The class of 2011 that the Georgia men have signed is reaching elite territory, as it now can be fairly discussed amongst the greatest classes of all time (at least, on paper). The latest addition is of Turkish National Record holder Ediz Yildirimer.
Yildirimer currently trains with the Woodlands Swim Team in north Houston and attends John Cooper High School as a foreign exchange student.
He is another distance swimmer added to Georgia’s distance group which is probably already the best in the country top-to-bottom (William Freeman, Martin Grodzki, and Andrew Gemmell are all top-8 candidates and all underclassmen). Yildirimer’s yards-best times are 4:24.22 in the 500 and 15:03.66 in the 1650. The latter of those times would have been right on the cusp of scoring points at NCAA’s last year.
In long course meters, he’s gone an 8:00 in the 800 and a 15:25 in the 1500, and those two events have been his bread-and-butter internationally. He’s won the last two European Junior Championships in the 800 and bronzes in the last two 1500’s.
With this signing meaning that they will have 4 All-American-caliber distance swimmers on deck, this implies that another Georgia recruit, Matias Koski, will probably lean towards the shorter freestyles. He’s the most versatile freestyle recruit we’ve seen in years, and will probably have a schedule of 100-200-500.