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Nicklas Bohn, a junior with the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Georgia, has verbally committed to the University of Alabama. He will arrive in Tuscaloosa in the fall of 2021 as a member of Alabama’s class of 2025.
Bohn, who swam for Forsyth Central High School as a freshman but hasn’t since, has top times as an IMer and mid-distance freestyler, with versatility to support the former as he progresses to college. As a 13-14 in 2017, he won the 200 back at the Southern Premier Meet in Nashville, which is one of the country’s top non-championship club meets annually.
Best Times in Yards:
- 200 free – 1:41.01
- 500 free – 4:33.40
- 1000 free – 9:44.00
- 1650 free – 16:02.13
- 100 back – 51.13
- 200 back – 1:50.29
- 100 breast – 56.69
- 200 breast – 2:03.91
- 100 fly – 52.95
- 200 fly – 1:55.09
- 200 IM – 1:50.77
- 400 IM – 3:55.23
At last year’s SEC Championship meet, it took times of 1:46.4 and 3:50.0, respectively, to score in the men’s IM races. Alabama sophomore Nicholas Perera finished 4th in the 400 IM.
Given geographic proximity, and generally a lack of depth in the in-state swimming, Alabama has relatively-few swimmers from the state of Georgia on their current roster. Last season, they had only 4 on the men’s and women’s teams combined, including freshman Cam Auerbach from the same Dynamo Swim Club. That trend continues, with no public commits in the class of 2020 and Bohn being the first in the class of 2021.
The Alabama men showed some progress under first-year head coach Coley Stickels last season, jumping from 6th place to 4th place in the conference. One path to sustained success would be through a bigger presence from the fertile recruiting grounds to the east in Georgia.
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