Michigan Adds Verbal Commitment from Versatile Bora Unalmis for 2018

Bora Unalmis, a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American from Kingwood, Texas, has verbally committed to swim for the University of Michigan beginning in 2018-19. He will join a class of 2022 that also consists of: AJ Bornstein, Andrew Babyak, David Cleason, Dylan Boyd, Eric Storms, Ian Miskelley, Jared Daigle, Jérémie Luong, Leo Zabudkin, Mason Hunter, Michael MacGillivray, Patrick Callan, and Will Chan.

“I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a Michigan Man. I would like to thank my parents, my brother Kaya, and my friends for being awesome. Thank you @umichswimdive for giving me the opportunity to continue studying and swimming on such an amazing Team!”

Unalmis is finishing up his senior year at Kingwood High School. He is the UIL 6A Region 6 champion in the 500 free and 100 back and an A-finalist in both events at the Texas 6A State Meet. His third-place finish in the 500 free (4:27.01) and sixth in the 100 back (49.92) at the 2018 6A State Meet helped the Kingwood boys’ team earn third in the team standings behind perennial powerhouses Southlake Carroll and Conroe The Woodlands.

Unalmis swims year-round for Blue Tide Aquatics where he specializes in the longer range of backstroke, freestyle, and IM events. He is a Winter Juniors-or-better qualifier in every one of those events and has made significant strides over the last several years.

  200 back 100 back 400 IM 1650 free 1000 free 500 free
2018 1:45.80 49.28 3:54.91 15:37.92 9:11.93 4:26.98
2017 1:48.75 49.86 3:59.61 15:46.75 4:31.53
2016 1:51.13 51.27 4:03.43 16:37.71 9:35.76 4:38.74


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4 years ago

I met this young man while tagging along on a travel meet with my son and a number of other swimmers from the Gulf LSC. He had his head in an SAT prep book every spare minute! I know he was also considering some Ivy league schools, and I’m excited to see what the next few years have in store for him at Michigan. Heckuva open water swimmer as well! Congrats!

4 years ago

congrats to Unalmis and his family!

4 years ago

Turkish God

4 years ago

Welcome Bora! Look forward to watching your career!

4 years ago

Still don’t see how they bring in 14 guys in one year on a team where there’s 9 scholarships total. Several of these guys must be getting very little money, guess their just happy going to MI & getting to train there. Never understood how Bottom has like 40 guys on men’s roster???

Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

Men’s college swimming gets downsized every year. Any roster spot is a great thing.

Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

Believer it or not, some kids actually pick schools for the academics. The school having a good swim team is the cherry on top.

Reply to  M_Fan
4 years ago

And if you can make it past the U of M admissions office, even as a recruited student-athlete, the numbers are there to allow for additional academic scholarship money to help cover college costs.

Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

50% attrition rate in most classes or higher tends to make recruiting a large class not a problem in the long term.
Most athletes get books if anything

The Dressler
4 years ago

This man is a beast. I’ve seen him train; still not sure if he was swimming or flying.

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