Euro Juniors 50 Free Champ Giovanni Izzo Verbally Commits to NC State

Anne Lepesant
by Anne Lepesant 25

September 07th, 2016 News

The famed Wolfpack sprint group will get even stronger next year, as Italian sprinter Giovanni Izzo has made a verbal commitment to join the North Carolina State men’s swimming and diving team beginning in the fall of 2017.

Izzo, who swims for Imolanuoto, finished 2016 with the #1 worldwide ranking for juniors (men born in 1998 and later) in the 50 free, having gone 22.09 and won the event at the 43th Arena European Junior Swimming in Hodmezovasarhel, Hungary on July 10. That represents a drop of 7/10 in a year, given that Izzo finished third at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore with 22.78.

His times this summer include:

  LCM SCY (using our Speedo Time Converter)
50m free 22.09 19.18
100m free 49.53 43.18
100m breast 1:03.23 55.16
100m fly 54.89 48.18

Had Izzo swum at the 2016 ACC Championships and gone his best times converted, he would have qualified third for finals in the 50 free behind only NC State Olympians Simonas Bilis and Ryan Held, and would have come in 3/10 ahead of teammate Joseph Bonk. In the 100 free he would have qualified seventh, and been the fifth NC State swimmer in that A final. His 100 fly would have given him a second swim as well, this time in the C final.

NC State’s recruiting efforts have already paid off handsomely this season. In addition to Izzo, the Wolfpack have received verbal commitments from Daniel Forndal, Luke Sobolewski, and Ray Van Deusen.

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Wow… Just wow…


Graduate bilis brings in tons of other good swimmers nc state is really on the map now


Also does this guy beat out Luke Percy for fastest long course swimmer transferring to NCAA?


It did not do Luke any good at all.


Did the Greek swimmer join the team? Didn’t see him on the roster for this year!


Olympics postponed start I’m guessing on the Greek. NC state with 4 very solid recruits so far. Not sure why anyone is suprised at this point. Clearly a top 5 program if not top 3


Agree with you. Very solid is an understatement.

Big Time

Vasaliki Baka is the sprinter from Greece that joined this year. Great pickup for the PACK.




She is on the roster. Was thinking about Andreas Vazaios

Ct swim fan

I seem to recall that he is a bit older and there is some question about how many years of eligibility he will have.

Big Time

Whoops yes- was thinking about Andreas too.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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