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Anthony Kim, of Charger Aquatics in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has committed to Texas A&M:
Proud to announce my verbal commitment to Texas A&M class of 2020. Let’s go Aggies!!!???
— Anthony Kim (@anthonykim_1) November 2, 2015
Kim is a dual-threat in both backstroke and butterfly who should find his way right into the Aggies’ lineup:
- 100 backstroke- 48.38
- 200 backstroke- 1:45.22
- 100 butterfly- 48.52
- 200 IM- 1:51.14
His 200 backstroke would have scored at the 2015 SEC Championship meet, while his 100 backstroke would is just hundredths of a second away. Backstroke was one of the stronger events for the Aggies, who placed three swimmers in scoring position in the 100 and two in the 200. All of those swimmers return for the 2015-2016 season,
Kim told Swimswam he was motivated by the positive experience that another Albuquerque swimmer, Magnus Holler, has had at he school so far. The two were recognized as the best high school swimmers in New Mexico last spring, with each of them capturing multiple events at the New Mexico State meet. Kim is the New Mexico state record holder in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke (2014) as well as a state champion in the 200 freestyle over Holler at the 2015 meet. Those wins would pace Albuquerque Academy to their 22nd state championship.
Kim made his first two Olympic Trials times over the summer in the 100 (57.15) and 200 backstroke (2:03.09). He needs a modest improvement in his 100 butterfly to add to his program for Omaha next summer (55.34).
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