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The University of Tennessee men’s swimming and diving team just got a verbal commitment from Australia’s Braga Verhage, a top sprinter from West Coast Swimming Club in Perth.
“I’m incredibly excited to join Tennessee. With its great combination of athletics and studies I believe it’s a place where I can reach my goals. It has fantastic facilities and an awesome coaching team. Go Vols!”
Verhage is primarily a sprint freestyler, 100 backstroker and 100 butterflier. At the recent Western Australia State Teams Age Short Course meet in Canberra, Verhage put up best times in the the 50 SCM free (22.18), 50 SCM back (25.01), 50 SCM fly (23.47), and 100 SCM fly (53.61). He was fourth in the 50 free at Australian Age Group Nationals this summer in the long course pool, clocking a swift 23.19. Verhage’s converted short course meters times amount to:
Verhage is the second sprint star that head coach Matt Kredich has mined from Australia; Luke Percy spent a year at Knoxville as a Volunteer in 2013-14 before deciding to head back to his native Southport Olympic Swimming Club. Verhage will be an immediate-impact player for the Vols, adding strength to the sprints and relay events, and is a great complement to the already- committed members of the class of 2020:
- Alec Connolly – sprint free/back
- Nathan Murray – back/IM/mid-distance free
- Taylor Abbott – distance free
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