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.