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17-year-old Berke Saka, who hails from Istanbul, Turkey, has announced his verbal commitment to Georgia Tech for 2021-22.
“I’m extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at Georgia Institute of Technology for the class of 2025. I want to say huge thanks to everybody who supported me for this whole time especially my family, teachers and coaches. I choose Georgia Tech because I think it will be better for me and I’ll be able to prove my self in and out of the pool in so many ways. I’m going to leave where I spent my 17 years with some tears of joy for my future. Go JACKETS 🐝💪”
Saka is one of Turkey’s top youth swimmers and represents his country in international competitions. He competed at FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest last August, swimming the 100/200 back and 200 IM. At the 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku in July, he picked up a silver medal in the 200 back (2:01.62) and a bronze in the 200 IM (2:03.25). He placed 6th in the 100 back (56.99), 4th in the men’s 400 medley relay (57.31 leadoff backstroke), and 7th in the mixed 400 medley relay (57.55 leadoff). His 200 IM performance was a PB by 3 seconds. In March, Saka picked up new times in the 100/200 back at the Turkish Championships in Edirne.
Top LCM times (converted to SCY):
- 200 back – 2:00.22 (1:46.14)
- 100 back – 56.39 (49.72)
- 50 back – 26.69 (23.50)
- 200 IM – 2:03.25 (1:48.06)
- 400 IM – 4:34.19 (4:01.25)
Saka’s best converted time in the 200 back would already score in the C final at the ACC Men’s Championship and he isn’t far off in the 200 IM and the 200 back.
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