Tennessee HS State Champ Alex Mays Commits to North Carolina

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Alex Mays from Maryville, Tennessee has announced his commitment to the University of North Carolina for the class of 2023.

“I am extremely excited to announce my commitment to the University of North Carolina! It’s always been a dream of mine to study and swim at one of the best universities in the country, and UNC is certainly one of them. I ultimately chose UNC because of their unparalleled academic and athletic resources, as well as the tight-knit and supportive team. Go Heels!”

Mays is a senior at Maryville High School. A USA Swimming All-American, he wrapped up his senior year high school season in February at the 2019 TISCA State Championships, winning the 200 medley relay (23.34 backstroke leadoff), finishing second in the 200 IM (1:51.95) and third in the 100 back (49.08), and swimming a leg on the runner-up 400 free relay (45.29). Mays does his year-round swimming with the club team Prime Aquatics. He is a Winter Juniors-or-better qualifier in the 100/200 back and 400 IM. He recently picked up a slew of new times at 2019 NCSA Spring Championship: 50/100/200 free, 50/200 back, and 100/400 IM. He finaled in the 100 back, 200 back, and 400 IM. Last summer he swam the 200 free, 100/200 back and 400 IM at Cary Futures. He placed 4th in the 200 back and 18th in the 100 back and scored new LCM bests in the both backstrokes (59.34/2:06.46) and the 400 IM (4:45.76).

Mays will begin in the fall of 2019 with Adam Kerr, Andrew Rafalko, and Gavin Mayo. He will overlap two years with backstrokers Patrick Cusick, Tyler Hill, and Christopher Thames and three years with Tucker Burhans. At 2019 ACC Championships, Mays would have been just 1/10 away from scoring in the 200 back and about 1 second off in the 100 back.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 back – 23.30
  • 100 back – 49.08
  • 200 back – 1:47.29
  • 200 IM – 1:51.95
  • 400 IM – 3:59.75

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1 year ago

I’m curious about why kids are committing to a program with no head coach (and uncertain staff)?

Reply to  Gorb
1 year ago

The school. I laugh at all these people that mention academic fraud. Yeah it happened-but was isolated to only a few sports and a few classes. I have met many Olympic sport athletes from UNC with extremely successful careers. Chapel hill is still a top 5 public university and always will be. The education for 99% has been and still is excellent. Add in a beautiful campus and culture kids will go there even without a coach. This is why alums are so frustrated it took this long to get a coaching change. The program should have never fallen apart like it did.

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Reply to  Reality
1 year ago

Successful careers where they were hired by another UNC alum I would bet is the case for most of those. But then again, that does happen anywhere…. those doing the hiring will prefer fellow alum over a non alum.

Reply to  2 Cents
1 year ago

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Reply to  Reality
1 year ago

25+ years, dozens of courses, hundreds of athletes across all sports

Reply to  Hmm...
1 year ago

Don’t forget about the tutors doing the schoolwork for the athletes for years…

Pack Mack
Reply to  Reality
1 year ago

The entire University was on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools. That’s not a small thing. Federal Grants were postponed & lost during the probationary period. If you are a top level professor interviewing with multiple universities do you choose the one on probation? So laugh if you must REALITY but it matters.

Reply to  Gorb
1 year ago

Probably because the college recruitment process is all about finding the right college fit, and not just the coach you like the most.

1 year ago

Kids a diamond. Saw him compete back in January in Tennessee, loved how he attacked his races. Has a lot of room for growth

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Reply to  Swimnerd
1 year ago

This is a bunch of hoopla (to put it nicely)…no one cares how you “attack races” thats why there are never scouts at HS swim meets…. you care about one thing, and one thing only… the final time. When is the last time you heard this: ” Ohh this kid swam a 100 free in 45…. he went out in 23.1 but came home in a 22.5 and went 45.6…… NEVER (or any example of anyones splits) compared to a kid who went 45 but went 20.2 and home in a 44.9…. thats a 45.1, but who would you rather have? The one who came home in 22.5 or the one who went faster?? So my point is that no… Read more »

JP input is too short
Reply to  2 Cents
1 year ago

Um. You haven’t really followed much developmental swimming, have you?

Reply to  2 Cents
1 year ago

Yes and no. Final time is the important, but getting a kid that has been getting alot better and is similar times to another kid that has been at the same time for 3 years, I am choosing the improving kid every time. Alot of time their technique needs more work and they are newer to the sport, IE more improvement in the future.

This is why Swimswam often shows how much better kids have gotten in past few years

-Signed College Coach

Samuel Tate
Reply to  2 Cents
1 year ago

Did you have a rough day?

Reply to  2 Cents
1 year ago

2 cents- way more than time at play there bud. And yes, how its swum tells the coach more than you might think, namely if swum differently, what the outcome might be. Some outlier times speak for themselves, but looking at a bunch of 45 hundred frees, how they swam it, both splits and visually, absolutely matters.

1 year ago

The doggo pic works kinda as bribery, yes?

Reply to  Anonymoose
1 year ago

Works for me!

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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