Georgia state champ Ty Powers has made a verbal commitment to the Tennessee Volunteers.
Powers, the younger brother of Michigan Wolverine freshman Paul Powers, won the Georgia 1A-5A state title in the 50 freestyle last winter along with a relay win in the 200 free relay alongside his older brother.
“This was a very challenging decision for me, but after spending the weekend with Coach Kredich and his staff, and seeing the direction, intensity and focus of their men’s program, I knew this is where I needed to be in order to develop to the next level as a swimmer and to achieve my personal goals both in and out of the pool,” Powers says of the decision. “The team spirit at Tennessee was awesome! They felt like family. They also share my same values and discipline, while having a lot of fun at the same time. The academic support structure for athletes at Tennessee was the best, which is very important to my future.”
Ty is a big-time sprinter, as that state title shows, but might be even more dangerous in the breaststroke races at the college level.
Powers’ Top Times
- 100 breast: 56.35
- 50 free: 20.36
- 100 free: 45.66
Powers comes to Tennessee from Splash Aquatic Club in Gainesville, Georgia. He also competes for North Hall High School, where he won the 50 free and took 3rd in the 100 breast at last year’s Georgia High School State Championships.
Tennessee is just getting in an outstanding class of freshmen that includes Tennessee native Sam McHugh along with a host of experienced foreigners, and with Powers firming up the next class, the Vols appear to be loading up some big talents as they try to run down the gauntlet of tough teams in the SEC.