Virginia Nabs Verbal from Eagle Swim Team IMer/Backstroker Colin Bitz

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Colin Bitz of Eagle Swim Team and McDonogh School in Maryland has verbally committed to the University of Virginia for 2021.

I’m so excited and honored to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at the University of Virginia! I want to thank my coaches, family, and friends for the endless support which has gotten me to where I am today. Go Hoos! #wahoowa #shift2021 🔶⚔️🔷


  • 100y free – 46.20
  • 200y free – 1:41.45
  • 50y back – 23.17
  • 100y back – 49.29
  • 200y back – 1:48.08
  • 200y fly – 1:49.61
  • 200y IM – 1:50.98
  • 400y IM – 3:55.45

Bitz is a versatile get for the ‘Hoos, with his best events coming in the backstrokes and IM’s.

This summer, Bitz finished in the top 10 in four events at the 2019 NCSA Summer Championships. His highest finish came in the 200 back, where he went a 2:03.96 to take third. He was also fifth in the 200 fly (2:04.03), seventh in the 100 back (57.61), and 10th in the 200 IM (2:07.50), going LCM bests in all of those events.

As far as backstroke goes, UVA is about to graduate 45.1/1:40.6 backstroker Joe Clark, and 47.1/1:41.6 backstroker Cooper Wozencraft has one year left after this season. Justin Grender, a 47.2/1:47.4 backstroker, will have one year of overlap with Bitz; Grender is a sophomore now.

UVA has a strong IM group, too, and 2019 ACC 400 IM A-finalist Casey Storch will have one year of overlap with Bitz, while freshman Sean Conway will have two.

Bitz joins #18 Jack Aikins, Matthew Styczen, Max Iida, and Tyler Sicignano in the UVA class of 2025 on the men’s side.

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DeSorbo Effect
1 year ago

Welcome to the Party Colin! Wahoowa!

About Karl Ortegon

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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