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Futures qualifier T.J. Bragg has verbally committed to the University of Indianapolis.
“Excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Indianapolis. I know UIndy will be a good fit for me. I would like to thank my parents, family, coaches and friends for all the support throughout the years. Go Hounds!”
The North Canton Hoover High School senior won eighth place in the 200 freestyle at the OHSAA Division I State Championship. Bragg also swims club for Canton City Schools, and at the Lake Erie Senior Championships, he placed fourth in the 200 freestyle, sixth in the 100 freestyle, and seventh in the 500 freestyle.
Bragg has a USA Swimming Futures cut in the 100 butterfly. His best short course times are:
- 50 freestyle: 21.56
- 100 freestyle: 47.15
- 200 freestyle: 1:42.62
- 100 backstroke: 53.63
- 100 butterfly: 50.74
The University of Indianapolis is a Division II school, and a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The men’s team placed second out of 10 teams at the 2021 GLVC championships, behind Drury University. At that meet, Bragg would’ve made the top 30 in the 100 butterfly.
Last season, Bragg would’ve tied then-freshman Collin Taylor as the team’s seventh-fastest performer in the 200 freestyle. Bragg would’ve beat Taylor’s 54.91 and earned a spot as the eighth-fastest 100 backstroker that season. He also would have been the tenth-fastest 100 butterflier.
With the exception of Taylor, every single swimmer who performed better than Bragg’s time in the 200 freestyle will either have graduated or will be a senior when Bragg joins the team in the fall. With an older 200 freestyle base, Bragg can compete for a top position in that race early on in his UIndy career. He’ll also be training with Cedric Buessing, a current freshman who has already put up this season’s fastest time for the team.
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