Moldovan Record-Holder Nichita Bortnicov Sends Verbal to Indiana for 2021

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Indiana has picked up Moldova’s Nichita Bortnicov, the national record-holder in the 200 SCM fly. He’s also part of two NR-setting relays: the mixed 4×50 medley and mixed 4×50 free relay from the 2018 SC World Championships.


  • 100 fly – 58.10 / 51.08
  • 200 fly – 2:08.35 / 1:53.10
  • 200 IM – 2:08.02 / 1:52.45
  • 400 IM – 4:38.40 / 4:05.04

Bortnicov’s 200 fly NR in short course meters is a 2:01.30, which converts to a much faster 1:49.27 in yards. His SCM time in the 400 IM is also more impressive: 4:23.08, which converts to 3:57.00. Those were his two individual races in which he represented Moldova at 2018 SC Worlds. He also competed at the 2019 European Juniors and the 2019 European SC Championships.

At IU, Bortnicov will get two seasons of overlap with Brendan Burns, the defending B1G champion in the 200 fly.

Bortnicov joins Rafael MiroslawSean SwiftMason CarltonLucas Piunti, #3 Joshua Matheny, #15 Luke Barr, #20 Aidan Reagan and HM Jackson Carlile

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Congrats and best wishes at a top tier program that will overcome negative year and look ahead to more success.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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