Florida Men Add Jordanian Record-Holder Amro Al-Wir to Incoming Class

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Amro Al-Wir, the Jordanian national record-holder in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events, will join the Florida men in their incoming class.


  • 50 breast – 28.83 / 25.07
  • 100 breast – 1:02.45 / 54.45
  • 200 breast – 2:14.82 / 1:57.85

Al-Wir has competed at two World Championships already, in Budapest in 2017 and then in Gwangju last summer. In 2017, he placed 36th in the 200 breast and 61st in the 100 breast. In 2019, he was 35th in the 200 and 50th in the 100. He has also competed at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and the 2019 World Junior Championships, finishing 13th in the 100 breast after making it to the semifinals.

Most equipped in the 200 distance, Al-Wir will replenish a Florida breaststroke group that was very strong last season but was hit by big graduations. Rising junior Dillon Hillis had a big sophomore season, dropping from 52.3 in the 100 breast as a freshman to a 51.4 to take third at 2020 SECs. But the Gators just graduated Marco Guarante (51.8/1:53.3), Grant Sanders (52.9/1:52.4) and Chandler Bray (52.6 in HS/1:55.1), leaving a ton of gaps in what was a formidable BR squad.

Al-Wir will fit in well to help replace those losses in a Hillis-led group which will also return rising sophomore Kevin Vargas. More of a distance freestyler and IMer, Vargas swam the 200 breast at SECs last year and placed 18th with a 1:56.62.

With his converted time, Al-Wir would’ve scored in the 200 breast C-final last season at SECs and he would’ve just missed the 100 breast C-final. He joins Adam ChaneyBrendan PeacockCaleb KravitzJace CrawfordMitchell MeyerTrevor McGovernTyson Upton, Nick Eunice, Wesley Hyde, John Van Deusen, and William Jones in their class of 2024 along with transfers Erik Harper (Hawaii) and Anton Svirskyi (St. Peter’s).

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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