Ben Evans, who swims for Thanet Swim Club in Kent, has committed to swim for Wingate University in the fall of 2016. Evans is an all-around talent who specializes mostly in individual medley and freestyle. His top times include:
|100 meter freestyle||54.99||48.00|
|200 meter freestyle||1:56.05||1:41.54|
|200 meter butterfly||2:08.35||1:52.43|
|200 meter IM||2:09.50||1:52.27|
|400 meter IM||4:32.17||3:58.14|
Wingate competes in the NCAA Division II and is a member of the coach-run, single-sport Bluegrass Mountain Conference. After winning seven consecutive conference championships, the Bulldogs have finished second to Queens University of Charlotte in each of the last two years. Evans will be a good addition to the roster, especially in IM events. His best converted times would have scored in the A finals at 2016 BMC Championships in both the 200 and 400 IMs; Wingate had no swimmers in the top 8 in the 200 IM this year and three in the 400 IM (Oystein Fjeldberg, Ossian Arvidsson, and Camden Wunderlich). Evans would have been on the A/B final bubble for the 200 fly.
In addition, he would have scored top-8 in the 500 free, an event where Wingate had four of the top six finishers: Jerome Heidrich, Leif-Henning Kluever, Arvidsson, and Fjeldberg. Of that group, only Arvidsson was a senior last year, so Evans should have quite a mid-distance training group when he arrives in North Carolina in the fall.
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