Florida State Picks Up Verbal from German Record-holder Peter Varjasi

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Peter Varjasi from Erlangen, Germany has committed to swim for Florida State University beginning in the fall of 2019. Varjasi was a member of the German record-breaking 400 mixed medley relay at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Helsinki last summer. He teamed up with Rafael Miroslaw, Isabel Gose and Maya Tobehn to improve the German Senior National Record by 0.02 seconds while earning a silver medal, just 23/100 behind Russia. His lead-off 100 free of 49.45 was a personal best. He also won a silver medal as part of Germany’s men’s 4×100 medley relay and a bronze on the men’s 4×100 free relay. Individually, Varjasi placed 11th in semi-finals of the 50 free (23.01) and 7th in the finals of the 100 free (50.15) at European Juniors.

Varjasi also represented Germany at European Championships in Glasgow last summer. He split 49.17 as the third leg on the German 4×100 free relay that finished 7th in finals. At German Junior Nationals he won the 50 fly and placed 5th in the 100 free.

Top times (converted to SCY):

  • 100 SCM breast – 1:00.58 (54.57)
  • 200 LCM breast – 2:22.20 (2:02.70)
  • 50 SCM free – 21.98 (19.80)
  • 100 LCM free – 49.45 (43.10)
  • 200 LCM IM – 2:05.76(1:50.41)
  • 400 LCM IM – 4:36.33 (4:03.18)

Varjasi will suit up with fellow class of 2019 commits Aziz Ghaffari, Cameron Taddonio, Nick Vance, and Noah Young in September.

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Go ‘Noles! Who wouldn’t want to be able to swim outside year-round?


At a golf course….miles away haha


Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for a great tan, yo.

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Me… It is still super cold in Jan/Feb for AM practices but I know they would go inside then… and sorry I know a lot of people do like to swim outside, but you asked.


Granted. My kids are used to swimming outside year round in a similar climate as Tally…that’s what heaters are for!. They enjoy training in fresh air, and willingly endure the dozen or so times a year that the morning temps are below 40.

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Dang, this is a HUGE!! This guy is FAST!! That 100 Free time is with what I’m most impressed. Will he have all 4 years of eligibility? Also, just a side note… with all those other super fast times, why not leave off the 400IM one??

Sometimes a slow time can be as relevant as a fast time. It answers the question of “he’s a great 200 IMer, what can he do in the 400 IM?”

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Okay…. but it only serves a purpose if it is the 3rd event…. or an event that is swum in a relay. You could go back and list Lily King as a recruit with all her great times but then a 24.4 as her 50 free time, or a 58.9 in the 100 fly…. again, why would you do that? Neither is her 3rd event and those are both pretty bad times for a top level recruit. So why list that 400IM time for this guy? It has nothing to do with whatever he will swim in college. I know this is being very picky, but still…It’s like saying “Yeah Clayton Kershaw is great at pitching, low ERA, high K/9… Read more »

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Swim Swam does this for every commitment. Why would they not do the same thing for this young man? Yep, you’re right!! You are a little bit picky on the subject in my opinion but…. & that 400 IM time let’s one know that he’s not a long distance guy!!! Just my 2 cents worth (pun intended)!!


Yes, he should have all 4 years of eligibility since he is graduating high school this summer.

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Forgot to mention swimming “yards” in college; not meters like over in Europe. Many more turns & underwater action than swimming meters. I don’t believe those conversions take that into account?
Maybe he’s good with turns & underwaters though. We’ll see when he performs in college how his turns and underwaters are.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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