Canadian Junior Champion Asia Minnes Verbally Commits to Lady Vols for 2021-22

Asia Minnes
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NEW COMMIT: The University of Tennessee has scored another early verbal commitment for the 2021-22 season, this time from Asia Minnes who will join Summer Smith in Knoxville as a member of the class of 2025.

Minnes lives in Roanoke, Va. but represents Canada internationally. An incredibly versatile swimmer, she most recently won the 200m IM at Virginia LCM Seniors in July and was a two-time champion at that meet in February. Last winter, she earned a pair of best times at Winter Nationals and grabbed three gold medals at TYR Junior Nationals in March.

At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in April, she finished ninth in the 200m IM, 10th in the 100m back, and 13th in the 50m breast. She earned silver in the 200m IM and bronze in the 100m back this past summer at the RBC Swimming Championships and won the 200m IM at the 2018 Canada Junior Championships.

She told Swimming World:

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to University of Tennessee! I want to thank my coaches, friends and mostly my family for all the support and belief in me. I am honored to be part of the Vol family!” 

In SCY, her best times include:

  • 50 free – 23.13
  • 100 free – 49.97
  • 50 breast – 29.51
  • 100 breast – 1:00.61
  • 50 fly – 25.22
  • 100 fly – 55.42
  • 50 back – 25.32
  • 100 back – 53.86
  • 200 IM – 1:58.65

In LCM, her best times include:

  • 50m free – 36.54
  • 100m free – 58.16
  • 50m breast – 32.84
  • 100m breast – 1:11.40
  • 50m fly – 28.62
  • 50m back – 29.44
  • 100m back – 1:02.45
  • 200m IM – 2:16.40

Minnes will make a big impact when she arrives on Rocky Top, even with just under two years of club swimming to go before suiting up for the Lady Vols. Her versatility will be extremely beneficial and she could find herself in a number of different events throughout her college career. She would’ve scored in the B-final of the 100 breast as well as the C-final of the 100 back and 200 IM at the 2019 SEC Championships where Tennessee finished fourth overall in the team standings.

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  1. Irene Theders

    Yay!!!! Super happy for you Asia 😍😘❤️

  2. Pam Esser

    Congratulations to Asia! So happy for you! 🧡

  3. Jeff Mindlin

    So happy for you, Asia! Congrats!!!

  4. Juliana Link

    They are getting the best! Congrats my Asia!

  5. Steve Cox

    Glad to welcome her to Big Orange Country! Go Vols!!