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Budding student-artist-athlete Mia Thatcher announced her intention to swim for the Savannah College of Art and Design beginning in the fall of 2020 in the most appropriate way:
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Buzz buzz 🐝🐝 I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to The Savannah College of Art & Design. I can’t wait to swim with my brother and the SCAD swim team. I would like to thank Coach Joe from @savannahswimteam and Coach Jason from @countryside_torpedoes for helping me be the swimmer I am today. Go bees!
Thatcher is a butterfly specialist who started training with Savannah Swim Team in June. Before that she trained with coach Jason Roberts at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio. She swam for Mason High School on their District Championship team as a sophomore and a junior. In club swimming, Thatcher is a YMCA Nationals qualifier in the 100/200 fly. She competed at the Georgia Swimming LSC Long Course State Championship this summer in the 100 back and 100/200 fly. She finaled in the 200 fly (28th) and notched PBs in the 100 back and 100 fly. She swam the 100 fly at 2019 YMCA Short Course National Championships.
Thatcher will be an immediate impact player for the NAIA national-champion Bees. Her best times would have scored at 2019 NAIA Nationals in the A final of the 200 fly and the B finals of the 100 fly and 200 IM.
Best SCY times:
- 100 fly – 58.66
- 200 fly – 2:10.81
- 200 IM – 2:18.71
- 500 free – 5:18.92
Thatcher will be able to swim with her older brother Joel Thatcher, who just returned to SCAD after a two-year mission in Peru. Currently a sophomore on the Bees’ roster, he broke the NAIA national records in the 500 free (4:20.35) and the 1650 free (15:18.39) as a freshman at the 2016-17 NAIA Championships.
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