Tennessee Gets Top 20 Commit from Evan Pinion

  8 Jenny Wilson | October 18th, 2012 | College, College Recruiting, News

Evan Pinion, out of local team Pilot Aquatic Club, has announced that he’ll be staying close to home next year. He recently committed to Tennessee, where he’ll make an immediate impact as a member of their distance group.

Pinion’s a 1:38.0/4:24.3/15:12 freestyler, which will be huge for Tennessee as they’ll look to him for help on the 800 free relay as well as to be a major point scorer in his individual events

Though Tennessee added a few distance swimmers in their freshman class this year, like Trevor Leland and Manny Mendoza, they’re still spread fairly thin in the distance events. Junior Sam Petersen is their best right now with best times of 4:26 and 15:22, but Pinion has already been faster than that.

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Pinion is the top 400 meter/500 yard freestyler for his class. He was 3:51 at Olympic Trials, and then 3:52 at Junior Pan Pacs.

Pinion is way better than a top 20 recruit!! How are you aquiring these rankings?

I think that Tennessee is a really good fit for Evan. As most anyone who is involved in swimming should well know, somebody can have a great focus meet one year, and the next year, one thing can go wrong (they get sick, the get injured, they are over trained, or they aren’t tapered properly) and their performance looks off. That can happen to anyone. I think that coach will do great things with Evan. Best of luck.