Virginia Signs Brendan Casey, Jack Smith to Class of 2014

Photo Courtesy: Virginia Athletics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, April 23. VIRGINIA swimming and diving head coach Augie Busch announced Wednesday (April 23) that Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Jack Smith (London, England) have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Cavalier men for the 2014-15 season.

Casey and Smith join the group of Jack Bowtell, Luke Georgiadis, Nicholas Magana, Anthony Marcantonio and Henrik Pohlmann, who all signed in the fall.

Brendan Casey
Distance Free/IM
Santa Monica, Calif. – Santa Monica High School
Team Santa Monica
Short-Course Yards
500 Free: 4:27.37
1,650 Free: 15:37.32
200 Back: 1:47.79
400 IM: 3:54.53
Long-Course Meters
400 Free: 4:03.29
1,500 Free: 16:07.25
200 Back: 2:06.81
• Member of the U.S. Junior National Open Water Team
• Placed sixth in the individual 5k event at the 2012 World Junior Open Water Championships
• Finished third as part of Team USA in the 3k event at the same meet

Busch on Casey: “It’s great to officially welcome Brendan to our program here at UVa. I believe it will not be long until Brendan is making significant contributions on our team. He has a great pedigree and skill set which is likely to serve him well at the next level. He is a great student, has a tremendous work ethic and is dedicated to maximizing his potential in the pool. We definitely are excited to work with him in the near future.”

Jack Smith
Sprint Freestyle
Stoke-on-Trent, England – Plymouth Leander
Plymouth Leander
Long-Course Meters
50 Free: 23.33
100 Free: 50.70
200 Free: 1:51.81
Short-Course Meters
50 Free: 23.58
100 Free: 49.40
200 Free: 1:50.64
• Will compete for England at the 2014 European Junior Championships in July
• Earned silver as part of the 4x100m free relay at the 2013 European Junior Championships in Poznan, Poland
• Placed sixth as the anchor leg for the 4x100m medley relay and qualified for the semifinals and finished 12th in the 100m free at the same meet
• Age-group national champion in the 100m free and age-group record holder in 50m free

Busch on Smith: “We are so excited to have Jack join our program. We feel he is going to do special things here. He is a great talent whose freestyle speed will immediately impact our relays. He is excited to come to the United States for school and I feel like his attitude will only enhance the culture we are working to establish. The coaches and I are delighted he chose UVa, and now it is time to help him achieve great things as a part of our men’s team.”

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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