Youth Olympic Games Medalist Alexander Milanovich Commits to Tennessee

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Canadian breaststroker Alexander Milanovich has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee’s class of 2024. He will join Harrison Lierz and Jacob McDonald in Knoxville in the fall of 2020. Milanovich wrote on social media:

“Super excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University Of Tennessee! Thank you to my family and my friends for the support in making this decision. I couldn’t see myself being anywhere else! Go Vols! 🍊”

Milanovich hails from Etobicoke, Ontario in Canada. He swims for Etobicoke Swim Club under Kevin Thorburn and has represented Canada internationally. Last summer and fall he was on the Canadian junior national team at Junior Pan Pacific Championships and Youth Olympic Games. At the former, he placed 6th in the 100 breast (1:03.38) and swam breast on Canada’s B 400 medley relay (1:02.87). In September at YOG, he scored the bronze medal in the 50 breast with 27.87, coming in just behind South Africa’s Michael Houlie (who is currently a freshman at Tennessee) (27.51) and China’s Sun Jiajun (27.85). He was also a finalist in the mixed 400 medley relay (along with teammates Madison Broad, Joshua Liendo and Kyla Leibel).

In December, Milanovich broke the Canadian National Age Group Record for 16-year-old boys in the SCM 50 breast with 27.33 while winning the event at the Ontario Junior International meet in Toronto. He split 1:00.78 in breast on Etobicoke’s winning 400 medley relay.

He recently went a slew of best times at the Ontario Spring Championships.

Top SCM times (converted to SCY):

  • 50 breast – 27.33 (24.62)
  • 100 breast – 1:00.07 (54.11)
  • 200 breast – 2:19.67 (2:05.90)

Top LCM times:

  • 50 breast – 27.87 (24.20)
  • 100 breast – 1:02.82 (54.79)
  • 200 breast – 2:27.27 (2:09.07)
  • 100 fly – 58.84 (51.74)
  • 200 IM – 2:12.96 (1:56.90)

Milanovich will rejoin current Tennessee freshman Houlie, who was the leading 50/100 breaststroker for the Vols this season. He’ll also overlap two years with Jarel Dillard and Luke Massey.

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Rick Paine
3 years ago

Congratulations Alexander and Matt and Lance. Alexander is an outstanding young man, excellent student and he has a 6’11” wingspan and doesn’t lift weights.

3 years ago

OK now the HE-VOLS gonna be the best BREASTSTROKER college in the world!!! Welcome you made a great choice. Wear the orange with pride and maybe you can get ya a Porcupined Coonskin Cap ta wear…then you will be around 50.0 in the 100 Breaststroke or maybe 49 if you try real hard…Reember the GOOGOODOLL is always there supporting the MAN VOLS.

A boy named Goo
Reply to  googoodoll
3 years ago

They’re not even in the top 10….IU/A&M/SCar/Cal/Mich/Minn/Mizz/USC/Tex/Lou

JP input is too short
Reply to  A boy named Goo
3 years ago

Yeah, Mizzou and IU certainly seem to be the best at developing breaststrokers. Mizzou might have something to do with having Mark Gangloff on coaching staff. Michigan close behind on that front. A&M seemed to be on the way to that but besides Walker their breaststrokers that had big leaps last year took pretty big steps back this year.

I wouldn’t call Texas one of the best breaststroker colleges though – outside of Scheinfeld and Licon, what breaststrokers have they actually gotten markedly better recently?

A boy named Goo
Reply to  JP input is too short
3 years ago

Tex simply bc of the success Eddie has had over time (Hanson, Licon, Lowe, Shanteu, 1/2 of Wilson). Also the women are solid (Sogar).

JP input is too short
3 years ago

Tennessee certainly has cornered the market on sprint breaststrokers that can’t hardly fake a 200!

Reply to  JP input is too short
3 years ago

Haha that was my thought. Stevens, Houlie and now Milanovich

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