Slovenian Freestyler Jaka Pusnik Makes 2022 Verbal Commitment to Florida State

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Jaka Pušnik from the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana has announced his verbal commitment to Florida State University for 2022-23.

“I am happy to announce my verbal commitment to FSU. I am super thrilled to be joining this team.”

Born in 2003, Pusnik swims for PK Olimpija Ljubljana and represents Slovenia in international competition. Last summer he was a finalist in the 200 free at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku. He finished 8th with 1:53.76. Since then he has dropped 2.1 seconds in the 200, his strongest event. He also competed in the 400 free and 200 back.

In February, he raced at the Miting VICTORIA – PRIMORJE in Rijeka, Croatia where he won the 200 free with a PB of 1:51.66. He also clocked the fastest 400 free (3:59.78) of the meet and was 4th in the 100 free (52.17). His 200 time of 1:51.6 would have been top-10 in the world last year for boys born in 2002/2003.

In January, Pusnik swam best times in SCM at the Slovenian Short Course Championships in Ljubljana. Competing in the Open category, he earned a silver in the 400 free (3:50.85), a bronze in the 200 free (1:48.93), and he placed 4th in the 100 free (50.90). He also competed in the 800/1500 free and the 100/200 fly. Earlier this month, he raced at the 44th International Swimming Championships – Telekom in Radovljica (SLO).

Event LCM SCM Converted to SCY
100 free 52.17 50.81 45.55
200 free 1:51.66 1:48.80 1:37.71
400 free 3:59.78 3:50.85 4:23.82
800 free 8:21.12 8:05.75 9:15.14
1500 free 16:13.43 15:52.95 15:47.26

Pusnik will overlap a year with Aziz Ghaffari, the Seminoles’ top mid-distance freestyler last season, and Scott Pekarske, their number one miler. Pusnik’s best converted times would have been very close to scoring at ACC Championships in the 200/500/1650 free (it took 1:36.35/4:23.43/15:29.58 to put points on the board in the top-24 of each event).

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Daddy
3 months ago

First for 2026, or have there been others?

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Reply to  Daddy
3 months ago

Carmen Weiler (Virginia Tech) and Matthew Sates (Georgia) have also committed for the class of ’26. But yes he’s FSU’s first 2026 recruit.

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