UVA Gets Started on Class of 2025 with Verbal from #18 Jack Aikins

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SwimAtlanta’s Jack Aikins, coming in at #18 on our early rankings for the high school boys’ class of 2021, has announced his verbal commitment to Virginia for 2021. He’s the first commit for Virginia, which is big considering that ACC rival NC State has already reeled in a whopping five of the top 20.

I’m thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Virginia! I’m so excited to train with some of the best coaches and athletes in the nation and see what we can do together! Thanks to coach Landon, my friends, and family for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a prestigious university with an outstanding swim program. 🔷🔶#wahoowa⚔️ #shift2021

Aikins is primarily a sprint freestyler and backstroker, two disciplines in which Virginia needs more power. They’ll graduate top sprint backstroker Joseph Clark after this season, while their 400 free relay didn’t score at 2019 NCAAs and their 200 free relay didn’t qualify. Aikins is the defending Georgia 6A-7A champion in the 50 free (20.67), while he placed third there in the 100 free (45.24) representing West Forsyth High School.

On a huge improvement curve, Aikins is a great prospect to track the rest of high school. In 2018, he was 21.3/47.6/1:44.0 in free and 51.6/1:48.8 in back. In March of 2019, he hit best times of 20.3/45.1/1:39.3 in free and 50.2/1:46.6 in back.

This summer, he hit lifetime bests in long course of 23.44/52.24/1:53.03 free and 25.62/56.21/2:02.01 back. He snagged Olympic Trials cuts in the 100 and 200 back with those swims.


  • 50y free – 20.34
  • 100y free – 45.11
  • 200y free – 1:39.35
  • 100y back – 50.27
  • 200y back – 1:46.65
  • 200y IM – 1:50.81

Aikins will be part of the next wave of UVA sprinters, including current freshmen Jack WrightJack Walker, and Max Edwards, along with Will Cole and Matt Brownstead in the class of 2024.

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Lane 8

Nice choice… what do you think @DeSorboEffect?


I don’t do much thinking


We know!

DeSorbo Effect

Ha ha 2 more big time verbals locked in yesterday! Welcome to the Party!

Wait for it Here they come! Hoos takeover NCAA! Welcome to the Hype!


Was it David Curtiss and Josh Matheny?


Did Courtney give you permission to use her name?


Just to be clear, i’m not trying to impersonate Courtney. Just a fan, not sure if the name was clear enough for you @ACTUALCOURTNEYCALDWELLSUPERFAN.


Just not cool…


Me and the rest of the Courtney Caldwell fan base appreciate your concern and will take it into consideration!


This really isn’t the place to be snarky and mean and act out your rivalries. Think about who is reading your comments.




@NOPE you’re no fun


I think you are a little late to the party 🙂 so welcome to the party! nice get!

GA Boy

Absolute monster! Sub 20, 44 and 1:37 this year for sure! coming in 48 and 1:44 in the back this year for sure too! An absolute GEM for Virginia!


What is the point of a down vote on this?


nc state fans


Way to go, Jack! So happy for you and very, very proud. Can’t wait to see you swim for the Cavaliers!


if you are looking to be on Dateline or 48 HOurs, Charlottesville is the place for you to be

Not having it

Get that you’re not a VA fan but seriously? This is a HS kid’s commitment article. You gotta throw that kind of shade right now?

2 Cents

That’s not shade its straight up slander and is something that should have been blocked by the site.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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