Georgia Secures Verbal From Local State Champion Breaststroker Jackson Bates

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Jackson Bates, a junior at Westminster Christian Academy and a member of the Athens Bulldog Swim Club in Georgia, has made his verbal commitment to swim for his hometown school, the University of Georgia, in the fall of 2021. A breaststroker and IMer, Bates’ career-best time in the 100 LCM breaststroke is just a second and a half off of the Olympic Trials cut.

At the Speedo Champions Series meet in North Carolina in March, Bates won bronze medals in both of the LCM breaststroke events (1:04.83 in the 100 and 2:20.33 in the 200). Bates also won both breaststroke events at the Georgia Short Course Senior State Meet back in December (56.21/2:01.23).

Top Times in Yards:

  • 100 breast – 56.21
  • 200 breast – 2:01.20
  • 200 IM – 2:03.47
  • 400 IM – 4:21.98

Bates will join the SwimSwam “Way Too Early Recruit Ranks: Boys High School Class of 2021” honorable mention  Zach Kohm as well as Mitchell NortonRyan Wylie, and Henre Louw as members of the Bulldogs’ class of 2025.

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