Gardner-Webb Gets Commitment From Garrett Despres

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Garrett Despres, a current high school senior from Winterville, North Carolina, has committed to swim for Division I Gardner-Webb University. Despres will graduate from D.H. Conley High School in spring 2020 and join the Bulldogs’ class of 2024.

Despres is currently a year-round swimmer for the East Carolina Aquatics. At the Speedo Champions Series earlier this month, Despres placed 6th in the 1650 freestyle (16:01.24).

“I knew from the moment I stepped on campus I was going to be training with a great team and coaching staff, while getting the academics that I need to continue my success after college. A big thank you to my coaches, family and friends for helping to make this all possible. GO

With his current best times, Despres would have had multiple finals performances at the 2020 CCSA Championships with Gardner-Webb. Most notably, he would have placed 6th in the 1650 freestyle (16:01.24), 14th in the 500 freestyle (4:40.66), and 15th in the 200 backstroke (1:53.98).

Top SCY Times

  • 500 freestyle – 4:40.66
  • 1000 freestyle – 9:32.44
  • 1650 freestyle – 16:01.24
  • 100 backstroke – 53.76
  • 200 backstroke – 1:53.98

At the CCSA Championships this year, the Bulldogs placed 2nd as a team.

Despres will begin his swimming career at Gardner-Webb University beginning fall 2020.

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