KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, June 25. IN just a year at the helm of a combined swimming program at the University of Tennessee, head coach Matt Kredich has been pulling in the accolades. Not only did he helm the Lady Volunteers to their top finish ever with a Cinderella third-place finish last year, he's also been working on resurrecting a men's program that imploded just more than a year ago when former head coach John Tremblay burned a legendary career with plenty of personal issues leading him to resign.
Today, Kredich made a huge move in terms of that resurrection with the signing of Australian sprint star Luke Percy to a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Tennessee this coming season. Percy is the top sprinter to come into the NCAA since the Siberian Sizzler Vlad Morozov lit the collegiate scene on fire for the University of Southern California. Now, with Morozov having turned pro earlier this year, Percy is going to have a wide-open door to do some major things for the Vols.
“I can confirm that I will be joining the Vols in September!” Percy told Swimming World. “I made this decision after meeting the head coach Matt Kredich in May, Matt was the type of man that was genuine and honestly wanted to give me the best he could and make the best possible team he can. The decision to join a collage swimming program was because I love team environments where gathering a whole bunch motivated and talented athletes to get the best possible results and I'm keen to start.”
Percy is definitely a sprint stud. He currently ranks fifth in Australia in the men's 50-meter freestyle with a lifetime best 22.24 from the Aussie Age Group Championships. Only the likes of James Magnussen, Matt Targett and the Aboods (Matthew, Andrew) have been faster this year Down Under.
Percy also ranks 10th in Australia in the 100-meter freestyle with a 49.63 from Aussie Nationals. He's the third-fastest teen in that longer distance event behind Cameron McEvoy (48.07) and Alexander Graham (49.11).
His top sprint times convert to a 19.36 and 43.33. His converted time of 19.36 would have placed him fourth at NCAAs this year, while his 43.33 would have finished 15th overall. That would have been huge points for the Volunteers this year, and will definitely help the Big Orange skyrocket up the NCAA rankings next season.