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The Georgia men’s swimming team is going back to basics in recruiting. After a down year last season, the Bulldogs are rebuilding using old recruiting pipelines. Earlier this week, South African National Champion Henré Louw committed to Georgia, and on Thursday morning, an announcement came from French swimmer Tommy-Lee Camblong.
Both swimmers specialize in the distance freestyle events, with Camblong expected to join Georgia in the fall of 2020 and Louw in the fall of 2021.
Camblong trains at Canet 66 Natation under coach Cyrille Gualbert. Camblong is the French Age Record holder in the 800 free in long course meters for both 17-year olds (8:03.47) and 18-year olds (7:53.59).
The latter of those times was done at the World Junior Swimming Championships this summer in Budapest, where he finished in 6th place. He also finished 13th in the 400 free, and 8th in the 1500 free at that meet.
Cambalong’s Lifetime Bests:
|800 free||7:53.59||8:50.63 (1000Y)|
|1500 free||15:18.33||15:00.32 (1650Y)|
Cambalong is a year older but also a year faster than Louw is to date, but both will be a crucial part of rebuilding Georgia in the fashion that has brought them success in the past: with more focus on distance events rather than sprints and relay events. Georgia currently has 4 of the top-8 ranked 500 yard freestylers in the SEC, led by sophomore Andrew Abruzzo (who will overlap with both Cambalong and Louw).
Past Georgia swimmers who have represented France at the Olympic Games include Nicolas Kintz in 2000 and 2004 and Sebastien Rouault in 2008.
Camblong plans on studying Marine Biology at Georgia.
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