arena signs American 2-time NCAA champion Abrahm DeVine

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Global brand arena have announced their recruitment of American Abrahm DeVine as the latest addition to the company’s roster of swimming champions. The 22-year-old all-rounder has been a member of Stanford University’s Cardinal since 2015, winning two NCAA 400 IM titles, and is currently with the national team competing at the 2019 FINA World Aquatic Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

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Growing up in his home town of Seattle where he swam with the Cascade Swim Club, DeVine garnered national attention as a junior, making the Junior National Team in 2014, before heading south to Palo Alto to study and swim with the Cardinal. He made an immediate impact as a freshman, and in subsequent years developed into the team’s natural leader, winning back-to-back 400 IM NCAA titles in 2018 and 2019.

DeVine’s first major international meet was at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, where he made the 200 IM semi-final. A year later he made the final in the same event at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, finishing fifth. In Gwangju he will make his second World Championship appearance, once again in 200 IM, joining fellow arena-sponsored US athletes Haley Anderson (open water), Ella Eastin (200 IM), and Eleanor Smart (high diving).

“I’m thrilled – obviously – and also really flattered that arena has taken me on,” said DeVine. “It comes at a really important time in my life, now that I’ve finished college and am looking forward to my next set of challenges. So to have such a renowned brand in my corner – not to mention the best racing products on the market – gives me great confidence that the future has exciting and wonderful things in store, for both of us.”

arena is the exclusive outfitter of the U.S. national team, which has already enjoyed medal success in the open water events at the 2019 World Championships, with Anderson winning the 10km silver, Hannah Moore a 5km bronze, and another bronze coming in the 5km relay event.

Having completed his studies in Computer Science, DeVine will focus on swimming in the immediate future, competing for Alto Swim Club under coach Dan Schemmel. Following the 2019 World Championships, his next primary goal is to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. DeVine showed great courage in 2018 when he publicly declared he is gay, making a significant statement in the ongoing effort to eliminate prejudice in American sports.

“We’re really excited about signing Abrahm,” said Mark Pinger, General Manager of arena North America. “It represents another step forward in our growth plans for North America, and cements our continuing commitment to swimming in the US. For his part, Abrahm brings a really positive attitude, great integrity and bravery, and not least a wonderful smile into our arena family. We have no doubt he’ll be an outstanding ambassador for our brand. Following the recent addition to our team of Ella Eastin – who also swims IM and has been friends with Abrahm since before their Stanford days – our roster is growing, and we’ll obviously be rooting to the max for the two of them in Gwangju.”

 

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ABRAHM DEVINE BIO

2-time NCAA Champion

Born:                    3 September1996; Seattle, WA

Discipline:            IM, Freestyle, Backstroke

Coach:                  Dan Schemmel

Club:                     Stanford University, USA / Alto Swim Club, USA

Social:                   Instagram @abrahmdevine

BEST RESULTS

Pan Pacific Championships          2018 Tokyo: Finalist (200 IM)

World LC Championships             2017 Budapest: Semi-finalist (200 IM)

World SC Championships             2016 Windsor: Finalist (400 IM)

 

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