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Head Coach Courtney Shealy Hart and Assistant Coach Bill Koppelman have received two additional verbal commitments, after those of Aidan Pastel and Brennan Day, further bolstering the class of 2020: Austin Whalen of Southlake, Texas, and Danny Yos of Orange, California.
“I chose Georgia Tech because of the great coaches, incredible team atmosphere, and the fantastic academic and other opportunities outside of the pool. I would like to thank my parents and coaches for helping me through this process, my teammates for pushing me every day and supporting me, and the coaches at Georgia Tech for giving me this amazing opportunity. Go Jackets!”
Whalen also swims under Coach Bill Christensen at North Texas Nadadores, where he is primarily a middle distance swimmer with a focus on the 100 and 200 freestyles, 200 back, and 200 fly. At the 2015 Texas 6A High School State Championships, Whalen placed tenth in the 200 free and 15th in the 100 free and was on both Southlake Carroll’s freestyle relays. His top times include:
Whalen has had phenomenal time drops over the last year, to the tune of 2-3 seconds in every event in both short-course and long-course seasons. More impressive still was his 9.3-second improvement in the 400y IM. With his versatile repertoire, Whalen should be able to move into whatever holes Hart and Koppelman need filling. Already nearly all of Whalen’s top times make the Georgia Tech top-ten list for the 2014-15 season; if he continues to develop as he has over the last year, he will be a major contributor to the Yellow Jackets’ efforts at conference.
“I would like to thank Coach Todd and Coach Brian for developing me to be the swimmer that I am today. I also would like to thank my parents, family, and my teammates for pushing me so that I can compete at another level. It was a difficult decision to make, but the coaching staff and the athletes at Georgia Tech made my decision an easy one. Of the many excellent coaches at Georgia Tech, I would especially like to thank Coaches Courtney and Neil.”
Yos had a breakout season as a sophomore in high school, earning his first bid to Juniors. The following season he fell ill at Juniors, his championship meet, and consequently his in-season unrested times stood out at his fastest. Like many of the profiles coming from AZOT, Yos excels in 2/4 IM and 1/2 back, but he also has developed into a strong distance freestyler.
Yos was invited to the inaugural CIF state meet this past May, where he placed 10th in the 200 IM (1:51.60) and 13th in the 100 back (50.94). His top times over the last two seasons include:
Yos’ fastest 200 and 400 IMs would have ranked fourth on the top-ten performances list at Georgia Tech last year, and his 100/200 backs and distance freestyles would have made the top ten as well. However, it took a 3:56.6/1:48.6 to make the “C” finals in the 200/400 IM at last year’s ACC Championships, and 48.0/1:47.5 to get a second swim in the backstrokes.
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