USC Adds Verbal from Greek Nat’l Champ Vaggelis Makrygiannis to Class of 2024

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Vaggelis Makrygiannis of Athens, Greece has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Southern California’s class of 2024. He will begin in the fall of 2020 with prospective future classmates Ben Dillard, Danny Syrkin, Holden Raffin, Hugh Svendsen, Ryan Abdollahi, and Scott Sobolewski.

“I am glad to announce my verbal commitment to the prestigious University of Southern California(USC)! It’s a great honor to become a member of one of the most succesfull Swimming programs in NCAA. I am looking forward to meet my future teammates and the legendary coaching staff of Trojan’s Swimming program in fall of 20’! ✌️ I can’s wait to move in Los Angeles to develop my swimming at the highest possible level while I am persuing my bachelor’s!  #fighton @uscswim” [sic]

Makrygiannis swims with Anoargyr and specializes in backstroke and freestyle. He had some big time drops this summer, including 1.8 seconds in the 100 free, 2.2 in the 200 free, and 1 in the 200 IM. He won the 200 back and took bronze in the 50 back and 100 back at Greek Nationals in August. He has represented Greece internationally, including at the International Swim Meet in Glasgow in May. There, he won the 200 back, took 2nd in the 100 back, and placed 3rd in the 50 back.

Top LCM times (converted):

  • 50 free – 24.82 (20.91)
  • 100 free – 50.60 (44.14)
  • 200 free – 1:51.76 (1:37.80)
  • 50 back – 26.05 (22.92)
  • 100 back – 55.05 (48.51)
  • 200 back – 1:58.71 (1:44.78)
  • 200 IM – 2:09.26 (1:53.56)

Makrygiannis has the potential to score big points for the Trojans in individual events and relays. The Trojans graduated Patrick Mulcare, who was their top backstroker and IMer last year. Makrygiannis’s converted times would have scored at 2019 Pac-12 Championships in the C finals of the 100/200 back and 100/200 free.

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Racer X
3 years ago

The 2020 USC Trojan class looks loaded! Going to make West Coast waves!

Reply to  Racer X
3 years ago

Stacked in every stroke

daeleb cressel
3 years ago

USC’s recruiting class looking dangerous!

3 years ago

those backstroke conversions are awful… 55.0 has to be ~46 low and 1;58.7 is on the verge of making ncaas at least. I know you run them through a converter but cmon you know thats not right

Reply to  danggg
3 years ago

Yeah not even close. 1:58.7 is almost getting a second swim at Worlds.

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Reply to  danggg
3 years ago

Using the realtime converter I got 47.06/1:42.44 (if he is 17 years old.)

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