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Ryan Wylie, a high school junior at Oconee County High School in Georgia, has verbally committed to the University of Georgia. The announcement keeps him close to home – his high school is only 8 miles from the university, and he trains with the Athens Bulldog Swim Club, the school’s club arm.
Wylie has long been a very good middle-distance swimmer, but as a high school sophomore really made a big leap forward in the mile. In total last season, he improved his lifetime best in the 500 free by 5-and-a-half seconds, and his lifetime best in the mile by 19 seconds. The 500 free time that he swam to place 2nd at the Georgia High School 1A-5A (small schools) state championship meet ranked him 13th season-wide among 15-and-unders last year.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 21.79
- 100 free -46.60
- 200 free – 1:39.97
- 500 free – 4:30.93
- 1000 free – 9:36.10
- 1650 free – 15:47.91
- 200 back – 1:55.68
- 200 fly – 1:52.45
- 200 IM – 1:55.16
- 400 IM – 4:07.85
The distance freestyles are an area where the rebuilding Bulldogs had some success last season. At the SEC Championships, they had 4 of the top 11 finishers in the mile, including then-junior Kevin Miller in 4th place, and put 2 swimmers in the A-final of the men’s 500, including 4th-place finisher Walker Higgins. Last season, freshman Andrew Abruzzo, who came to the Bulldogs as a World Junior Champion in the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyles, dropped 5 seconds from his lifetime best in the 500 yard free and 4 seconds from his lifetime best in the mile.
Ryan’s older brother, Robert, swam briefly at West Virginia.
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