Matt King Announces Transfer to Virginia After One Year at Alabama

Matt King has announced that he will be transferring to the University of Virginia beginning in the 2021-2022 season. King entered the transfer portal after his freshman year at the University of Alabama. He has three remaining years of NCAA eligibility.

King saw immediate improvements once he joined Alabama. He was champion in the 100 free and runner-up in the 50 free at the SEC Championships. He went a 18.96 to touch second behind the University of Florida’s Adam Chaney. King began the season with a best time of 19.70 in the 50 and 43.22 in the 100. He won the 100 free at SEC’s, touching 0.14 seconds ahead of LSU’s Brooks Curry in a time of 41.66.

He ended the 2020-2021 season as the third-fastest freshman of all time in the 100 free, and was nearly in the top 5 in the 50 free. He touched 5th in the 100 free (41.76) at the NCAA DI Championships and was disqualified in the 50 for a false start. His best time would have finished 5th in finals. He led off Alabama’s 400 free relay, lowering his best time to 41.63.

King’s times from the SEC champs would have earned him a silver and a gold medal at the ACC champs. He would have touched second behind Matt Brownstead of Virginia in the 50 free, and he would have won the conference title in the 100 free. Brownstead was also a freshman last season.

Top SCY Times:

  • 50 free – 18.96
  • 100 free – 41.63
  • 200 free – 1:38.03
  • 100 fly – 47.21

The move will allow him to train alongside NCAA B-finalist Brownstead for three years. Brownstead won the B-final of the 100 free at NCAA’s in a time of 42.12. He also touched 11th in the 50 free. He holds the school records in the 50 free (18.88) and 100 free (41.87).

King will be swimming under the direction of head coach Todd DeSorbo who was recently named as one of the assistant coaches for the U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo.

He originally verbally committed to swim for Indiana, but changed his decision when Indiana assistant coach Coley Stickels was named as the head coach at Alabama. Stickels resigned mid-way through the 2020-2021 season after a year and a half in the position. It was announced that Margo Greer would take over. This would be her first paid coaching position. Colton Stogner, Andrew Shea, Lia Bell, Alec Dixon, and Nico Hernandez-Tome also entered the transfer portal.

For Virginia, a team that was 9th last season at the NCAA Championship meet, this is a huge step up the ladder in their quest to join the women’s program as NCAA Champions. Only 10 NCAA freshmen in history have been sub-19 seconds in the 50 yard free, and two of them are now Cavaliers. With Jack Aikins, the second-fastest sprinter in the high school class of 2021 at 19.68, joining the team this fall, the Cavaliers have a monstrous, and very young, sprint foundation returning to Charlottesville in the fall.

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Nonrevhoofan
1 month ago

Welcome, Matt! Add 3rd Year August Lamb to the 4×50 and UVA will be a Top 3 contender – and maybe #1.

PFA
1 month ago

Ladies and gentlemen the fastest relay in the ACC Virginia. They may actually win NCAA titles now.

Editor
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

NC State’s sprint relays are going to be stacked, especially if Korstanje returns. King alone could make a 1.5s difference on UVA’s 400 free, but even that wouldn’t necessarily have put them ahead of Louisville at NCAAs. But I agree, UVA will at least be in the conversation for ACC and NCAA relay titles in the next couple of years.

tea rex
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

Incoming freshmen Aikins 19.6/43.2 and Boyle 19.78/43.5. Pretty scary. But UVA still has to develop them. Jack Walker and Jack Wright were potential cornerstones of a 4×200, but neither swam fast this year.

Joel Lin
Reply to  tea rex
1 month ago

Aikins is a superstar fast in the making. His backstroke performances at Trials reminded me of a young Ryan Murphy in 2012…not this time, but you just know it is coming. He will be an Olympian in 2024.

Greensboro Baby
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

Who downvotes this. Like what’s the point

PFA
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

Yeah I got a little excited waking up to this but the races are now going to be very close and I do think all these guys could potentially challenge the NCAA relay records by their senior year.

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CAFFEINATED
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

word on the street is Louisville has one HECK of a dude coming to campus next year in 50-100 and maybe a solid 200. If he materializes it will be sick.

Joel Lin
Reply to  CAFFEINATED
1 month ago

ACC has arrived. Big time conference getting better & better each year now.

Swim Fan
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

Once Texas joins the SEC, it will only further them as the strongest conference in the nation

Yup
Reply to  Swim Fan
1 month ago

will they continue to punt the conference meet?

cynthia curran
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

Alabama getting a lot of transfers. I mention that in Alabama Hunsville is the place to be. Business Insider had an article on this. THe University of Alabama should mention that afer college you can moved from Tuscaloosa to Huntsville. Bay Area Engineer in California moves to Huntsville when Northrup Grumman transfers him and finds housing a lot cheaper in Huntsville. Business Insider article on the big job expansion in Huntsville. They need this approach since Alabama is thought a deep south state without much job opportunities to keep students in their program.https://www.businessinsider.com/moving-to-huntsville-alabama-tech-jobs-real-estate-home-prices-2021-7

Fortnite Nick
1 month ago

Sussy swim news all over it. Congrats Matt!

super classy swim
1 month ago

“0.14 seconds ahead of LSU’s Curry Brooks in a time of 41.66.“ shouldn’t it be Brooks Curry?

congrats matt!!! great things coming for you!

Joel Lin
Reply to  super classy swim
1 month ago

He beat the keyboardist from Foo Fighters in the 100 free. That is impressive on so many levels.

tea rex
1 month ago

This is bad news for UVA. Now they will need to specify WHICH 18-point sophomore sprinter named Matt they are talking about. It will get confusing, and hurt morale.

Daddy
Reply to  tea rex
1 month ago

Had us in the first half

Here Comes Lezak
Reply to  tea rex
1 month ago

Only one solution: first one to divide by zero gets to be called Matt. Don’t downvote me, it’s the law.

Nonrevhoofan
Reply to  tea rex
1 month ago

They are virtually interchangeable parts, so what does it matter which one answers when there is a random “Matt” called from deck. My guess is that they will flip a coin to see which one goes by Matt and which one by Matthew. Or maybe they will use their last names. PS Thankfully, Matt Otto graduated; it would just have been even more confusing. And we are already in deep do-do with all the Jacks we have to contend with (Walker, Wright, Aikins, Moore).

Captain Ahab
1 month ago

Good decision and a quality education.

Greensboro Baby
1 month ago

Auburn’s National record is quaking rn

waHOOwa forever
1 month ago

UVA is awesome! Great academics, beautiful pool, gorgeous Grounds, and a fantastic swim team environment. Welcome to Charlottesville, Matt!!!