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Billy Jones of the Bolles School Sharks has chosen to stay local, joining the University of Florida Gators for this coming fall. Jones is a senior with Stanton College Prep.
“I chose the University of Florida because it has the best academic and athletic programs available. I wanted to be a part of its tradition of excellence.”
- 50y free – 20.92
- 100y free – 45.80
- 200y free – 1:41.55
- 50y back 22.78
- 100y back – 51.13
- 100y fly – 48.25
- 200y fly – 1:49.41
- 200y IM – 1:50.64
At the 2019 FHSAA 2A Championships in November, Jones won the 100 fly title with a best time of 48.49. He was also the 200 IM runner-up (1:50.64), led off their 200 medley relay (23.13), and led off their 400 free relay (46.59). Jones is pretty versatile; he’s a strong sprint butterflier and freestyler, but he’s also a capable sprint backstroker and IM’er.
The Gators are about to graduate Dakota Mahaffey, who has led off their medley relays this season. In fly, top sprint butterfliers Maxime Rooney and Kacper Stokowski (both men were very impactful sprint freestylers and Stokowski a backstroker, too) transferred out after last season, but sophomore Willie Davis returns after going 45.99 in the 100 last year. Additionally, German national Eric Friese leads the team at 46.39 this year as a freshman.
Jones will get two seasons with Davis and three with Friese. He’ll also get two seasons with Kieran Smith, a phenomenal freestyler/IMer who was the Gators’ 200 medley relay fly leg (20.62) at NCAAs.
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— Gators Swimming & Diving (@GatorsSwimDv) December 2, 2019
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