North Carolina State Champion Connor Blandford Commits to Kentucky

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Connor Blandford, from Clayton, North Carolina, has made a verbal commitment to swim for University of Kentucky beginning next fall.

“The coaches and team are really easy to connect with and are fun to be around, and I was really impressed with UK’s academics and facilities. I also loved the campus and I’m very excited to be a Wildcat!”

Blandford swims for the Marlins of Raleigh and is massively versatile, with national-level times in IMs, backstrokes, and breaststrokes. He also represents Corinth Holders High School and helped the Pirates to a sixth-place team finish at the 2015 NCHSAA 3A State Championships. Blandford won the 200 IM (1:53.95) and was runner-up in the 100 back (52.03); he also led off the medley relay and anchored the 400 free relay.

Blandford’s top times are:

  SCY LCM
200 IM 1:52.10 2:08.76
400 IM 3:56.75 4:32.15
100 back 51.39 59.80
200 back 1:49.80 2:08.47
100 breast 57.43 1:07.61
200 breast 2:05.79 2:28.60

It took a 1:48/3:53 to make the “C” final cutoff of the 200/400 IMs at 2015 SEC Championships. In the 100/200 backstroke, it was 48/1:45, and in the breast it was 55/2:00. Blandford had some hefty time drops this season, including 2 seconds in the 200m IM and 7 in the 400m IM. A short course season like that will put him in scoring position for the Wildcats at the conference level.

Blandford joins a talented group of fellow commits in the University of Kentucky class of 2020 that includes:

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