From 1:52 to 1:44 in 200 BK Since Pandemic Hit, Matthew Van Deusen Chooses UNC

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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!


  • 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.

Van Deusen joins Aidan Crisci, Dylan CittaJay BakerNick RadkovRyan SilverSami Moussally, and Walker Davis in the class of 2025.

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Inclusive Parent
1 month ago

Bamm. Talk about hitting your times right when you need them… Impressive drops during a senior year. Congrats

VA Steve
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1 month ago

I was there, all of our mouths were hanging open.

1 month ago

The Man on the rise coming to the program on the rise. Sounds like a great match.

Terry Watts
1 month ago

I had the Potomac Valley 200m back record. That was back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth…

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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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