Georgia State Champion Zach Franklin Changes Commitment from Air Force to UGA

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Former Air Force Academy commit Zach Franklin has announced a change in his collegiate plans. He will now be joining the varsity squad at the University of Georgia in the spring of 2020.

Originally, Franklin was one of 3 male swimmers from the Stingrays club in Marietta, Georgia to commit to Air Force in the class of 2019, alongside Tory Bartlett and David Gray. The 3 made up a significant core of what became a banner recruiting class for the Falcons – one that is still very strong even without Franklin.

Franklin has a lot of versatility and could add long-term depth for Georgia in a lot of areas. The Bulldogs have 7 other freshmen on their current 2019-2020 roster.

Best Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 20.90
  • 100 free – 45.16
  • 200 free – 1:39.67
  • 100 back – 49.01
  • 200 back – 1:47.70
  • 100 breast – 59.19
  • 200 breast – 2:12.12
  • 100 fly – 48.99
  • 200 fly – 1:49.09
  • 200 IM – 1:48.83

Franklin was the 2019 Georgia High School 6A-7A (big schools) High School State Champion in the 200 IM, and he also finished 3rd at that meet in the 100 back. When Franklin committed to Air Force publicly in December of 2018, his best time in the 200 IM was a 1:51.16. By the time his senior season completed a few months later, he had improved that time by more than 2.3 seconds.

Georgia has trained 4 of the last 9 SEC Champion in the men’s 200 IM. No other school has won that race as many times in the same period.

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3 years ago

Rat year is no joke… hope Georgia’s a better fit!

3 years ago

I used to swim for Air Force. I dont blame him. Congrats Zach! Super fast dude.

Reply to  Swimboi
3 years ago

But…who’s the best?

Reply to  Supafly23
3 years ago

What do you mean

Reply to  Swimboi
3 years ago

If you swam at the zoo in the last 20 years, you’d know the response to that.

Reply to  Supafly23
3 years ago

I swam last year.

Reply to  swimboi
3 years ago

Ah… After the history of the fellas was wiped away.

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