Mack Nesbit of California and Charlotte Watts of North Carolina have both given verbal commitments to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for the 2017-18 season. Nesbit excels mainly in freestyle, especially in the middle distance range, while Watts specializes in fly, free, and IM.
“I chose UNCW because the Sea-hawk family is like no other group of swimmers at any other college I had visited. I have a lot of faith in Coach Jason and Coach Keary and I am super excited to spend my next four years training at UNCW.”
Watts is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from Middle Creek High School in Apex, North Carolina. In high school swimming she won the 100 fly (56.99) at the 2016 NCHSAA 4A Eastern Regional Championships and was 14th in the 100 back. She advanced to the North Carolina 4A State Meet and placed 9th in the fly with 56.66. She led off the Middle Creek 400 free relay with a personal-best 52.69. Watts swims year-round for Raleigh Swimming Association. She had some big performances this summer, finishing top-8 at 2016 North Carolina Long Course Senior Championship in the 100/200m fly, and top-16 in the 200m free and 200m IM.
Top SCY times:
- 200 fly – 2:02.68
- 100 fly – 56.56
- 200 free – 1:53.56
- 100 free – 52.69
- 400 IM – 4:34.60
- 200 back – 2:08.73
Watts will join Mary (Evan) Arsenault, who has also verbally committed to the UNC Wilmington class of 2021.
Nesbit is an up-and-coming mid-distance freestyler from Irvine, California, where he attends Northwood High School and swims for Irvine Novaquatics. Nesbit had an excellent junior year, dropping time across the board. He crushed the Northwood school record in the 500 free at the Pacific Coast League Championships in May, going a personal-best 4:34.71. He went on to race the event at 2016 CIF-Southern Division I Section Championships a week later and finished 12th, just .05 off his best time. He also finaled in the 200 free (1:43.04) and led off the 5th-place Northwood 400 free relay (47.48).
Nesbit’s junior year featured big year-over-year improvements in all his best events. Below are his short course times, with time drops in parentheses:
- 50 free – 22.35 (-0.7 Y/Y)
- 100 free – 47.45 (-1.7 Y/Y)
- 200 free – 1:41.48 (-3.0 Y/Y)
- 500 free – 4:34.71 (-6.6 Y/Y)
Congratulations to Mack Nesbit of @Novaquatics for his verbal commitment to UNC Wilmington @ocvarsityguy @swimswamnews pic.twitter.com/ojUuPXu6T0
— NOVA Swimming (@Novaquatics) November 11, 2016
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