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North Carolina had added Matthew Van Deusen of Nation’s Capital Swim Club for their class of 2025. He’s a senior at Colgan High School in Virginia.
I am super excited and humbled to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of North Carolina. I want to thank my coaches at NCAP and my family and friends who helped me along the way. #goHeels!
TOP TIMES (SCY)
- 50 free – 20.90
- 100 free – 45.31
- 200 free – 1:39.21
- 100 back – 48.49
- 200 back – 1:44.44
- 200 IM – 1:51.22
This winter, Van Deusen has seen some pretty absurd time drops. In freestyle, his pre-pandemic bests were just 21.8/47.8/1:44.8, while he’s dropped three seconds in the 100 back, almost eight in the 200 back and over six in the 200 IM. His 200 back, now, is actually a few tenths better than his 200 free was in March.
His bests came from two meets in December, the virtual Winter 18 & Under Championships and the Icebreaker Invitational. At the Winter 18&U Champs, racing at the Potomac Valley site, he blasted 48.49 in the 100 back and 1:44.44 in the 200 back– he went straight from 51 to 48 in the 100 and 1:52 to 1:44 in the 200 at that meet. At the Icebreaker Invitational, he clocked his bests in the 50/100/200 free and the 200 IM, while he also dropped lifetime bests in the 100/200 fly (51.27/1:51.79).
Chris Thames, a senior, leads the Tar Heels in the 200 back (1:41.6 from 2018), while senior Tyler Hill is the top 100 backstroker this season (46.3 last month). Van Deusen’s 200 back time is now fast enough to be on the B/C-final bubble at the ACC Championships.
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