Matt Sates Is Expected to Make His Georgia Debut on January 29 Against Emory

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 7

January 21st, 2022 News

The newest Georgia Bulldog Matt Sates, who arrived in Athens on Friday after a 10-day travel delay, is expected to make his debut on January 29th.

According to a spokesperson for the Georgia Swimming & Diving team, Sates is in the process of being medically cleared and will make his debut against Division III powerhouse Emory at his new home pool in Athens.

He’ll then jump straight into the SEC Championship meet, which begins on February 15 at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. This also means he is not expected to swim on Saturday against Tennessee in the team’s last SEC dual meet of the year.

Georgia can use the help that Sates will bring. Based on current season-best times, the Bulldogs are projected to finish just 7th at the SEC Championships (see Swimulator projections here). The caveat is that they were without two of their best swimmers, Luca Urlando and Jake Magahey, at their mid-season invite as the pair dealt with a “non-COVID-related illness.”

Even they, however, would probably not be enough to help Georgia make up the gap on the 9-time SEC Champions from Florida.

With Sates on board, however, and the return of healthy Magahey and Urlando, the Bulldogs are in much better shape. Conservatively, even weighing the circumstance, Sates is worth 75 individual points at the SEC Championships. The return of him, Magahey, and Urlando also gives Georgia a huge relay boost – the kind of swing not often seen at a conference meet. For example, their best 800 free relay this season ranks just 8th in the SEC, but with that trio returned, they are arguably the favorites to win the event over Florida.

Sates is the current World Junior Record holder in both the 200 and 400 short course meter freestyles, as well as the 200 IM, pending FINA ratification.

Best Times:

50 free 22.88 21.93 19.75
100 free 49.29 47.14 42.46
200 free 1:48.08 1:40.65 1:30.67
400 free 3:59.15 3:37.92 4:09.05
200 IM 1:57.60 1:51.45 1:40.40

Sates’ potential depends on how quickly he can adapt to yards racing: when he does, he’s an instant NCAA title contender.


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3 months ago

Depending on how much improvement Urlando and Magahey have made and whether Sates can actually convert to a 1:30 in yards, Georgia could win the 800 free relay at NCAA’s.

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
3 months ago

Who’s their 4th guy?

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 months ago

Hailey Gaulbrith- Aka the goat.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 months ago

Good point, i should’ve checked their roster this season before saying that. Mitchell Norton was their fastest split at invite (1:36.9) but Zach Hils was 1:37.6 leading off, so maybe him? I don’t know, I just find a potential 1:30, 1:31, abs 1:31 flat start tough to beat, and with the year Urlando has been having prior to COVID or whatever happened around invite + Magahey’s rapid improvement, i wouldn’t be surprised if it’s three 1:30 flat starts on the same team. Conservatively, three 1:32’s flat start and a 1:37 flat start put them at 6:13 flat.

Reply to  Bobthebuilderrocks
3 months ago

Hilis will be the guy. He has been 1;33 ish

Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

Or Bradley Dunham

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
3 months ago

There is basically zero chance Georgia beats Texas in the 800 free relay.

Last edited 3 months ago by Stewie

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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