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The University of Florida has earned its first verbal from the high school class of 2022 with in-state sprinter Dawson Joyce. A rising junior at Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla., Joyce trains with the Florida State University Club.
I’d like to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the University of Florida. I would like to thank Coach Tony Ackerson, teammates, family, and friends who have helped me through this journey. #GoGators🐊
It’s obviously quite early in the 2022 recruiting game, and male sprinters are rarely at their top high school speeds as rising high school juniors (especially with pandemic affecting many 2020 winter and spring championships), but Joyce is the #1 50 freestyler in the class right now.
TOP TIMES (SCY)
- 50 free – 20.17
- 100 free – 44.70
- 50 back – 23.43
- 100 back – 51.63
- 50 fly – 22.71
- 100 fly – 51.40
Joyce’s obvious strength comes as a pure sprinter, with the 50 free being his most valuable event right now. He’s shown speed in back and fly, though his bests in those events are from 2018 when he was either 14 or 15 years old.
At the 2019 Florida 4A high school championships, then-sophomore Joyce won state titles in the 50 and 100 free, hitting lifetime bests in both. He also led off Seminole’s state title-earning 200 free relay with a 20.31 and split a 19.93 on the anchor leg of their title-earning 200 medley relay. Joyce successfully defended his titles in both races from the 2018 meet, when he won in 20.34 and 45.12, respectively, as a freshman.
Last summer in long course, Joyce won Florida Senior Champs titles in the 50 free (23.75), 50 back (28.07) and 50 fly (25.87).
Florida’s sprint group is led by rising junior Will Davis (19.2/43.5 last season), rising sophomore Eric Friese (19.5/43.0) and rising junior Kieran Smith (42.1). Davis and Friese also lead the sprint fly group; Davis was 45.7 last year in the 100 fly and Friese 45.9.
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