Pro swimmer Veronica Burchill is joining the professional training group based out of the University of Tennessee.
The female-heavy group includes another newcomer Ali DeLoof, who joined the group earlier this year, as well as Molly Hannis, Erika Brown, and Maddy Banic, who are all former varsity Volunteers.
Burchill says that as she prepares to graduate from Georgia and with the ‘crazy year’ that it’s been, she felt like now was a good time to make a change.
“I have a great friendship with Erica Brown, Ali DeLoof and the other girls in the group,” Burchill said. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to train with the Tennessee coaching staff and this incredible group of ladies. Tennessee is also closer to my family in Indiana but it still allows me to be within driving distance of my sister Sammie, a senior at UGA.”
Knoxville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia are about 4 hours apart by car.
“It was not easy for me to leave Athens as the coaching staff and swimmers mean the world to me, but for my own growth as a person and swimmer, this was the right thing for me to do and I’m really excited to be here,” Burchill continued.
She started training in Knoxville on Monday, November 30.
For now, Burchill says that her plan is to continue training past the upcoming Olympic Trials and Olympic Games and swimming professionally.
“My experience with the ISL this season and my love for the sport continues to keep me excited about swimming and I know I have more left to accomplish.”
Burchill arrived at Georgia from the famed Carmel, Indiana high school program where she was a 15-time state champion. As a freshman, she finished 13th individually in the 100 fly and scored All-America honors as part of all of Georgia’s free relays.
She continued to build her career from there, earning 20 total All-America citations in her Georgia career. As a senior in 2020, she was the SEC Champion in the 200 free, though the NCAA Championships that season were ultimately canceled because of the oncoming coronavirus pandemic.
Burchill leaves Georgia ranked #2 in program history in the 100 fly, #4 in the 200 free, #5 in the 100 free, and #9 in the 50 free.
Burchill won a pair of relay golds at the 2019 World University Games in the women’s 400 free and 400 medley relays and bronze as a member of the 400 free relay at the 2018 World University Games. She also earned gold as a prelims swimmer on the American 200 free and 400 free relays at the 2018 World Short Course Swimming Championships, plus a silver as a prelims leg of the country’s 800 free relay.
She swam in the 2020 ISL season for the champion Cali Condors, where she earned individual prize money of $100 just once, but likely added another $30,000 or so in team bonuses. While she didn’t participate in the final, she did race in her team’s other 5 meets and scored 10.75 “MVP” points throughout the season. That ranked her 270th in the league among 309 swimmers who participated in the season.
Burchill was a member of the USA Swimming National Junior Team in 2015 and 2016.