Metro Aquatic Club of Miami’s Aitor Fungairino has given his verbal pledge to the University of Texas-Austin for next fall. A senior at Belen Jesuit, Fungairino won the 200 free FHSAA 3A title last season with a 1:37.63, while he also earned a state title in the 500 free (4:26.82).
Swimming for Venezuela this summer, Fungairino finished 16th in the 200 free (1:50.60), 26th in the 50 back (27.16), 27th in the 100 back (58.78), and 27th in the 200 back (2:08.72) at the 2017 World Junior Championships.
TOP TIMES – SCY
- 50 free – 21.30
- 100 free – 45.38
- 200 free – 1:37.25
- 500 free – 4:26.82
- 100 back – 49.75
- 200 back – 1:50.02
Fungairino’s 200 free is his most impressive time, and knowing the tradition of mid-distance freestyle that exists at Texas, it’ll be interesting to see what the coaching staff can do with him.
Fungairino joins an already-stacked incoming class for the Texas Longhorns that includes 200 free NAG record holder Drew Kibler, easily one of the top freestylers in the class. In addition to Kibler (1:33.3), heading to Austin are freestyle specialists Matthew Willenbring (1:35.2), Daniel Krueger (1:35.5), and Alexander Zettle (1:36.2), making Fungairino one of many huge freestyle pickups for Texas.
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