Turkish Junior Record Holder Gizem Guvenc Verbally Commits to UCLA

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Turkish Junior Record holder Gizem Guvenc has verbally committed to the UCLA Bruins. She’ll arrive in Westwood in the fall of 2021, making her a part of the Bruins’ class of 2025.

Guvenc holds a number of Turkish national age and age group records. Among them is the fastest ever 18 & under time in the country’s history in the 200 short course meter freestyle with a 1:57.90 done in September. She’s also the fastest 15-16 in the country’s history in both the 50 free (26.13) and 100 free (56.24) in long course, among other records. She’s also within two tenths of a second of the long course junior record in the 200 free.

She represented her country at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Budapest, where she had a best individual finish of 22nd in the 100 free. She has also raced for Turkey at several other international events, including as a member of their 400 free relay at the World Championships that finished 16th, and at the 2019 European Junior Championships where she qualified for the final in the 200 free.

Best Times, LCM, SCM, SCY (Converted)

LCM SCM SCY (Converted)
50 free 26.13 25.28 22.81
100 free 56.12 54.65 49.11
200 free 2:00.77 1:57.90 1:45.91
100 fly 1:01.77 1:00.87 54.38
200 IM 2:22.66 2:16.81 2:03.25

As the UCLA Bruins begin to rebuild after scoring zero swimming points at last year’s NCAA Championship meet (they finished 17th via divers alone).

The Bruins are building good classes for both 2020 and 2021, with Guvenc being the best in the latter so far. Also in the class is Eva Carlson from Portland, who is a 1:01.8/2:15.1 in the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes. Guvenc should become an immediate-impact swimmer for UCLA upon arrival: the Bruins’ best time in the 200 yard free last season was 1:45.5 from then-junior Kenisha Liu, and nobody else on the team was under 1:47.

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