Auburn Tigers Receive Verbal from Tyler Babinec

Photo Courtesy: Tyler Babinec

NEW COMMIT: Former NAG relay record holder Tyler Babinec has announced his verbal commitment to swim for Auburn University. The Milford, Ohio native will make his way to Alabama as part of the class of 2023.

Babinec does his club swimming with Mason Manta Rays and is a Junior National qualifier in the 100 breast. He competed at Junior Nationals this past summer, recording four new personal bests to conclude the long course season. Babinec is also the former NAG record-holder in the boys’ 15-16 4×50 free relay and 4×100 free relay.

Babinec also represents Milford High School and finished fifth in the 100 breast (56.30) at the 2018 Ohio State Championships. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American finished third in the same event (56.72) and took eighth in the 50 free (21.28) at the OHSAA meet during his sophomore season.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m so honoured to start the next chapter of life and announce my verbal commitment to Auburn University! When I went on my visit to Auburn, I didn’t want to leave. The campus is beautiful, the facilities are state of the art, and the people here are amazing. I’m so excited to get the education I want while at the same time be engulfed in everything that is Auburn Swimming and Diving. Thank you to the coaches at Auburn for putting together something amazing, thank you to all my coaches throughout the years for putting me together, and thank you to my parents and friends for keeping me together. Here’s to the new plains! WAR EAGLE!!!”

His best times include:

  • 100 breast – 55.70
  • 200 breast – 2:02.46
  • 50 free – 21.26
  • 100 free – 47.27
  • 200 free – 1:44.65

Babinec will join a talented group when he arrives on campus for the 2019-20 season. In the sprint freestyle events, he will have one year overlap with Santiago Grassi and two years with Cade Overbeek. He will also join a breaststroke training group that includes Spencer Rowe and Bryar Long. The Tigers finished sixth at last year’s SEC Championships.