Jake Magahey, #3 In the Class of 2020, Verbally Commits to Georgia

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Jake Magahey, who we ranked #3 on our list of first rankings of the high school class of 2020, has made a verbal commitment to swim for the Georgia Bulldogs, he announced today on his Instragram account.

Magahey is a member of the US Junior National Team, and he earned three medals at the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, in the 200 free (silver), 4×200 free (gold), and 800 free (bronze).

I am proud to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Georgia! I would like to thank my parents, family, coaches, teammates, and friends, along with everybody who’s been a part of my life along this awesome journey. GO DAWGS!

Magahey won’t be traveling far when he heads off to Athens in 16 months. He’s a native of Dacula, GA, attends Mill Creek High School, and trains with Swim Atlanta. He’s primarily a distance swimmer, an area where the Bulldog men have a had a good deal of success. Bulldog Andrew Gemmell was a US Olympian, Matias Koski won the 1650 at the 2015 NCAAs, and this year, in the middle of an otherwise largely disappointing NCAAs for Georgia, junior Walker Higgins made the A-final of both the 500 and the 1650 freestyle events.

When we ranked Magahey a little over a year ago, here were his times in his best events:

500 free – 4:16.88, 1000 free – 8:55.33, 1650 free – 14:52.85, 200 free – 1:36.11

and here’s where they stand now…

500 free – 4:14.61, 1000 free, – 8:55.33, 1650 free – 14:51.54, 200 free – 1:35.13

At this year’s NCAAs, his 500 would’ve been just outside scoring range, while his 1650 time was about five seconds off what it took to score, and would’ve placed him 22nd. His best 200 free time, however, is faster than two of Georgia swimmers went on a rolling start on the 800 free relay, and with another year of development, Magahey should be poised to make an immediate impact on the Bulldogs’ roster.

Georgia’s 18th place finish last week was their lowest NCAA ranking since 1992, but help is certainly on the way in the form of Magahey and Luca Urlando, who was our #4 recruit as of last spring, but who will undoubtedly move up after his assault on the NAG record book over the past year.

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collegeswimmer
2 years ago

go dawgs!

DeepSouthAtl
2 years ago

Great kid. Been a pleasure watching his progress over the last few years.

Speed Racer
2 years ago

Bold move. Clearly their results at SECs and NCAAs inspired him.

Oldskool
Reply to  Speed Racer
2 years ago

Haha! Jack Bauerle to Jake Magahey after NCAA

“Chase is almost done, I want to coach you after 2020. NCAA? Nah we don’t care about NCs”

But on a serious note, congrats Jake and Jack!

SWIMFAN1986
Reply to  Speed Racer
2 years ago

Ahhh yes. Here comes the comments of people where thinking before speaking wasn’t taught growing up.
Georgia’s distance swimmers are excelling. The lack of depth is what is hurting their performance. Not stopping the top recruits from committing, ironically. The dawgs will be back.

collegeswimmer
Reply to  Speed Racer
2 years ago

UGA actually had some of the most top A final swims excluding your top teams like texas nc state and cal.
They get ahold of some points in relays and they are easily a top 5 threat team again.

War Eagle
Reply to  collegeswimmer
2 years ago

They had 6 A final swims in total. Camden Flys Guest 2BR Higgins 5 and mile Javi 100 back. Getting “ahold” of some relay points is kind of hard without sprinters. They’re 4medley looks promising with that Dowling kid coming in but they’ll need some Swiss Army knife guys like Maghey and Urlondo before they’re in the relay scoring business

Former Longhorn
2 years ago

I think Magahey’s verbal commitment already lands Georgia one of the Top 2 or 3 recruiting classes for 2020. It’s good to see top swimmers coming to Georgia because Jack Bauerle is one of the best distance coaches there is. Congratulations to Jake and Georgia.

Barney Rubble
Reply to  Former Longhorn
2 years ago

Jack is great coach, but it’s Harv that makes the d program ROCK. Risk it for the biscuit.

the black line
2 years ago

That recruiting class with only Magahey and Urlando is already ridiculous. Still could use a bit more depth though

SwimDawg
2 years ago

Wow! HUGE surprise after last week. Congrats Jake.

Alpha Male
2 years ago

He looks like a linebacker, his neck is bigger than his head

Dcrabbe6
2 years ago

Great pickup for Georgia. Also a great move for him. Georgia has consistently produced amazing longcourse swimmers(arguably on par or better than Cal and Texas) and when you get to his level senior national teams are the goal.

UCswim
Reply to  Dcrabbe6
2 years ago

Not sure that Georgia long course swimmers are better than Murphy, Adrian, Prenot, Pebley)

collegeswimmer
Reply to  UCswim
2 years ago

Kalisz, Hali, Mel, Litherland, Fink, Smoliga??? Not to mention pros who are coming to the program to train like Natalie Hinds and Andrew Wilson?

Zanna
Reply to  collegeswimmer
2 years ago

Not to mention Gunnar Bentz and Jay Litherland who are Olympians

Maverick
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

You are wrong based on the data dcrabbe and college swimmer.

Well Andrew Wilson just chose to move. And didn’t Kalisz go swim for Bob Bowman for a couple years so that he could swim faster long course…?

UCSwim listed only guys then you brought girls into the mix. If you brought girls into the mix then Cal is much better… Franklin, Baker, Bilquist, Weitzel, Mclaughlin, Bootsma, Leverenz, Pelton, Osman.. which are the only ones I can think of of the top of my head. But the list goes deeper… much deeper in cals favor for Women and Men.

Just this past year alone Dave Durden put 18 USA national team swimmers/swims for 2018-2019. (I was to… Read more »

Thomas
Reply to  Maverick
2 years ago

You lose all credibility when the first two women you list, Franklin and Baker, do not train with Cal. Franklin actually made a move to train with UGA (mostly for her boyfriend at the time I believe) and is now retired, and baker trains with team elite. I’m optimistic… go dogs

Maverick
Reply to  Thomas
2 years ago

The argument was “produced” not actively train there ….which you could obviously tell by who I listed and by what was said by the other parties.

Dcrabbe6
Reply to  Maverick
2 years ago

Franklin was not produced by cal, her best years were with her high school coach. On the other hand, my statement was a little exaggerated. Georgia has been though, over the past 20 years a consistent producer of many many national teamers, and with regards to longcourse vs shortcourse has always produced better longcourse times when compared to short course(void a few anecdotal exceptions such as smoliga and Taylor dale). Also a few other names to strengthen my point: Pace Clark, Chantal van landeghem. Brittany Maclean, Amanda weir, Megan Romano, Allison Schmitt, Kevin and Mick Litherland (both national teamers even though they did nothing at Ncaas), Melanie Marsalis, Hali flickinger, Kalisz, Bentz, the best litherland, Shannon vreeland, Javier Acevedo. I… Read more »

Maverick
Reply to  Dcrabbe6
2 years ago

Oh I agree then. Definitely better at producing long course vs short course.

Foreign Embassy
Reply to  Dcrabbe6
2 years ago

Pretty sure her 1:39.1 and 1:48.2 were Teri.

Prof
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

Already mentioned Litherland…