Euro Juniors Finalist Panagiotis Bolanos Headed to UNLV for 2019-20

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Greek National Teamer Panagiotis Bolanos has committed to swim for University of Nevada at Las Vegas beginning in the fall of 2019. There he will join Cameron Castro, Christopher Mykkanen, Jacob Keller, James Tarquin, Ogi Maric, and Reece Hemmens in the class of 2023.

“UNLV represents a great opportunity for me to develop at a higher level Athletically and Academically.  Its swimming program and especially the relation I developed with the Coaches made me feel very welcomed and confident about my future swimming.  On the Academic part I was attracted by the fact that UNLV has one of the TOP Ranking Globally Hospitality Programs.  I would like to thank my Coach here in Greece and my Parents for all their support and encouragement since my early days in swimming.  However pursuing opportunities in USA could not have been possible for me without the help, guidance and effectiveness of HELLENIC AQUATICS who played and pivotal role in coordinating with UNLV the planning and execution of the prerequisites and all other tasks.  I am thrilled in moving to Las Vegas next month and looking forward to work hard with my Coaches and Teammates at UNLV.”

Bolanos has been a National Age Group record-holder in backstroke and a member of Greece’s National Junior Team and has represented his country internationally since 2016. He was a finalist in the 200m backstroke and a semi-finalist in the 50m and 100m backstrokes at 2017 LEN European Junior Swimming Championships. Later that summer he competed at 2017 FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis. Bolanos also swam at Multinations Junior Meet, Gymnasiade, and Euro Juniors in 2018 and at International Swim Meet in Glasgow this summer. His best LCM times (converted to SCY) are:

  • 50 back – 26.07 (22.94)
  • 100 back – 55.70 (49.09)
  • 200 back – 2:01.27 (1:47.09)

Bolanos would have been the Rebels’ third-fastest 100- and 200-backstroker this past season, and will overlap three years with Hayden Cornellison (48.97/1:46.07) and a year with Hayden Hemmens (51.45/1:45.84).

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3 years ago

Conversions seem slow. At winter juniors over 30 swimmers were under the conversion time. At summer juniors there were 2 under his actual time.

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