Drew Hitchcock, #4 In Class of 2024, Announces Commitment To Georgia

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Drew Hitchcock, the #4 ranked recruit in the boys’ high school class of 2024, has announced his commitment to the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

Hitchcock announced the news on Instagram Monday, specifically thanking UGA coach Neil Versfeld, who took over the men’s program this season following the retirement of Jack Bauerle.

“I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Georgia! I would like to thank Coach Neil Versfeld for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank Coaches Flack, Pittman, and Jolley along with my family, friends and teammates for supporting me along the way. I could not be more excited to be a Bulldawg! Go Dawgs🐶🔴⚫️!!!!”


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Hitchcock is arguably the best medley swimmer in the class, owning the top time in the 200 IM (1:46.30) and the second-fastest in the 400 IM (3:47.29). That fits right into a UGA program that has consistently churned out world-class IMers, including the reigning Olympic gold and silver medalists in the 400 IM, Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland.

He’s also strong in the 200 fly, owning a best time of 1:44.81 which is three-tenths shy of the top time in the class, belonging to Cooper Lucas. Lucas, the #2 recruit in the class, announced his commitment to Texas on Sunday, and #5 Lucca Battaglini is headed to Cal, meaning three of the top five have already committed as of early October (and seven of the top 12).

Hitchcock is a product of Baylor Swim Club and the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

His best times in all of his primary events stem from the 2022 NCSA Spring Championships this past March, where he won the 400 IM (3:47.29), placed second in the 200 fly (1:44.81) and then topped the ‘B’ final of the 200 IM (1:46.30) in a time that would’ve been fourth in the championship heat.

As a high school sophomore last season, Hitchcock won the 200 IM at the TISCA State Championships in February (1:48.03) and was the runner-up in the 100 fly (47.82).

Best Times (SCY):

  • 400 IM: 3:47.29
  • 200 IM: 1:46.30 (best in class)
  • 200 fly: 1:44.81
  • 100 fly: 47.61
  • 200 back: 1:45.41
  • 200 free: 1:39.36
  • 100 back: 51.65

In the long course pool, Hitchcock had a real breakout summer in 2022 as he notched monstrous best times at the U.S. Junior National Championships in early August. The 17-year-old placed second in the 400 IM (4:22.29), fifth in the 200 IM (2:03.12), 15th in the 200 fly (2:01.57) and 30th in the 100 fly (55.15).

In addition to Lucas and Battaglini, #7 Carter Lancaster (Cal), #10 Chase Swearingen (Kentucky), #11 Nolan Dunkel (NC State) and #12 Matt Marsteiner (NC State) are the other highly-ranked recruits who have already announced their collegiate commitments for 2024.

Georgia has picked up one top 20 recruit in each of the two previous classes, #18 (re-rank) Sam Powe is joining the Bulldogs this season (class of ’22), and #19 in the class of ’23 Tristan DenBrok is committed for next year.

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3 months ago

Not hating, great school and great pickup! Congrats to Drew and best of luck!

I’m curious though if anyone has thoughts on why Tennessee never gets recruits from Baylor. They’re producing at least one elite prospect each cycle if not more. I know Chattanooga isn’t Knoxville, but it’s hard to grow up in East Tennessee without being a Vol fan. Surprised there haven’t been at least one or two over the last couple of years who decided to stay close to home. On the contrary, feels like almost the entire state of Texas stays home either at the other UT or TAMU. I know Tennessee men aren’t on the same level as Texas, but both men and women are… Read more »

Reply to  VFL
3 months ago

A pretty decent amount of Baylor’s successful swimmers are not from Tennessee. They come in high school as boarders. Their last truly elite home grown male was Sam McHugh in 2014, who did go to Tennessee. To your point though, the club’s last two home grown elite swimmers have been Ellie Waldrep (Auburn) and Cecilia Porter (Florida), I guess they just preferred I better shade of Orange 😉
Long story short, when your High School runs effectively like a JuCo and you bring in fast kids from across the world, you send them back out across the country for college.

Reply to  WEA
3 months ago

Whatever happened to Porter? She didn’t last long at Florida it seems

Reply to  VFL
3 months ago

That’s a great question! It might just be wanting to get away for college. No offense to the state of Tennessee – but most people who live there growing up tend to leave state once they have the choice to.

Reply to  DrooPeacock
3 months ago

I think you’re gonna want to check your facts. 71% of people born in Tennessee stay in Tennessee (that stat is from 2012… the most recent year I could find). And actually in 2020, it ranked 7th on states that people were moving in to. Don’t hate on the state….. some people would just rather not go to UT.

Reply to  WEA
3 months ago

Not sure if 71% of people born in Tennessee staying in Tennessee is high, low, good, or bad…

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

13th highest of all states, low cost of living, GDP per capita has risen over $1000 dollars over the past 2 years which is faster than the national average. It is definitely high, would take some real work and opinionated thinking to deem it good or bad. But the point remains that it’s factually inaccurate to say that people born in the state tend to leave when they get the chance.

Reply to  VFL
3 months ago

Tennessee men came in 18th last year, 82 points away from 10th place

Uga fan
3 months ago

Big things coming for the dawgs

Reply to  Uga fan
3 months ago

yes,,,,there going to class

3 months ago

Go Dawgs!!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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