free – 21.60
- 200 fly – 1:51.48*
- 100 fly – 50.88*
*During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, after his taper meets were canceled, at an unofficial/unsanctioned time trial he achieved best times in the 100 and 200 Fly. He achieved his 1st Junior National Time Standard in the 200 fly at this time trial. If official the time would qualify David for Junior Nationals
Gapinski will suit up for the Yellow Jackets as a member of the geographically-diverse class of 2025 that also includes verbal commits Antonio Romero, Berke Saka, Josh Hanks, Leandro Odorici, Matt Steele, and Mert Kilavuz. By the time he arrives in Atlanta, Georgia Tech will have graduated their top 200 flyer/200 free specialists from 2019-20: Christian Ferraro (1:42.42/1:38.53), Clay Hering (1:44.53/1:37.28), and Tim Slanschek (1:44.96 fly). Dylan Scott (1:37.51 free) and Daniel Kertesz (1:37.85 free) will still be on the roster, though, and should lead a strong training group for Gapinski.
Outside of his competitive training, Gapinski has been actively involved in several community service programs. That includes serving as a volunteer swim instructor as part of his work with the Shawn D. Delfius Foundation, which include collecting caps and goggles to provide to the children and adults who received free lessons as part of the program.
He has also done work as a staff member at the Bartam Trail Performing Arts Camp, a Swim America Instructor, and as a volunteer with several other programs.
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