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Swim-Dive Inks Prolific Signing Class

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech Swimming and Diving signed 13 swimmers and divers to the roster over the past week.

The 13 swimmers and divers include one Olympian, four high school state champions and four swimmers who already posses record breaking personal bests.

Deniz Ertan comes to Tech from Anakara, Turkey. Ertan joins a list of notable Turkish swimmers on The Flats. She swam at 2020 Tokyo Olympics for Turkey joining fellow Turkish 2020 Olympians at Georgia Tech, Batur Ünlü, Berke Saka, and Defne Taçyildiz. Ertan is a distance swimmer who competed in the 800 and 1500 free at the Olympics.

Three state champions are coming to The Flats with this class. Kendal Chunn is an eight-time state champion from South Carolina. Chunn has won the state championship in the 100 back and 200 IM all four years she was in high school. Her personal best 200 IM time (2:03.24) would place her eighth in program history.

Christopher Richardson arrives at Tech with five Louisiana state championships. Richardson is the 2020 state champion in the 200 free (1:39.27), 2019 state champion in the 200 free (1:40.91) and 100 back (50.61) and 2018 state champion in the 200 free (1:44.05) and 500 free (4:42.20). The 2021 state championship for Louisiana starts on Nov. 17.

The third high school state champion comes from Ohio. Caroline Porterfield. Porterfield took home the Ohio state title in the 50 free (23.15). Her time at the Ohio State Championship meet would be good for eighth best in program history.

The final incoming Yellow Jacket to hold a state title is Nils Bognar. He took home the state titles in the 200 IM (1:55.21) and 100 back (51.13).

Charles Perks comes to Tech with a personal best in the 1650 free (15:17.18) that would place him eighth all-time in program history in the event. Anne Deedy has a personal best in the 400 IM (4:23.82) that would place her ninth in program history.

There are seven more new Jackets coming in for the 2021-22 season. The men’s side is bringing in William Coady, a freestyle swimmer from Milton, Ga. with personal best in the 50 free and 100 free of 21.44 and 46.10, respectively. Cade Martin is arriving at Georgia Tech with times in the 100 back and 100 fly of 49.03 and 50.26, respectively. Elijah Klier is the only diver of the group. He dove for Coral Springs Diving. Stephen Jones rounds out the signees with the second fastest time in the 100 fly (49.60) at the GHSA 6A State Championships.

The final two recruits come on the women’s side. Kiah Smith is a sprint freestyle swimmer from Ohio with personal bests in the 50 free and 100 free of 23.21 and 50.87, respectively. Sabina Mrzyglod clocked times in the 100 free and 200 IM of 23.52 and 2:05.39, respectively.

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