Winter US Open Qualifier Tucker Valliere Sends Verbal Commitment to UNC

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Tucker Valliere, a high school junior from Clyde, North Carolina, has elected to remain in-state for his collegiate career, handing a verbal commitment to the Tar Heels for 2023-24.

“I’m so pumped to announce my commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! I want to thank my family, friends/teammates, coaches, and most importantly God for giving me the talent and opportunity to swim at the next level. Go Heels!!👣🐏💙”

Valliere swims for the Asheville School and Blues Aquatics Asheville. He specializes mainly in breaststroke and IM, but he also swims butterfly and freestyle. At the 2021 North Carolina Independent Division 2 Schools Swimming and Diving State Championships, he was runner-up in the 100 fly (52.19) and came in third in the 100 breast (58.07). He also contributed to the state-champion 200 free relay (21.69 split) and the  second place 200 medley relay (26.28 breast split).

At the 2021 Speedo Winter Juniors-East, he notched PBs in the 100/200 breast and 200 IM with a finals appearance in the 200 breast (23rd). He competed in the 100 and 200 breast in August at the Speedo Summer Championships-East, again placing 23rd in the 200.

Best SCY times:

  • 100 breast – 55.87
  • 200 breast – 2:01.18
  • 200 IM – 1:52.01
  • 400 IM – 4:06.50

Valliere will overlap with UNC breaststrokers Dylan Citta, Patrick Hussey, Kendall Ewing, and Perry Becker. It took 54.20/1:59.29 in the breast and 1:46.94/3:54.14 in the IMs to make finals at the 2021 ACC Men’s Championships.

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